GREAT SHOW AT MURRAY,IOWA

JUNE 12 -13 1976


| November/December 1976


Corydon, Iowa 50060.

The Murray, Iowa boys did it again. They put on another popping good gas engine show June 12-13, 1976. Their second annual show. I found out talking with Rich Parsons that on the 12th they had 80 engines on hand; some had to leave the first day but more came in on the second day. I think there were around 70 engines there on the 13th. Dick Ries of Des Moines, had his old Hart Parr tractor on hand. This is a 15-30 with a serial number of 11689. No one is sure of the year of this tractor but it is guessed at somewhere between 1915 and 1917.

This show had some unusual small engines; Marvin Naitre of Des Moines had a salesman model of a 7 HP Stickney. This was either made of aluminum or pot metal. It was light and small. Marvin said he captured this one over in Pennsylvania. Besides this little model, Marvin showed an Olds engine, an Independent Harvester Co. of Piano, Illinois 2 HP engine, and a Samson 5 HP made by the Samson Iron Works, Stockton, California.

Another small engine was shown by Bernard Cline of Norwalk, Iowa. This engine was made by the American Steel Products Company, Macomb, Illinois % HP serial number 1003. It was found when an old salvage yards at Ames, Iowa was being cleared off. A man saw part of the flywheel sticking out of the ground where a bulldozer had run over it. This engine took some fixing to get it going, as the crankshaft was bent and parts were missing. Bernard has it up in fine running condition now. I have previously seen engines like this that were called the Globe.

Another small engine was one made by Stephen McCally of Murray, Iowa. It's a model of the Flour City engine, owned by Wilbur Ries, of Murray. Stephen said he thought it took him around 250 hours to make this engine. He did all his own casting and machine work, and the little engine runs. Stephen's occupation is sign painting. If he paints signs as good as he made this model, his signs will talk to you without being read.

Russ Carpenter of Coon Rapids, Iowa brought two small gas engines to the show. One, he said was not patterned after anything but the other was a model of Nelson Side Shaft engine made in Harlan, Iowa many years ago. These engines were made by Jake Smouse and I neglected to get his address.






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