Letters to the Editor

California collection provides backdrop for ag history lesson

This Ideal vertical engine was manufactured by Olds Gasoline Engine Works, Lansing, Mich., and marketed by the Maud S. Windmill & Pump Co., also of Lansing. The Maud company was an enterprise of R.E. Olds of automobile fame. Al has the engine’s original bill of sale. “The engine was used to pump water,” he says.”It’s a nice running engine, but it’s awful heavy.”