I have four old gas engines too. 2 H.P. Waterloo Boy, 3 H.P. Jumbo, 1 H.P. I.H.C., and a 2 H. P. Fair Banks Morse.
We discovered a few salient factsthe water carrier with horse and buggy with jug in seat is Rankin Bowles now living near Golden, Illinois. Mrs. Leach and the writer spent about an hour visiting in their home just lately. From there we called at the Von Nosdale home and were able to get names of most all of the crew, however, I will not attempt to place them in position as many, of course are deceased now, as the time of this picture was 1907.
The ring might be classified as the Wallace Ring. The place taken was not decided but could be. either the Scott Taylor or Von Nosdale farm.
The separator was an American which would have been built by the C. Aultman Co. or their successor the Aultman E. & T. Co., of Canton, Ohio.
The engine, not shown in picture, was a Colean double cylinder, product of the Colean Implement Co., of Peoria, Illinois.
The owner of the outfit was William Coleman of Camp Point, Illinois. Following are the men identified: Glen Von Nosdale, Henry Reushel, Homer Aull, Jacob Leach, Clarence Leach, Ray Leach, Adam Wallace, Sam Wallace, Alfred Upchurch, Tom Carlin, John Gerdes, William Bottorff, Joe Aull, Rankin Bowles, Anton Lurhoff, John Goldenstein, Rudolph Taute, Marion Bottorff, Scott Taylor, Theodore. Nosley, Hiram Lurhoff.
The writer has derived a great deal of pleasure from the survey surrounding this picture having been well acquainted with Bill Coleman during his lifetime and he, himself, having owned and operated an Aultman Taylor separator for many years.
Both Mrs. Leach and the writer are highly appreciative of the assistance given us by Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Bowles, the VonNosdale family, Marion Bottoroff, Ray Hoke and some children of the late Mr. Coleman.
'About the prettiest full-sized working steam engine I have ever seen - bears the name of Nichols by S.H.E. Pards & Co. I thought this would please the hearts of your steam enthusiasts.'