A Reeves traction engine,

| September/October 1966

Denver, Colorado. A Reeves traction engine, 20 Horsepower, after explosion which occurred circa 1915 near Hennessey, Oklahoma. The steam engine was owned jointly by George Wilson, Al Anderson, and Ted Riley. Frank Knoll, or Knole, of Hennessey, Oklahoma, was the engine op erator and one other person was steering, or rather had been steering, and they were both about two feet from the crank-shaft at the time of the explosion. Furthermore, a little boy was sitting on the coal box; miraculously, all persons excaped injury. The operator had moved the engine into the depression and as he did so the engine exploded. The fly-wheel and the crank-shaft landed about 100 feet in rear of the engine as shown in the photograph. The boiler shell, the smoke stack and front wheels were scattered to the four winds. The boiler pessure at the time of the explosion is unknown. Neither is there information on the stage of water in the boiler. However, the then owners had been warned not to carry excessive pressure.

This engine was formerly owned by Kersen Brothers of Marshall, Oklahoma. And the above information was given to the writer by Mr. N. H. Kersen.


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