Early Day Engine Club of Sandwich Illinois


| May/June 1975



Unique Model Tractor

Verle Johnson

Route 2, Marseilles, Illinois 61341

Thank you for your informative publication. You are a true friend of all Engine collectors, be it Steam or Gas. I would like to tell you a little something about our club which might be of interest to you and your readers.

We, here in the North Central part of Illinois, formed a Gas Engine Club in 1970 for the preservation of the old one lungers, and for our own enjoyment also. We have for the last three years sponsored a Gas Engine show along with our local Antique Car club at the Sandwich Fairgrounds which is the oldest Fairgrounds in the state with beautiful Oak trees on it for plenty of shade. Also, this Fairground is less than a mile from where the Sandwich Gas Engine was manufactured. Naturally there are quite a few of these engines at the show and of great interest to the members of our club. We try to hold this show on the last Sunday of June; this year it will be on the 29th of June.

Our first show in 1972 was of modest size with a great deal of enthusiasm from our members and from the people viewing our efforts of preservation. We raffled off a Sandwich Vari Speed engine at this show which created quite a bit of interest.

Our second show gained even more engines for exhibition and a much larger crowd. At this show we raffled off a 1-1/2 H.P. John Deere engine. Both years the engines were won by boys in their early teens, and they have both become very avid fans of the engine collecting hobby.

Unique Model Tractor by Don Musback, Grafton, Wisconsin pulling a very old small wooden wheels wagon, powered by 1-1/2 HP Sandwich engine.