| June/July 1985

Restored Dayton Engine

806 Briarwood Ct. Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367

C. George Lynn of  806 Briarwood Court, Lake Saint Louis, Missouri 63367 tells about his Dayton engine restoration and the company history.

The Dayton Globe Iron Works was founded in 1853 under the name of Stout, Mills, and Temple Company. Initially located in Middletown, Ohio, the company moved to Dayton and retained the original name until 1890 when it reorganized under the Dayton Globe Iron Works Company.

The Dayton Company was primarily engaged in the production of flour mill and water wheel machinery, and in 1859 they acquired the first of many patents for their mechanical designs. From time to time the Dayton Globe Iron Works branched out into other lines including paper mill machinery, pulp grinders, sugar beet machinery, and gasoline engines. The water power department remained the most profitable line of equipment, manufacturing the New American Turbine water wheel which was sold around the world. The 1909 History of Dayton reports that 150 or 200 men were employed in the various departments under the direction of president C. P. Folsum, vice-president F. W. Huber, and secretary A. G Daugherty.

What little information exists about gas engine production indicates this department only operated from about 1895 to 1900. Patents were granted to C. J. Weinman and E. E. Euchenhofer in 1895 and 1896 for a variety of carburetor, governor, and ignitor designs. The Dayton Globe Iron Works remained in operation until 1938 when the company went out of business after 85 years of production.

I first encountered my Dayton engine while traveling near Salem, Missouri in the spring of 1982. On the way to work one morning, I noticed a pair of flywheels under a canopy of rusty sheet metal not far off the highway. After introducing myself to the renter of the farmhouse, I learned that I was not the first to inquire about the engine. The owner, however, lived elsewhere in Missouri and had no intentions of selling the machine. I was afforded the opportunity to look under the sheet metal and saw a rusty but well-preserved engine with an unknown array of rods and valves, and a brass name plate labelled 'The Dayton Gas and Gasoline Engine'.