Courtesy of E. Wm. Timmerman, R. F. D. 1, Oakley, Illinois 62552.
1223 Westover Road Danville, Virginia 24541
(Taken from the Farm Implement News of June 13, 1912) By C. S. Geuaque
The gasoline engine finds its greatest field of usefulness on the farm. It is there that its application is almost unlimited, and it is adapted to a farm of any size. It is just as necessary to the modern, up-to-date farm as any other time and labor-saving device known. It reduces the farmer's labors and allows him to spend more time where more time is needed and where it will bring greater returns. It makes the farm a better and more inviting place to live.
The small farmer who may feel he cannot own and operate an engine, can afford a small well-designed and well-built 1? or 3 horsepower gasoline engine, and it will be of the greatest practical value to him, because of its great economy in cost of operation, and the benefits to be derived from its use. A 1? horsepower gasoline engine is a size that is powerful enough to pump a good supply of water, operate a churn, grindstone, washing machine and cream separator, all at the same time or separately as may be desired. The size of the engine to use will depend upon the kind and amount of work the farmer has for it to do, such as operating a wood saw, ensilage cutter, feed grinder, corn sheller, fanning mill, threshing machine, or for any other service requiring power. A gasoline engine is especially adapted for pneumatic water supply service, for country and suburban homes and country clubs, as it is a reliable and practical power.
In the selection of a gasoline engine, care should be taken to select a good one -- not the one that is cheaply constructed and may answer the purpose for a month or a year, then is ready for the junk pile -- but select the one that the manufacturer has produced by the application of the most approved engineering principles, and the use of the very highest grade of material and workmanship, an engine that will last a long time and be capable of withstanding the most severe strains to which it may be subjected and has the full rated power claimed for it. Then, the investment will prove a valuable and profitable one.
A picture postcard taken in the early 1900's of the D. O. & C. Co's. Towing Denver Automobiles of Denver, Colorado. The man in the third seat from front on right hand side wearing fur coat and derby is my Uncle U. E. Behrens of Sibley, Iowa. He is now 85 years old.