297 So. Edison Avenue, Tampa 6, Florida, brings up these questions which are timely and if answered would be valuable history. The Editor.)
THE PICTURE OF THE OLD threshing rig on page 15, Jan,-Feb., 1957 issue of the ALBUM brings up a lot of questions I would like to have you consider through the columns of the ALBUM.
First, the old engine is a full sister of the old job at Angel's Camp, Stockton, California, which has been definitely identified as an Owens, Lane and Dyer and without a doubt is correct. Every detail of the two is exactly the same, yet your correspondent says this one is a 'Hamilton'. I know for a fact that O. L. & D. built engines of this exact type, canopy and all, and were located in Hamilton, Ohio, which no doubt accounts for the name he mentions. If the engines were named 'Hamilton' I never heard of it before and frankly I do not believe they ever were.
There was a whole series of similar Company names and engines with several of the exact same features in Hamilton but I was never able to get it all straightened out as to who was who, but after a lot of research I did find the following facts and I hope some of your readers can complete the job.
Owens, Lans & Dyer built their engines with inclined cylinder. The reverse link supported from the bottom, solid disc balance wheel, belt pulleys across the front end, round bottom platform water tank, and a distinctive style canopy, exactly as in the picture in question. Without a doubt there was English blood in the line as evidenced by the round corner platform tank and disc balance wheel, which all English makes have.
I fired a RITCHIE & DYER built in Hamilton which had every one of the above features, canopy and all, except the disc wheel and the front pulleys. It occurred to me that they were the successors to O. L. & D. but I never could verify that fact. It so happens that Ritchie & Dyer were brought out by Reeves & Co., Columbus, Indiana, and the first Reeves were R. & D. with only the name changed. Some of the Ritchie & Dyer features were continued in the Reeves to the day they quit, notably the chain and lever arrangement to lift the spark arrester, which was never used on any other makes.
Also in the picture around 1880 was the Hooven, Owens and Rents cheller Co., of Hamilton, who marketed a traction engine under the name of 'Monarch' which did not resemble any of the other Hamilton makes. It was largely an 'assembled' job as they had no complete factory, However, again the name 'Owens' shows us as does 'Dyer' in both the other companies. The Hooven, Owens & Rentscheller Co. is still in existence
The roller shown on page 18 (same issue) is called 'Buffalo-Springfield'. Was there such a make or did he mean 'Kelly-Springfield'?
On page 19 is a picture branded 'Russell'. I can't say positively it isn't but I never saw or heard of a Russell with a rear cylinder and a heater or left side drive. If it is a Russell it sure is an old one. It looks as if it also had a shaft rear axle which they never used. Is it really a Russell?
(Printers note: On the page 18 'Roller Question', an answer might be found in this issue in the 'Classified Ads,' the advertisement of Mr. Robt. H. Stickler, Campbell, ?. ?., offers 'for sale' a Buffalo-Springfield Roller. Also see advertisement of Roy Tidwell, Longmont, Colo., same columns, on Kelly Springfield roller for sale.)