Route 1, Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin 53578
Dear Anna Mae:
I have been meaning to write to you since reading the May-June issue of GEM. This is in regards to Mr. Jack Allen's request for information on the Monitor Gas Engine.
The pump engine, which was pictured in this issue, was very common in this part of the country. The Baker Mfg. company of Evansville, Wisconsin, which built this engine, is still in business today. They manufacture Monitor Water Systems, Pumps, Pitless Well Units, Gray Iron Castings and Hydrofoils. They also distributes plumbing and heating supplies, well supplies and well drilling equipment. This is a very large company and their equipment is very common here in Wisconsin.
I have written Baker Mfg. to try to find out when my Monitor Pump Engine was built--but it seems that their records have been destroyed on these old gas engines, as they wrote back that they could give no information or literature on this engine.
Besides building the Monitor Pump Engine they also built horizontal hooper cooled engines up to at least 6 H.P. that I know of. They also built a vertical hopper- cooled engine in several sizes--these went up to at least 6 H.P. also, as I have seen one this size.
Hope this may be of some help to others.