Rawleigh-Schryer Engines, Rusty Hopper, Pontiac Engines and Fiberglass

| February/March 2004


I came across this advertisement in a 1916 issue of Barry's Almanac that I found in my great-aunt's house. I have never heard of this brand of engine or seen one at an engine show. On another note, I have a Speedex Model S-24, serial no. 0175A, with a 42-inch deck. If anyone knows the year it was made I would like to hear from him or her. Barry Ingram 125 Stovall Road, Pulaski, TN 38478, trikerhd@igiles.net

Rawleigh-Schryer Co., Freeport, Ill, started life as the Ziegler-Schryer Co. in 1909. According to C.H. Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872, W.T. Rawleigh took over operations in 1910 and the company name changed to reflect his ownership. Paul Schryer, the other half of the company, started his engine career with Stover Engine Works, Freeport, Ill. Rawleigh-Schryer manufactured hopper- and tank-cooled engines until a fire in 1916 destroyed the factory.

As for your tractor, the Pond Tractor Co., Ravenna, Ohio, manufactured Speedex garden tractors. The S-24 appears to have been introduced about 1966, with production lasting to perhaps 1970.-Editor

Hats Off to Hopper

I was very interested and pleased to read in your forward to the December 2003 GEM that you are starting a section in the magazine devoted to the building and running of scale and model gas engines. This will fill a void left with the demise of the Strictly I.C. magazine that was published by Robert Washburn from 1988 until about 1997.

Hopefully, Rusty Hopper can come up with enough material for a few pages of his own material along with contributions from us model engine builders. I think this feature could add to the circulation of GEM and, who knows, perhaps some day lead to you and Rusty starting a new magazine devoted to this hobby!

I have built eight model engines so far and will send in to Rusty what I have experienced while constructing these. Paul Brien 4312 Lone Oak Road, Nashville, TN 37215