REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word


| August/September 1999



Taylor's Light Farm Tractor

Photo 5-12

Recently we were pleasantly surprised by a package that arrived in the mail. Inside was a beautiful plaque naming ye olde Reflector as an Honorary Member of Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. We are pleased and honored. Our thanks to all those involved!

Many years ago, this writer was instrumental in the formation of Branch 8 of EDGE&TA, here in Iowa and surrounding areas. Subsequently there was a bit of upheaval within the organization, and Branch 8 dropped out to form their own organization. However, we have kept in contact with many of the EDGE&TA people over the years, and admire this group for their foresight and determination in promoting our hobby.

Work continues on assembling the Great Dorset Tour to England in August. We have heard lots of good things about this show, and have always hoped to see it at least once. If you would like to join ye olde Reflector, contact us at Box 257, Amana, IA 52203 or email at reflctr9@netins.net.

We suppose it was thirty years ago when we commented that most of the 'old engines' had already been dug out of the barns, groves, and junk piles. Now we'll allow that the majority of them have been rediscovered, but still there are engines coming out of those same places. Recently we heard of a 12 horsepower Wisconsin sideshaft that was dug out of a huge junk pile grown over with weeds, snakes, multiflora rose, and the omnipresent mosquitoes. Oh yes, and a small amount of poison ivy too! We doubt that any of the above proved to be a major deterrent though.

Although we haven't yet heard any of the figures, we understand that some of the classic tractors at the recent Ed Spiess Estate auction fetched considerable money. Ed gathered a great many rare tractors, most of them built for a short time after World War II. In the 1946-1950 period there were quite a number of companies that tried getting into the tractor business, and as we know, many of them survived for only a few months, and many others were gone within a year or two. It was a shame, because there were lots of new and innovative ideas that came from these designs.

Taylor

Photo 5-12

See adjacent our Photo 5-12 of 'Taylor's Light Farm Tractor.' This illustration came from an early issue of Gas Power of about 1910. We have never found any further information on this photo. . . we don't know if this was simply a homemade tractor, or a prototype of one that was planned for production. In any event, it is an attractive machine for its time.