| May/June 1987

  • 50 HP Engine

    William C. Kuhl

  • 50 HP Engine

8670 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, New York 14718

My Rumsey was made in Ripley, New York, 1902-1906. I acquired this engine through a trade. Even though in good condition and painted, I had a lot of work to do on it. I made the skid, gas and water tanks, and repainted it.

It was being fired by a spark plug. I changed back to the original wipe-spark system that is operated by a Geneva index-a pin on the cam drives it.

I say it is 5 HP. There is no rating on the nameplate, but most castings have the number 5 on them. This engine has a serial number of 27. A friend has one that's older. Does anyone else have a Ripley Rumsey? We would like to know.

The following information has been gathered from the grandson and granddaughter of Mr. Rumsey. Some is also from the Ripley town historian and other sources.

Charles B. Rumsey was born in Dryden, New York, in 1857. He was of English ancestry. He first had a shop in Homer, New York, but probably didn't build engines there. He did make them in St. Johnsville, Binghamton, Ripley, and Friendship-all in New York. The dates range from 1898 to 1917. He never owned a business but had others back him financially.