| November/December 1976

300 West Broadway, Winchester, Kentucky.

Have noticed in July-August G.E.M. a Hagan Engine owned by Andy Kruse of Park Ridge, Illinois. This brings to mind a question - 'How many Hagan Engines are owned by collectors across the country?' If everyone out there who owns a Hagan Engine will send me information - including Model, Serial Number and if name plate reads 'Hagan Gas Engine and Manufacturing Company' or 'Old Reliable' or 'L.T. & C. Hagan,' I will make the necessary effort to get the information down on a piece of paper and mail it to G.E.M. so anyone interested can have the information.

You folks might be interested to know the Old Hagan Factory building still stands here in Winchester - Empty, deserted, lonely. No trace remains of what the place was once used for: I have searched the inside of the building; no papers, no sales slips, no blueprints, no Hagan parts, no nothing. Just an old oaken cask rotting away. A piece of timber here, a scrap of metal there - nothing that says this was once the Hagan Gas Engine and Manufacturing Company employing some 80 persons from 1904-17 turning our 350-400 gas engines a year: As I stood in the dank empty quiet old building, I thought of pictures in the old Hagan Catalogue showing these same spaces filled with equipment, metal working machines powered by many flat belts dropping down from overhead line shafts turned by Hagan Gas Engines housed on still another floor. Electric lights powered by Dynamo's run by Hagan Engines.

But all this gone now, the equipment gone, the people gone, the sounds of the clanking machinery gone, the pop and cough of the gas engines gone. Only the shell of the building remains and the quietness and perhaps the spirit of the people who labored there remains, I wonder, peering at me through the gloom, wishing they could tell me of their day.

There are only three people left that I know of, who worked in the Hagan Factory in those days. They tell me of the working conditions, the long hours, no coffee breaks, no vacations, no back talk for employees to the management - $2.00 per day wages for top men, and the pay wasn't supposed to include an occasional sneak off to the beer garden for a quick beer on company time. But that was the way it was then - no better was asked for or expected.

But Hey! a few old Hagan Gas Engines remain in the hands of collectors - so you people out there - fix them up good and take them to shows so people can see a trace of what once was.


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