RARE ENGINE


| July/August 1956



Steam engine threshing

The neighbors turn out for the steam engine threshing on the Harold (Job) Anderson farm near Washington, Iowa. This is a Wood Bros, engine which was reconditioned by Anderson as a hobby. This is an August 1955, scene. Photo courtesy of A. M. Wettach, Mt.

A. M. Wettach

R. D. 1, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Please find check enclosed for my renewal also snapshot of a rare steam engine that I own. It is a Watertown and approximately 12hp. I found this engine back in the woods 15 miles west of the Wisconsin-Michigan line. I have been wanting to know more about this engine and perhaps if you could publish an article in the ALBUM, I could find out more about it. The picture shows my son Douglass, who likes the engine as well as I do, and myself. I received the following information from Vic Winter-mantel, Bellevue, Pennsylvania, on this engine.

It was built by Watertown Engine Co., in Watertown, New York. In 1879 Watertown Engine Co., succeeded Hood & Bradford, who were established in 1848. They won a medal from the New York State Agricultural Society in 1850 for a portable farm engine. They appeared a few years later at the State Fair at Rochester, New York, with the first traction engine ever built in this country. The above is quoted from an 1879 Watertown Advertisement and may not be entirely true.

I know they were building traction engines in 1888 with a cast iron steam dome. While Watertown were among the first to build farm engines they went out of the picture before the turn of the century. They built engines for a number of firms, one of which was John S. Davis & Sons of Davenport, Iowa, as Davis built and in 1894 sold, the Watertown traction engine. This engine does not have any serial number and that is about all I know about it. I hope I can contact some person who knows more about it and could give me more information.