THE GASOLINE ENGINE AND I


| November/December 1968



Binder engine

Courtesy of J. Rex Haver, 643 Bellefonte Ave., Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745

J. Rex Haver

643 Bellefonte Ave. Lock Haven, Pa. 17745

It all started Lack in 1910 when I was a twelve year old boy. I was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, about fifty miles south of Pittsburgh. My father operated a dairy farm and sold butter and cream. Two machines necessary for this enterprise were a cream separator and a churn.

In 1910 he bought a 2I1P Bluffton gasoline engine, manufactured by the Bluffton, Ohio, to operate these machines along with a washing machine and some other small equipment. As I had been the separator boy, it fell my lot to take care of the engine and operate it whenever anyone wanted this power, a job I thoroughly enjoyed.

Most farm papers in those days carried a section on gasoline engines. I well re member, 'The Gas Engine Expert and His Son' in 'Successful Farming'. I read and reread these articles and thus secured a good working knowledge at the gasoline engine.

I will digress a minute here and relate a story along this line: Two men in the community bought a hay baler with an engine mounted on it and did custom work. One Saturday, while baling at our place, they discovered there was not enough wire for a lull days run. After much deliberation they decided to start up alter dinner, run until the wire was all used and quit early. Imagine the disappointment when with only fourteen wires left, the engine stopped.

New Way binder engine mounted on a six foot Osborne Binder. My father, John C. Haver, Jefferson, Penna. at the controls. I took, developed and printed the original picture in the summer of 1915.