The Standard Machine Works and The Union Gas Engine Company

| January/February 1996

2024 Gambels Way, Santa Rosa, California 95403

I am writing this article in the hopes of adding to the knowledge and history of a couple of early-day San Francisco, California engine companies: The Standard Machine Works and the Union Gas Engine Company.

In C. H. Wendel's American Gasoline Engines page 477, it states that 'By 1903 Standard Gas Engine Company was organized.' Also stated in the text is 'in reality may have been in operation for some time previously.' I believe I can shed some light on this.

I have an original 1902 Standard Machine Works catalog. The catalog lists the company's complete line of stationary and marine engines, written testimonials from users and photos of the launches that they installed their marine engine in.

Photo #1 is the cover of the 1902 catalog with the addition of a glued-on Standard Gas Engine Company salesman's calling-card, a stamped new company name on top and the hand written words 'successors to.' It would appear that with the start-up of the new company in late 1902 or early 1903, Standard Gas Engine Company used the old company catalog.

Photo #2 is the cover sheet. Of interest is the lack of people's names, considering it was a corporation.


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