Response from a KECK GONNERMAN FAN

| July/August 1999

  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
    Keck-Gonnerman engine #1246, 25 HP. Owner Fred Guhl, Stuttgart, Arkansas.
  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
    Keck-Gonnerman engine #1439, 25 HP. Owner C. L. Petty, Madison, Oklahoma.

  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
  • Keck-Gonnerman engine

P.O. Box 112 Cleveland, Oklahoma 74020

This article is in response to Mr. James W. Russell's letter in the Soot in the Flues column, and the subsequent reprint of Mr. Chandler's comments of 1971, in the March/April 1999 IMA.

I, like Mr. Russell, had read of the 25 HP Keck-Gonnerman engines in the Chandler letters of 1971. Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of Keck-Gonnerman equipment. My grandfather's last engine was a Keck double. I own what I believe is a good Keck outfit, a 20 HP double engine, 36' x 60' thresher, and a recently acquired (with the help of many of my friends) K. G. water wagon.

Those of us who own Keck-Gonnerman equipment are fortunate that some of the original factory records were saved from the trash pile back in 1953, when the company was liquidated.

The two engine registers and the thresher register now reside in New Harmony, Indiana, at the New Harmony Workingmen's Institute Library. Anyone with a Keck engine or thresher need only contact them with the serial number and they will gladly pull the record and send a copy for a small fee.

This brings me back to Mr. Russell's and Mr. Chandler's comments about the 25 HP engines. I, too, had thought about the 25's, so a few years ago I made the trip to New Harmony to do some research. I spent part of the first day, and eight hours of the next, going through the records looking for the 25's. It would be easy to get sidetracked by all of the information presented in the engine registers. But for now, I simply wanted to concentrate on the big engines.