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This 10 hp engine was built in Springfield, OH circa 1900.  Designed by Peter Coffield, it was more conventional than the Model A using a side shaft on the off side and slider across the head to operate the igniter and pendulum governor.  It was used to pump water into a cranberry bog on Cape Cod and came here in the 1990s.



This 12 hp engine was built by John Charter of Sterling, IL, in 1892.  It was the first commercially successful engine to use gasoline in America.  This engine was displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair by Mr. Charter.  After the Fair, it was placed at Netbohm Flour Mill in LaFayette, Iowa, where it ran until 1927,  After 30 years of neglect it was rescued by a collector.



This little 1/2 hp engine was built by Crossley Bros. of Manchester, England in the late 1880s.  It features slide valve ignition and intake and has a belt driven oiler that lubes both the slide and piston.  It was displayed at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, for many years and came here in the 1980s.  Its use in England is unknown. 



Reeves engines were first built in Columbus, OH, but about 1908 they were built by Hope Forge and Machine Company of Mount Vernon, OH.  This 40 hp twin-cylinder model is circa 1910 and actually one of the smaller the firm produced.  It was used to drive a direct current generator which, with a twin unit, provided electricity for Grimes Station of the Ohio Fuel Gas Co. near Athens, OH.  Grimes housed two 500 hp Cooper engines. The Reeves came here in 1973. 


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