Foos Jr. Restored

| April/May 1989

After removing canvas and sticks

After removing canvas and sticks.

60 Peach Hill Road, Berlin, Massachusetts 01503

My son Bob and I have been interested in old engines for the past four years, and during those years GEM has helped us to answer questions, solve problems, locate parts and to communicate with fellow collectors. Every month we look forward to reading about the adventures and finds of other 'old iron addicts'. It's these experiences that we all hope will happen to us. On June 25, 1988 it was our turn to strike gold.

After attending the Central Massachusetts Gas & Steam Show in Orange, MA, we packed up the family and headed for a weekend vacation in Tuftenboro, New Hampshire. Upon arrival at the cottage, my wife Nancy unpacked our things and suggested that I take our German shepherd for a walk as the dog seemed restless. She suggested that I take the wood path across the street where her mother walks her dog.

While walking the dog up this path I noticed what appeared to be an old stove covered with an old canvas. Curiosity drove me closer and I thought I could see a flywheel! Upon closer inspection I discovered a 'one-lunger' in remarkably good condition. Imagine my surprise when my hand moved the flywheel.

I knew that this land belonged to Tom and Polly Murray. The Murrays live next to my in-laws Fred and Shirley Fiske. The dog and I beat a hasty retreat to our cottage.

I immediately went next door to see Tom to inquire if the engine might be for sale. Tom told me that a fellow that used to rent the cottage across the street had brought the engine there over thirty years ago. Tom said that he put the canvas over the engine a 'few' years ago (when I touched the canvas it disintegrated upon contact). Tom said that he was glad he found someone who could use the old engine. I offered to pay him a fair value for the engine, but Tom said that he knew a thousand dollars would be too much and that a dollar was too little and that he thought that I should just take the engine if I could use it. Tom wanted to know if we wanted to have him help us load it up now!