1919 Minneapolis

| March/April 1994

  • 20 HP Minneapolis traction engine

  • 20 HP Minneapolis traction engine

P. O. Box 79 Campden, Ontario L0R 1G0

This photo shows a 1919 20 HP Minneapolis traction engine, serial #8266, Ohio Boiler #141. The engine is owned by Dennis and Marjory Webb of RR #1, Vineland, Ontario.

The engine was originally purchased by a group of twelve Mennonite farmers in the Rushville, Indiana, area. It was used for threshing, grinding grain, and sawmill work until 1942. A second owner bought it then, and used it on a saw mill 'til 1962.

Evert Huber of Brookville, Indiana, bought it in 1963 and used it every year to thresh six to eight farms until May of 1968, when it was sold to the Webbs.

It has been a fine show piece for several shows in this part of Southern Ontario ever since.

Dennis Webb is a past president of the Milton Steam Era Show, one of Canada's largest steam shows.