Reid memories

Oil Field Engine News

| December/January 2004

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  • Reid banquet
    Reid banquet, 1912: Paul Dietz's father, John Dietz, is fourth from the right, bottom row. The tall man in the back row, eighth from the right, is Joseph Reid.

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  • Reid banquet

Happy Holidays Oil Field Engine enthusiasts! Recently, my good friend John Burns of New Carlisle, Ohio, proprietor of Oil Field Engine Parts LLC, shared with me a letter he received from Paul Dietz. John and Paul met when Paul noticed John wearing a shirt with the 'Reid' logo on it. I found Paul's letter and an accompanying photo he sent to John so interesting that I inquired of John if Paul Dietz would mind me sharing it with the readers of Gas Engine Magazine. John called Dietz, who was happy to share the letter, and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Reid Memories: By Paul Dietz
John: I am glad that I noted 'Reid' on your shirt. It was nice talking to you. As I said, my Father, John Dietz, sold Reid engines and powers in the Reid branch located on Second Street in Marietta, Ohio. He worked for them from 1901 until the depression in 1928, when he lost his job. It was a severe blow to him when he was let go; at this time there were no jobs available.

My father's territory was southern Ohio and northern West Virginia. Father was a good salesman and sold most of the Reid engines in this area

In the summertime I would go with Father on his sales trips. One time we stopped at Volcano, W.Va., to see the continuous-cable pumping setup, which was the only one of its kind. The rope went continuously in one direction from one well to another and pumped several wells at one time. There is a model of this operation at the Oil and Gas Museum in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Joseph Reid came to Marietta one time and stayed at our home, and he held me on his lap - an event I well remember.

Do they still use gas-o-meters? Such as where there are two large cans, one upside-down in the other with oil in the bottom of one as a sealant. This gadget was used to make sure a volume of gas was available when the charging cylinder sucked in gas. Many times they didn't need the gas-o-meter, instead they used a joint of large casing connected to the gas supply line next to the engine as a reservoir to supply the volume of gas necessary.