A LUST FOR RUST


| September/October 1990



Jumbo Engine

John Rohm

Editor, Texas Agriculture. Sent to us by Erwin Kretzschmar, R #3, Box 157, Floresville, TX 78114.

This cover photograph taken by John Rohm of San Antonio, Texas, shows Richard Koepler, also of San Antonio, engineering a 'Jumbo' engine. The engine was manufactured by the Harrison Machine Works and is owned by Erwin and Tillie Kretzschmar of Floresville, Texas. For the story on Kretzschmar and his 'lust for rust,'

Erwin Kretzschmar has a lust for rust.

Old tractors, engines, combines, grain drills, implements, tools-you name it-the older the better, these are the things Kretzschmar has spent years collecting.

The rumble of an old engine coughing to life is sweet music to this 77-year-old collector, who lives near the Black Hill Community in Wilson County. Acquiring relics of the past, he says, reminds him of his younger years.

'I guess it goes back to your childhood a whole lot,' this 77'-year-old gentleman, white beard flowing, says with a slight German accent. 'Because we used to have an old Sears Roebuck 2-1/2 HP Economy engine where we would grind feed for the chickens. That was my job, always, to grind feed. Then we'd pump water. Then finally we got into tractors, you know, the old F-12 Farmall and stuff like that.