Coming Attractions

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2 1/2 hp Mietz & Weise engine

Lonnie Nixon

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A one-of-a-kind collection will be sold in a two-day auction Oct. 17-18 at Moscow Mills near St. Louis, Mo. Items featured are from the collection of the late Homer Clark, who, until his death early this year, was a prominent St. Louis-area property developer.

"He was an extremely intelligent man. Anything mechanical fascinated him," said his wife, Deborah. "But he was always kind of a pack rat. And he bought a lot of this stuff with the intent of learning to restore it."

Prime pieces include gas engines - an Atlantic sideshaft 1 hp, Buffalo marine engine, Foos Juniors (6 hp and 2 hp), Gardner 1 hp, Pierce inverted engine, two Sandwich engines (4 hp and 6 hp), and a Mietz & Weise 2 1/2 hp, completely restored. The latter will draw considerable attention, said auctioneer Lonnie Nixon. "You just don't find those anymore," he said.

Also top on the list: a John Deere MC, Oliver OC3, John Deere L, Cleveland Cletrac, Allis Chalmers G and Caterpillar 10, all restored; and a 1928 convertible Marmon roadster model 78 (a Marmon Wasp won the first Indy 500 in 1911) -"It's pretty rare," Nixon said.

Add in an eclectic mix of collectibles: railroad items, a brass collection (including a World War II telescope), calliope whistle, engine oilers, oil and gas pumps, a ship's wheel, a fan collection (including one with rubber blades), a salesman's sample-size steam engine; and an old-time post office/general store set-up.

Saturday's offering (beginning at 9 a.m.) includes the gas engines, tractors, vehicles, engine oilers, steam whistles, railroad items, brass items, tools and shop equipment. Sunday's line-up (also at 9 a.m.): All remaining items, including toys, oil memorabilia, scales, fans and miscellaneous items.

Clark's goal, his widow said, had been to open a museum, including a re-creation of a vintage gas station. The rest of the collection will be sold, but the gas station will open as planned.

"I'm going to fulfill that dream for him," she said. FC

Homer Clark Estate Auction, Oct. 17-18, Moscow Mills, Mo., located on Hwy 61. From St. Louis, 1-70 west to Hwy 61, exit 210 at Wentzville, and 10 miles north on Hwy 61 to Moscow Mills. Turn right on Hwy C, then follow Hightway C to 3rd Street; turn right one block to auction site. For more information, call Lonnie Nixon, 1 (800) 535-5996.