WHERE ARE THE ENGINES?


| November/December 1985



Universal Advance Rumeley engine

The Universal Advance Rumeley engine owned by Frank Sylla of Whitehall, Wisconsin.

Collectors keep responding to tell us where the engines are, and we now have more notes and photos than we can use in several issues. Yet we want you to keep those answers coming! We should soon have enough for the next booklet with the title, WHERE ARE THE ENGINES?

Here are two to tell you about...

Frank A. Sylla, of 2040 Lou Blvd., Whitehall, Wisconsin 54733, has a Universal Advance Rumeley with an interesting story. It has an 11 inch stroke.

The engine was purchased new in 1923 by a party in Arcadia, Wiscon sin, threshed a couple of years, and repossessed by a bank in Blair, Wisconsin. Then it was bought by Able Knuton, threshed a couple years, and sold to a private tie mill operator. It was a man and wife operation; she fired the engine and he was the sawyer. A small operator, when his woodlot became depleted he sold the engine to a collector of Mondovi, Wisconsin, named George Loomis. It had been wintered on his land.

'I have no number on it,' Sylla writes, 'as creosote has destroyed the figures.' It was fired up at night to keep the boiler warm; green slabs were used and the stack was covered.

'The engine is original as it came from the factory,' Sylla notes. 'It has a gear lubricator, marsh pump, two whistles and one injector. I had it reflued in 1982 by a licensed boiler mechanic.