| September/October 1978

Cayuga, New York 13034

Scattered throughout the northeast are steam portable and traction engines manufactured by A. W. Stevens & Son. Although most of the machines still preserved were built in Auburn, New York, the company did a large business for about ten years at its manufacturing facilities in Marinette, Wisconsin.

The company was formed in 1842 by Abram W. Stevens of Genoa, New York. He was born here on February 14, 1815, the son of Daniel Stevens, a weaver and knitter, who made old fashioned 'homespun' goods.

Abram, with a limited education, left home at an early age to make his livelihood, and became a carpenter. For a time, he engaged in boat building at King Ferry on Cayuga Lake, and later became a millwright; his first venture equipping a large flour and feed mill at 'Northville,' now the village of King Ferry.

When he turned 21, Abram opened a shop in the basement of Milton Remington's foundry and machine shop in the village of Genoa, and there constructed a stationary steam engine. It was built out of cast iron, it being impossible at the time to secure steel without great expense.

This engine was the wonder of that section of the country and Stevens' reputation as a practical inventor spread rapidly. He constructed several of these stationary engines and installed them throughout the state.