| May/June 1970

Box 63, College Springs, Iowa 51637.

A few issues back there was mention of the many engines built in Waterloo, Iowa, and I have a comment to make to the confusion of the already too complicated data.

While thumbing through a 1904 farm magazine, I noticed two companies from Waterloo, Iowa, advertising in the same issue. One was the 'Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company' and the other was the 'Waterloo Motor Company,' both building gasoline engines. I assume the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company survived as I have a 4 hp. Waterloo manufactured by the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. On later models the engine nameplate read 'Waterloo Boy.' My 'Waterloo' looks like the first models of the 'Waterloo Boy' that I have seen. Also on page 18 of the first issue of GEM, 1966, John Hansen of Perth Amboy, N. J., shows a 'Waterloo' engine that I have looked at several times and scratched my head over. Maybe John could give us more data on this engine. Is it a Waterloo, Iowa, built engine?

Also I have 2 - 3 hp. Worthington Ingeco engines. In the April, 1914, Gas Review the Ingeco engine is advertised and in later issues of the Gas Review the company name was given as the Worth-ington-Ingeco, actually stated as 'The Ingeco Iron Works' a division of 'The Worthington Pump and Machinery Co.' Did Worthington buy out Ingeco and drop their own line or did they buy out Ingeco and redesign and sell the Worthington, dropping the old Ingeco design? It appears to me that the latter is true.

One last comment, on page 4 of issue 6,1969, there is a picture of a 3 hp. Appleton engine. I have a picture of a 4 hp. Rock Island which must have been made by the Appleton Mfg. Co. as it looks very similar. The original owner said it was purchased around 1916. The question naturally is: at what time did Appleton quit making engines for Rock Island and when did Alamo take over?

1909 Mitchell owned by Darrell Houstman of Washington, D.C. Picture taken in October 1965 at the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show.

Ken Abernathy
3/13/2010 8:46:19 AM

I used to work for Bendall Pontiac in Alexandria, Va when William Bendall senior owned the dealership. Later was owned by Bob Rodes, Mort Traub and Bill Bendall Jr. All three are dead now but during the ten years that I worked for Bendall Pontiac, it was a very good dealership. I remember the Model T's and Model A's that Bill Jr had. I moved to Florida ten years ago and this afternoon I started thinking about the dealership and the people that worked there. I looked in the computer for some of the employees and found one in Laplata, Md, Joe Hildreth. He was a mechanic for many years there. He informed me that Bill Jr had passed away. He had some of the best Model A's and Model T's that you would ever find. As they say, those were the good old days.


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