Perkins Model B with a Pedigree

The tale of a Perkins Model B that began its working life providing power for a doctor’s practice.


| June/July 2018


Pedigree: derivation, origin, or history: The engines that can be traced from their original applications and owners to present day are in a distinct minority, but we recently pieced together an interesting story of an unusual little vertical sideshaft Perkins. Let me tell you the tale of a Perkins with a pedigree.

This particular Perkins has a well-established pedigree, as shown by its known timeline:

• Manufacture date (circa 1908) to approximately 1920: Owned by Dr. Samuel Murdock, Sabetha Kansas, founder of the present-day Sabetha Community Hospital, respected physician, surgeon, mayor and philanthropist.

• 1920 to approximately 1970: Owned by the Osterhaus family, farmers/stockmen, Oneida, Kansas.



• 1970 to 2017: Owned by Regis Becker, longtime engine collector, Seneca, Kansas.

• 2017 to present: Owned by Larry Lucke, prominent collector/restorer of rare and desirable engines, Lincoln, Nebraska, area.













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