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Brotherly Love for Antique Engines

When Maynard Mau, became interested in antique stationary gas engines, it never occurred to him that his brother, Michael, might follow his lead.

| February 2020

Maynard (left) and Michael Mau with their rare Rawleigh-Schryer gasoline engine. Photo by Bill Vossler.

When Maynard Mau, Donnelly, Minnesota, became interested in antique stationary gas engines, it never occurred to him that his brother, Michael, might follow his lead. “I used to collect tractors and cars,” says Michael, also of Donnelly. “When my brother started collecting gas engines, I decided to do that, too.”

Before they knew it, the brothers were spending a lot more time together. The antique engine hobby has since become a mainstay for both men. “It’s in our blood now,” Michael says. “I enjoy visiting with other collectors, and this shared activity helps bring me and my brother closer. It’s a good hobby.”

“Our dad liked gas engines, and he liked to go to threshing bees and auctions, so I guess we’re following that,” Maynard says. “I guess once you start looking at engines, you just start liking them.

The Maus’ 1915 Rawleigh-Schryer 3hp engine. Maynard says it’s hard to judge the rarity of this engine, but he’s never seen another one.  

Every engine has a story

At least one of the Maus’ engines spent years in darkness before they got hold of it. The 2-1/2hp Economy was buried for decades under a pile of old corn cobs. “It was on the original farmstead where it was used,” Maynard says, “but that’s about all we know about it.”


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