Courtesy of Charles E. Bibler, 532 W. Hardin St., Findlay, Ohio 45810
523 W. Hardin St. Findlay, Ohio 15840
My experience with Olds gasoline engines started in 1910, when my father bought a type A 4? hp. Olds engine to grind feed and do some wood sawing. I ran this engine a lot.
In 1914, I got married and went to work in an automobile factory; but, in 1921, my father passed away and I took over the farm and equipment. I then bought a type A 1? hp. Olds engine for running pumps and our washing machine.
By that time there were several Olds engines being used in my neighborhood, but as several of them were being replaced by tractors, I bought the Olds engines not being used, rebuilt them and sold them to other farmers who had use for them. In a period of six (6) years I bought, rebuilt and sold 10 Olds engines in sizes of 1? to 8 hp.
The Olds engines were built by the Seager Engine Works in Lansing, Michigan. I bought parts to make repairs from The Reliance Engineering Company of Lansing, Michigan.
During my experience with Olds gasoline engines, I operated steam threshing machines, mostly Huber and Advance. My age at that time was between 28 and 35 years. I am now 76 and I enjoy going to 2 or 3 threshermen's reunions each year. There are many gasoline engines and steam threshing units on display and operating at those reunions.
I will be glad to answer any questions on the Olds gasoline engine that I can. I wish now that I had one of the 1? hp. Olds engines to play around with.