The Find of a Lifetime

COVER STORY


| April/May 1995



Mogul Junior 1 HP engine

Rich Kibler of 1555 Greening Drive, Copley, Ohio 44321, has a story to tell about this 1917 Mogul Junior 1 HP engine. Look for 'The Find of a Lifetime,' inside.

1555 Greening Drive Copley, Ohio 44121

The story of how I acquired my 1917 Mogul Jr., 1 HP, serial number UB 5276, begins approximately 25 years ago in 1970, when our hobby was in its early years (and so was I, as I was only ten years old).

My father, having grown up on a farm himself, was absolutely fascinated with old farm machinery. In the mid to late 1960s he took every opportunity to expose our family to it, taking us to many of the early steam and gas shows throughout Ohio and West Virginia. My mother, brothers, sister and I have many fond memories of packing the camper for these summer weekend getaways.

It wasn't long before we wanted to get into the hobby ourselves, so that we too could become exhibitors at these shows. We went through the usual avenues of finding engines (local farmers, auctions, etc.) and were able to acquire three or four in the course of three years.

After each purchase, my father, appreciating our interest in these engines, would say to each of us, 'Now, when I'm gone, this engine belongs to you,' therefore providing each of us with engines of our own that we shared with him throughout their restoration and eventually at the shows. Now, on with the story of our 'once in a lifetime find.'

In the spring of 1978, my father saw an ad in the classified section of The Farm and Dairy (our local farm newspaper) from a farmer who was selling a 10-20 McCormick Deering tractor. Since we had acquired and successfully restored gas engines, my father apparently had the interest in seeing if we could successfully restore an antique tractor. He called the farmer and arranged a day and time for us to go look at the tractor. When the day arrived, my father piled my brothers and I into the Chevy pickup and off we went. The drive to the farm was approximately twenty minutes from our farm, and within one mile of our grandparents' house. Upon arrival we were met by the farmer, and he and my father proceeded to become acquainted using the usual farmer chit-chat. The farmer told my father that the farm had been in his family for a generation and that he remembered (as a young boy) helping his father on the farm, using the McCormick Deering tractor, purchased new, that we were interested in looking at.