GEM STORIES


| November/December 1967



12 HP Hercules - Hit and Miss

Courtesy of Houston L. Herndon, Box 5363, Sarasota, Florida 33579

Houston L. Herndon

1102 West River Road, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017

A neighbor of ours found the crank-case oil in his model T to below, and not having any other available, he added a couple quarts of boiled linseed oil, thinking it would be all right. He started for town and before he had driven a half mile found out that it wasn't all right, the old Ford suddenly set up, sliding the rear wheels and folded him right over the steering wheel.

At about the same time another neighbor bought a mule at a farm auction. He had a sulky plow and made up a three horse evener to use with the mule and a pair of horses that he already had to pull the plow. Apparently he had very little knowledge of the basic principles involved. So, when he finished it, he had the double-tree hitched to the long end of the evener, and the single-tree to the short end. One morning soon after, he started his spring plowing, and hitched the mule to the single-tree, so (of course not as intended) that the poor mule had to pull twice as much as the two horses. He flailed the packing out of the mule and used up his entire stock of mule-drivers language. Said he had never seen such a lazy, balky mule, Still, he did plow after a fashion for half a day, and when he quit at noon the mule was sick (something which seldom happens).

12 HP Hercules - Hit and Miss Governing. Restored and owned by Houston L. Herndon, Sarasota, Florida. Will be running at the Florida American Royal Gas and Steam Engine ROUND-UP in February 1968.

Will be running at the Florida American Royal Gas and Steam Engine ROUND-UP to be held at the Sarasota-Bradenton Speedway February 10th and 11th, 1968.

16 HP Witte - Hit and Miss Governing S/n 34498 Owner Houston L. Herndon standing in front of picture. Will be running at the Florida American Royal Gas and Steam ROUND-UP February 10th and 11th, 1968.