The engine in the picture is one of nine that we took to the Prince William County Fair at Manassas, Virginia. It is an 8 H.P. International about fifty years old. This engine took only minor repairs to restore but it was a job to clean before painting it. The engine is red with black flywheels and truck, the water tank and screen is painted aluminum. I call this a 'Lady's Engine' as I know a lady could start it. We started this engine about twenty five times per night for six nights at the fair. My boys put some red dye in the water and a red light in the cooling tank it flashed every time the engine fired this was quite a curiosity and drew much attention. This engine is owned by Robert and John Hottle.
Another engine that drew much attention was my 3 H.P. International Famous Vertical. This engine was owned fifty years ago by my neighbor the Carter family. They all came to the fair to see this old engine. It looks and runs like new.
These engines sure made people ask questions, some thirty to forty years old had never seen this type engine. I had in my exhibit besides the two mentioned a 6 H.P. Fairbanks Morse, a 2 H.P. Witte 2 H.P. Econamy 5 H.P. Sattley 5 H.P. New Holland 1? to 2? H.P. McCormick Deering 1? Little Jumbo.
Mr. Shafer had two engines; Mr. Burke also had two. We had plenty of competition from the steam engine boys. Mr. Spittle with a Frick, Mr. Clem with a Case, Mr. Hartman a Peerless and Art Sister and Bobby Caton with a Peerless and a stationary saw mill engine also Mr. Simms with his Fordson tractor. Mr. Cornett had his Oil Pull. My two sons and I had a wonderful time working with this fine bunch of men. It was said that eighty-thousand people saw the Fair. This is all put on by the V.F.W. Farm club.
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