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Gas Engine Magazine October - November 2018

Gas Engine Magazine is a bimonthly publication dedicated to the hobby of collecting antique stationary gas engines. Since 1966, collectors and restorers have turned to Gas Engine Magazine for information about specific models and companies, detailed restorations and event coverage, and to connect with other enthusiasts.

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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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2 min.
uncovering the past

This issue shines a light on several obscure manufacturers from the past, including White Lily Washer Co. and Schmidt Bros. Co. Engine Works, both of Davenport, Iowa. Although the full story of the apparently intertwining interests of these two firms remains to be discovered, Glenn Thompson’s article on Page 6 provides more information than I’ve seen anywhere. White Lily and Schmidt Bros. apparently sold the same engine, likely built at the same factory, but what exactly inspired their business practices appears to be lost to history. However, given the capacity of old engine collectors to ferret out seemingly lost information, we might yet learn more about the history of these two engine manufacturers. On that note, on Page 20 Charles Wise shares the fruits of his research into the labors of…

7 min.
piston rings, paint, sieverkropp and unidentified engines

53/6/1: Westman piston rings These piston rings are out of an early Westman manufactured by Enterprise Machine Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are 4-1/4 inches in diameter and 7/16-inch wide. The subject of interest are the tiny holes through the ring steps; nobody can figure out the reason for their being there. They are 0.040-inch diameter (number 60) and are drilled in all three rings. There is nothing unusual about the grooves in the piston except the locator pins being on the wrong (sealing) side. Also included is a photo of the Westman before it was disassembled. It was found about 40 years ago by wellknown collector Jack Strand of Plano, Texas, in the basement of a summer vacation cabin on a private island on a lake in Minnesota owned by the…

9 min.
the white lily connection   the story of the white lily washer co. and the schmidt bros. co. engine works

Nobody would say that Sam T. White had a head start in life. Born in Saint Blazey, Cornwall, England, on Feb. 1, 1868, Sam T. White was at an early age exposed to hard labor on the family farm. His father had gone to the United States as a young man and joined the “49ers” who went west searching for gold. After prospecting and mining for a number of years, he returned to England in 1866, married and settled into a rural life. He may not have brought back a great deal of wealth, but he did return with visions of the opportunities available in the New World, which he shared with his son. In 1884, aged 16, Sam emigrated to the United States. Sam hit the ground running. He lived…

2 min.
gas engine patents of note a cooler-running engine

On its face, Henry Stoltenberg’s design for an auxiliary cooling fan for stationary engines made perfect sense, especially for a stationary air-cooled engine manufactured specifically, at least initially, to run a washing machine. In practice, it must have been a somewhat fearsome device. Working for the White Lily Washer Co., Davenport, Iowa, Stoltenberg’s 1906 patent, No. 828,867, spelled out the design and construction of a simple cooling scheme, a set of metal fan blades clamped to the rim of an engine’s flywheel that, when the engine was running, would effectively push cooling air across the engine’s cylinder. The fan blades were set at an angle and riveted to a large, shouldered band clamp that was wrapped around an engine’s flywheel. The clamp was drawn tight to the flywheel rim with a bolt…

1 min.
the rare and the beautiful from the coolspring power museum

One of only two known extant, this very unusual inverted-vertical engine was purchased new by E.B. Sage to power a small shop for his farm and oil lease. The engine – through use of a line shaft – operated a pipe threader, grinding wheel and forge blower. The shop was located a few miles east of Bradford, Pennsylvania. The engine was brought to the Coolspring Power Museum in 1993. Learn about this engine and 38 others in Coolspring: Discovering America’s Finest Antique Engine Museum, Vol. 2. Order your copy online at www.GasEngineMagazine.com/Coolspring Circa-1896 3 hp Warren No. 1 Manufacturer Struthers-Wells & Co., Warren, PA Year 1896 Serial No. 20 Horsepower 3 Bore 5in Stroke 7in Owner Mike Fuoco…

11 min.
collecting the unusual   a rare ellis tops a trio of vertical engines

Although many engine collectors enjoy bringing neardead engines back to life, Craig Solomonson isn’t one of them. “I don’t have the equipment, skills or knowledge to do a lot of engine work, so I’ve avoided it by concentrating on engines in near-running or running condition – complete engines without a lot of breaks and welds. And loose. If I had to unfreeze it, I’d be lost,” Craig says. Craig grew up in the small southwestern Minnesota town of Storden, where both his grandfathers were farmers. “I spent a lot of time on their farms,” Craig says. “One of them had an old steam engine and threshing rig, so that got me interested in old machinery.” But he got into engine collecting by accident. “In 1972, a friend told me about a…