Krebs' Witte

| May/June 1996

  • 6 HP Witte

  • 6 HP Witte

5923 Paloma Needville, Texas 77461

Hello! Here is a picture we took of a 6 HP Witte, 1919. This engine has been in the Krebs family of Willow Springs, Texas, since it was purchased new.

The Krebs family settled here six generations ago. The entire town or 'berg' (whatever you prefer), consists of a store that Mr. Krebs keeps open just so Willow Springs will not die. At one time there was a one-room school t and a cotton gin. The school is gone and so is the gin and his son lives on the property where the school was. I admire this man to keep this old store open just so the town will not die!

This Witte engine was bought by Mrs. Krebs' grandfather in 1919 and he used it for sawing wood around his farm. The engine was kept inside a shed for its lifetime. I restored and brought the engine back to life for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Krebs and I think it looks good. The engine is in excellent condition and it runs as good as it looks. I know some engine folks who will refer to this engine restoration as 'Custom' as I do recall there was an article about a Maytag engine in a 1993 issue of GEM. So for those folks, we will refer to the restoration as 'Custom.' We know, without anyone telling us, these are not the original colors.