Left hand view of 15-30 Towsend tractor, 1918 model. Owned by E. Eliason, Katbryn, North Dakota
R. 5, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Old gas engines deserve space in the ALBUM. The picture of the Fuller & Johnson is one of the early makes and was a smaller source of power along with the steam engine, when the largest and best were being built, gas engines passed out of the picture in the twenties with steam and made way for the motor type tractors.
Of all gas engines this model Fuller & Johnson was one of the best. My father and another man by the name of Tom Johnson purchased a 6 hp. a picture enclosed, in 1903, to be the first in use in the township to saw wood and other belt power. Gasoline was classed dangerous in those days. Before the start of the automobile a few years later Dad purchased Johnson's interest in this engine and for many years it served the neighbors as a source of power. This went on until it was replaced with a tractor. The old engine was retired like other old engines and the younger Buslaff Brothers had the job taking it apart for scrap iron. The writer has been looking for this model for some time and located this one from the estate of a man by the same name of Johnson, no relation to any of the other Johnsons. The serial number is 23 older than our old one. The cooling system has been removed. It was several sections of radiation used in heating and most of the owners replaced this with a water tank.
I'm starting a collection of gas engines and wish a few Wisconsin readers of the ALBUM would join me to have some 15 makes that were built by manufacturers in this state. The Wisconsin Steam Club will have space to display a good old engine all painted up like new. Their bark adds to a show.
This is the story of a 51-year-old engine. Enclosed is $2.00 for ALBUM renewal. I have been a reader of the ALBUM since 1951.