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Letters and Golden Roll

| November/December 1974

  • Massey Harris
    This is me and my 4-wheel drive Massey Harris in 1962 when Ells celebrated 100 years and had an 180 unit parade starting with a Flail. Two people carried and ended with Case self-propelled combine. Have an 8 m.m. film of the parade and it is real nice. Was on rubber when I found it. I believe it dates back to about 1926.
    E. G. Huppert
  • L Case
    My 18-30 Allis Chalmers, serial number 30,011. It is a road tractor and was used for many years by a township in Washington County, which is about 45 miles East of St. Louis. It then did duty on a sawmill near Okawville. I found it rusting down in an AC dealers lot. The exhaust was uncovered, she was sunk down in the mud and looked pretty rough. Other collectors had been there before me, but because of the condition and price, she was still there. I made an offer and about a month later got a call from the dealer. After some negotiating she became my tractor. It took over two years to restore it, mainly because the engine had to be completely torn down. One piston resisted all efforts for a year to get it out. Eddie Jansen got it out and got her back together. It came from the factory bright green and we matched the paint as close as possible. The wheels are extra heavy, being about 3/4 inch thick.Pictured while getting her ready for the shed is myself standing on the tractor and son, Jon, on the fender, my father, Sam Townsend and Bob Smallwood. To the left of the 18-30 is an L Case and to the right is one of two Cat 60's that I have in my collection.The cross bar lugs stick out on both wheels making it a little hard to haul.The fuel system is composed of three separate galvanized tanks that are still in good shape. The rear one holds 7-1/2 gallons and is for gasoline. The middle tank is for kerosene and holds 25 gallons. The front tank is for water, holding 7-1/2 gallons for use when burning kerosene. The cylinders have a bore of 4-3/4 inches and a stroke of 6-1/2 inches. Unlike the later 20-35's and E's, the water pump, governor and mag are on the left side of the block.
    Walt Townsend
  • Fairbanks Morse
    Pictured above are five restored engines. From the bottom of the picture to the top they are 1-1/2 H.P. Fairbanks Morse, 1922; 2-1/2 H.P. Associated 1923; 1-1/2 H.P. Washington, year built unknown; 1-1/2 H.P. Fairbanks Morse Throttle controlled, 1916 and a 1-1/2 H.P. L.A. International, built 1934. The engines are newly painted, red and black, but they are not striped or decalled. They are in very good running condition. All engines are owned by Jamer and Edgar White, 112 Overbough Avenue, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
  • 25 HP Foos gas engine
    25 HP Foos gas engine at the W.G.S.E.A. Show at Alexander, New York in September 1974, owned by Chub Grof, Route 77, Allegany Road, Attica, New York. Engine formerly used to drive an electric generator.

  • Massey Harris
  • L Case
  • Fairbanks Morse
  • 25 HP Foos gas engine


RAY SCHAAPMAN, 48, Manteca, California passed away August 5, 1974 from a heart attack. He was always ready for a gas-up to show off the fruits of his hard labor of restored engines and tractors. His sons, Ronnie, George and Randy are chips off the old block and are following his footsteps and have inherited their Dad's enthusiasm. He is sadly missed by all.

Submitted by Louis Chappo, 2530 Jone Street, Sacramento, California 95821.

WILLIS F. WILCOX, Route 3, Newton, Iowa 50208 passed away in Newton, Iowa on July 1 at the age of 76, after a prolonged illness. He had a collection of gas engines and was a member of the Midwest Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc.

Submitted by Mrs. Willis F. Wilcox, Route 3, Newton, Iowa 50208.

ROBERT E. HASENFLUE, 88, died suddenly at his home. 164 Washington Street, Amherst, Ohio on June 22, 1974. He was a member for thirty years of the National Threshers Assn. and ran steam engines in sawmills during his early days.


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