Take Your Engine To School


| August/September 1999


405 E. Mill Street Freeburg, Illinois 62243

In mid-March I was spending a quiet evening at home coping with cabin fever as we were getting some early warm days, when the telephone rang. It was my granddaughter, who is in the seventh grade at Carl L. Barton Elementary School in Freeburg, Illinois.

'Do me a favor?' she asked. (Sound familiar?)

'What do you want?' I replied. She asked me to bring my Mogul engine to school for science class.

'Why?' I asked. She said that on the little model hit-and-miss engine they have at school the students can't see the parts and how they function. She told her science teacher, Mr. Gaby, that her grandpa had the real thing at home. After talking with her awhile I told her I would take her to school in the morning and talk with Mr. Gaby.

Then I started to think about it. Even though I am a dyed-in-the-wool International collector (my 1915 1 HP Mogul engine is my pride and joy), I realized that with my 1924 3 HP Model FW Jaeger hit-and-miss open crankcase engine, the students could see and I could explain all the working parts. The only problem I had was finding somewhere to setup the engine in case of inclement weather. The solution was to use the school bus garage. Now to make arrangements with Mr. Gaby. We decided on the following Monday. It would be an all-day experience, since there are four classes of seventh grade science.






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