THE ROGGE


| May/June 1987



Advance Rumely engine

4525 Twin Oak Drive Minneapolis, Minnesota 55422

Half size Advance Rumely engine built by retired aircraft mechanic Eugene Roggeman of Minneapolis, Minnesota in his spare time.

Pictured here and on the cover is a half size Advance Rumely engine I started building back in the 1950s. I sent one of the first pictures I took then to Iron-Men Album and it was shown in the November-December, 1953.

I started building the engine because when I was a young kid I used to run my uncle's steam engine on the threshing crew. However, due to my love also for aircraft, I became a licensed aircraft mechanic in 1928 and have been connected with aviation ever since until 1972, when I retired from Northwest Airlines as Superintendent of Maintenance Regulations.

I built this engine of mine in my spare time over a five-year period. It is Minnesota state licensed and runs real nice. I should mention that I built the engine by first making the wood patterns for the castings and then machining them.

Now that I am retired I have spent much time in repairing and running steam engines, as I still have my steam engineers license.