'Care-O-Seen' Engine

| May/June 1995

1072 4th Street Ext. Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022

I was always interested in gasoline engines from my teen days on up to the present. They fascinated me a great deal.

When I was in service in World War II, I was a part of the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic (as Sergeant).

I went to two different Army Air Corps airplane schools: Gillport, Mississippi, and then I went to the B-24 Ford plant at Ypsilanti, Michigan. I worked on B-24s, B-25s, B-26s and P-38, P40, C-47, etc. So you can see that engines were a great part of my life.

When I was discharged from the service back in 1945, my dad and I started to go to farm auctions once again. We went to one on a Saturday and they had a lawn mower on the auction block. Dad wanted this mower so he put a couple of bids on it. He asked the auctioneer if it would run. The auctioneer asked his helper to start the mower. They pulled and pulled, but no start. Not even a sound out of it. The auctioneer said, 'I guarantee 100% that it will run, because we had it running yesterday and it sounded good and was okay.'

So Dad bid on it and the mower was his. I watched Dad take the mower to the truck and before putting it in, he pulled a few times and nothing. Not even one fire!