DEAN?ENGINE CO.:THE ORIGINAL REBEL


| March 2005



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1912 advertisement featuring Fox Motors.

Some time ago, Gas Engine Magazine acquired a small collection of old photographs and miscellaneous information regarding the Dean Engine Co. However, our research has not led to any substantial additional information, so we are asking readers for feedback and any additional information or resources you feel may help us in our search. Until then, we would like to share with you what we have found:

We queried Kentucky resident and engine collector Tommy Turner, who has particular interest in Kentucky-based engine companies. Tommy tells us that, "Dean was in the foundry business, and this possibly led to the engine construction side of the company. They were located in Covington, Ky., directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, and very possibly had ties to the industrial manufacturers in Cincinnati. I know they eventually merged and became the Fox Reversible Motor Co., which built marine engines. There are a few around, but they are still a rare find."

In American Gas Engines Since 1872, C.H. Wendel states, "Dean engines first appeared about 1904. A sideshaft design was featured, and both the intake and exhaust valves were mechanically operated. The steel connecting rod was machined from solid billet. About 1907 the firm took the name of Dean-Waterman Co. This was followed by a 1910 consolidation of the Dean interests with Fox Reversible Gas Engine Co., also of Covington. Little is known of the company after this time. At one point, Dean engines ranged in size from 3 to 100 HP."

The Kenton County Historical Society Board offered input, writing Gas Engine Magazine that, "Dean Gas Engine & Foundry Co. apparently began in Covington in 1904. It became the Dean-Waterman Co. in 1907, then in 1910 merged and became the Fox Reversible Gas Engine Co. The connection is the name of a Dean employee - William Stephenson."

Note the above statement claims the Dean Gas Engine & Foundry Co. began in 1904, and that the company became Dean-Waterman Co. in 1907. And yet, old city directories claim the Dean-Waterman Co. was operating as early as 1904. This leads us to believe the first engines manufactured by Dean were likely done so under the Dean-Waterman name. The following business listings come from Covington and Newport, Ky., city directories:

1904-05, Covington - Dean-Waterman Co.,
79 W. 9th St.
President M.B. Dean
Secretary and Treasurer S.J. Waterman
1908-09, Newport - Fox Reversible Gasoline Engine, 1st and Washington
President E.E. Schmidt
Vice President M.B. Dean
Secretary A.G. Dean
1910-11, Newport - Fox Reversible Gasoline Engine, 1st and Washington
President M.B. Dean
Vice President A.G. Dean