WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM?


| September/October 1967



John Deere 1 H.P

Courtesy of George Burgin, Kirkton, Ont. Can.

George Burgin

212 West Lake Street Horicon, Wisconsin 53032

Having read E. & E. Magazine and The Iron Man Album for the past four years and the Gas Engine Magazine for the last year, I have read many fine articles written by men much older than myself and I might add I have learned a lot from these articles. Now I would like to try writing one myself.

I have been collecting gas engines for the past three years and gas engines and tractors the last year. The biggest reward I get from collecting this equipment is to get all the information I can concerning the history, age, what it was used for, where it was built, etc. I like to get my equipment from farmers and people who originally bought them, but sometimes this is not possible and then I have to resort to other means.

My question is-what happened to all the old records of shipments, etc. of all the old companies which are no longer in business? And why can't I get information from some of the companies which are still in business? Some of the older companies which I have contacted helped me very much and these I will talk about later. Perhaps after reading this article some of you can help by giving me more information that I do not have.

The first gas engine I bought came from a garage across the street from where I live in Horicon. It was a 1? hp Lauson No. W2136. The Lauson Company is now a division of Tecumseh Products Company, New Holstein, Wisconsin. By writing to their parts depot at Grafton, Wisconsin I was able to find out that my engine was built in 1923 and there were approximately 20,000 of these engines built. I have written to the Lauson Company many times and they have always given me the information that I desired. On my 8 hp Lauson I was very fortunate to get the original shipping invoice dated February 23, 1908 so no more information was needed.

This is a picture of a John Deere 1? H.P. Hit and Miss hot head engine. According to the John Deere Company, this engine was built as late as 1946. It is painted green with yellow letters. The engine was used on a water pump. Behind the John Deere is a 3 H.P. International Famous Vertical Engine. As a footnote, I should like to compliment the editor and staff on the fine work put forth in the publication 'The Gas Engine Magazine'.