I've Got The Best Job in the Country!!!

| March/April 1999



3314 Duff Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001

It all started in 1995 after I retired from a career in the United States Air Force. I now find myself as a professional driving instructor for CR England (the big red trucks out on the highway). However, while in the Air Force being transferred from Wyoming to Florida and back to Wyoming, I made some wonderful friends. Some are in the South, West and in the Midwest where I grew up. I return there every summer for the show at the Coolsprings Power Museum in Coolsprings, Pennsylvania, and the Tri-State Show in Portland, Indiana. Both of these shows are where I got to know some of the big collectors around the country.

Having a job as a truck driver, I travel around the country where I may have a little time on my hands. I have teamed or been an instructor since I have been with CR England, so I can move across the country in two or three days. So whenever I pick up a load that may give me some extra time, I pull out the map and see who I might know along the route I would be on, and give them a call to see if we could get together and talk about their iron.

Most of the time my loads are going to the East Coast. CR England is out of Salt Lake City, Utah, so I can leave Utah and run to Coolsprings, Pennsylvania, in about 30 hours. When I leave the company on a Friday and do not have to deliver out on the East Coast until Monday, my student and I would put the hammer down (trucker talk for not stopping for anything but fuel and nature call breaks) and be in Coolsprings, Pennsylvania, Saturday afternoon. That would give me a day working on something at the museum, (picture 1) like the 25 HP Lima engine from the Lima Gas Engine Works, Ohio, (picture 2).

Dr. Paul Harvey, co-founder of the museum, moved the Lima engine to Coolsprings some 25 years ago where it just sits needing lots of work. God willing, and the creek not rising again causing a flood, it will be running at the 1999 summer show. Dr. Paul has been very hospitable to me and my co-drivers, opening up his home to us when we are able to stop and work. Thanks, Doc!!!

Not only has Coolsprings been a stopping point, but the engine guys all over the country have welcomed me in to see their collections, like Ed Laginess of Monroe, Michigan. Here you can see all three Cam stoppers sitting in a row Columbus, Calahan and Field-Brundage. Plus his beautiful 15 HP Miami from the Middletown Machine Company, (picture 3) Then there is Stiles Bradley of Pavilion, New York, where you can see five Springfields from Springfield, Ohio, and the rest of his fine collection including his 4 HP Springfield, (picture 4) Next there is Anton Affentianger of Bakersfield, California, and his wonderful collection of Unions; and the rest of his California collection, which includes a Samson, (picture 5), Western, Mink, Frisco Standard's, and a Regan.