The Oil Field Engine News

| June/July 2001

  • Marion 25 HP engine
    Marion 25 HP engine owned by Tom Ewald.
  • 20 HP Oil City Boiler
    Alan Craig with his 20 HP Oil City Boiler Works engine.
  • Bessemer
    Ronald Trigg and friend with Bessemer.
    Dave Pyle with his ARACOan OAF in his natural habitat.

  • Marion 25 HP engine
  • 20 HP Oil City Boiler
  • Bessemer

1231 Banta's Creek Road, Eaton, Ohio 45320-9701

Well, thanks to the encouragement of several of our Brother and Sister Oafs, I finally gave in and got a computer to help with some of the things I am doing and to keep in touch with all our oilfield engine friends, so now you can e-mail the society at Also, I want to encourage all the oilfield engine enthusiasts to subscribe to the OEFS e-mail list at a this net so we can all keep in touch with each other.

This month we have a photo sent to us by Ronald Trigg from Russellville, Arkansas, of when he brought home his Bessemer engine. Thanks for the photo, Mr. Trigg.

Next, we have a letter and photo from Mr. Thomas Ewald, 3207 E. Hillcrest Road, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241, who writes: 'Located in east-central Wisconsin, as we are, we do not have the opportunity to view as many engines as there are to be found in your area. However, in my small and humble collection of gas engines, I do have a 25 HP Marion and a 25 HP Ohio engine.

'This is a picture of the Marion engine, which was restored two years ago. Because of the lack of large gas engines in our area, this engine seems to be a very popular engine at the shows we take it to. I have done a fair amount of research and have not been able to find much information on Marion engines. Any info you might be able to provide would be a great help to us. The nameplate in the cylinder head indicates the engine was made in Marion, Indiana. The Ohio engine I have still is in need of restoration and, at this time, I am not quite sure when we will start on this project. The good news is that I will be retiring in eleven days, and this just might help to move the restoration date up a bit.' Mr. Ewald can be reached at (920)-755-2438.

Lastly, we have a couple of photos from Alan Craig of Russiaville, Indiana, one of him and the other of David Pyle's American Railroad & Appliance Company oilfield engine known as an A.R.A.C.O.


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