Found in a Barn

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Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook sends in this photo of his 2-1/2 HP John Lauson
hit-and-miss. Jesse has owned this engine, s/n WA63464, for two
years. When found, it was still on its original skids, but in
running condition. Work has been limited to a cosmetic restoration,
including new skids.

This particular engine was originally sold by Tranner Machinery
Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., and its exact year of production is
unknown.

The John Lauson Manufacturing Co., New Holstein, Wisc., began
the manufacture of gas engines around 1895, staying in business
until 1935, when the company was sold and reorganized under the
Hart-Carter Co. of Peoria, Ill.

Contact engine enthusiast Jesse E. Cook at: 2423 Younger Dr.,
Charleston, WV 25306.

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