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STEAM / STATIONARY ENGINES

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Sawyer Massey
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Sawyer Massey with Roof

A New Yorker formed the Hamilton Agricultural Works in 1835.

In the 1840’s the Sawyers joined the firm and in 1856 the named was changed to the L.D. Sawyer & Co. 1889 saw three Massey’s invest in the company and a re-organization and name change to Sawyer-Massey Co. took place and when the Massey’s withdrew from the company the word Ltd. was added to the company name.

To learn more go to  www.steam-era.com

This gleaming Sawyer Massey steam engine was on exhibit at Country Heritage Park near Milton on Tractor Days held each July.

To learn more about our agricultural history and enjoy the many events at the park go to www.countryheritagepark.com

I love feeling the earth tremble and the smell of the smoke from the stack and the piercing pitch of the steam whistle when the steam engines rumble around the park.. – Jenny

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Brigden Steam Show – Unknown Engine #1

In the early 1980’s I showed and sold my art work at ploughing matches and the Brigden Steam Show held at the Brigden, ON Fair grounds.. It was easy distance from our home in Dutton, ON. I loved it there. Excitement was in the air. You could feel the rumble of the steel giants as they rolled by on the track. You could hear the piercing sound of the steam whistles and you could smell the fires that heated the engines to create the steam. I made so many friends there and found so much material for sketches and paintings that today, thirty years later I am still working on subjects from Brigden. Back in the early days I wasn’t as good at collecting information about each engine. This particular steamer is a case in point. All I have is a battered weathered old wood painted sign that reads George Elliot. I could use some help in identifying this engine. Help me please!!!! – Jenny

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Steam Engine Whistles

During the industrial period when steam was king every factory had a steam whistle to signal the end of shift. It also had a special signal for emergencies. Steam locomotives and steam engine tractors all had their own whistles. I remember as a child the thrill I got when I heard an approaching train’s long whistle. Likewise at the steam shows and plowing matches, at noon all the steamers would join together and blow their whistles. These are the pride of the steamers. There is nothing quite like a steam whistle with a sound that penetrates to the very soul of your being.  -  Jenny

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Waterloo Steam Engine

“The Waterloo Mfg. Co. Ltd. was a Canadian farm engine builder based in Waterloo, Ontario, which built engines in sizes ranging from sixteen to thirty horsepower between 1880 and 1925. Jacob Bricker was born in 1818 in Waterloo, Ontario, and learned the trade of blacksmith. He went into the farm machinery business in 1850 and began to sell threshing machines. He also made horse powered gins to power the implements. In about 1880 he started building portable steam engines. A buyout by businessman E. Snider combined the machine end with a plow maker, and small engine builder Haggard and established the Waterloo brand using the Lion marque. Of note for the engines were a roaring lion on the smokebox door, a handwheel for a damper, diamond chimney stack and round-spoked wheels.”    - Quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

An interesting note: Jenny Phillips is a distant descendant of the Bricker family. This is one of the great steam engines that I saw at the Brigden Steam Show back in 1981. What a great time Dave and I had at that steam show. So much to see, people to meet, visiting with old friends and selling my artwork. Great memories. – Jenny

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Sawyer Massey Steam Engine

A New Yorker formed the Hamilton Agricultural Works in 1835. In the 1840’s the Sawyers joined the firm and in 1856 the named was changed to the L.D. Sawyer & Co. !889 saw three Massey’s invest in the company and a re-organization and name change to Sawyer-Massey Co. took place and when the Massey’s withdrew from the company the word Ltd. was added to the company name. To learn more go to                    www.steam-era.com   This gleaming Sawyer Massey Sawyer Massey steam engine was on exhibit at Country Heritage Park near Milton on Tractor Days held each July. To learn more about our agricultural history and enjoy the many events at the park go to www.countryheritagepark.com  I love feeling the earth tremble and the smell of the smoke from the stack and the piercing pitch of the steam whistle when the steam engines rumble around the park.. – Jenny

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Walter Hull’s Steam Engine

In the 1970’s and ‘80’s I took my art work to the Brigden Steam Show, the North Yarmouth Historical Show; Brigden, Aylmer and Wallacetown Fairs and the county plowing matches. I avoided the glitzy galleries and art centers, as I preferred to take my rural scenes and heavy horse paintings to country folk who were familiar with my images. We met great folks there; had good eats and found new material to sketch and paint. This steam engine was displayed at Brigden in the mid nineteen eighties.

Walt was a well loved member of our Dutton community. He often hitched one of his steam engines to an old hay wagon and gave the neighbourhood kids a ride around the village. When these old behemoths rolled down the street the earth shook . . . so did the china in the cabinet and the teacups on the table.

This is another of Walt Hull’s old steam engines. - Jenny

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Walter Hull’s Case Steam Engine

In the 1970’s and ‘80’s I took my art work to the Brigden Steam Show, the North Yarmouth Historical Show; Brigden, Aylmer and Wallacetown Fairs and the county plowing matches. I avoided the glitzy galleries and art centers, as I preferred to take my rural scenes and heavy horse paintings to country folk who were familiar with my images. We met great folks there; had good eats and found new material to sketch and paint. This Case steam engine was displayed at Brigden in the mid nineteen eighties.

Walt was a well loved member of our Dutton community. He often hitched one of his steam engines to an old hay wagon and gave the neighbourhood kids a ride around the village. When these old behemoths rolled down the street the earth shook . . . so did the china in the cabinet and the teacups on the table.- Jenny

John Goodison Steam Engine

Goodison was one of Sarnia’s most prominent and highly respected citizens. He was also known far and wide throughout the Dominion of Canada as the manufacturer of the Goodison Threshing Machine and Traction Engines.

This is one of his great steam engines that I saw at the Brigden Steam Show back in 1981. What a great time Dave and I had at that steam show. So much to see, people to meet, visiting with old friends and selling my artwork. Great memories.

This Goodison engine was one of many there and they were all very popular with the crowd.

To learn more about the history of the John Goodison Threshing Co. go to www.engineeringhistory.on.ca

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Stationary Engine With Wooden Base

Dave and I have spent some time visiting and exhibiting at Country Heritage Park outside Milton. We were there for Tractor Days and Heavy Horse Demonstration Days. We met the nicest folks there. One group of exhibiters had old stationary engines and they suggested I draw their engines as well as the antique tractors and steamers. I was happy to oblige. I was only able to find enough time to get three different engines complete before the 2011 Milton Steam Show. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do as much art work as I want.

I personally know nothing about these engines and plan to do some interviewing and research at the Milton show.  I was intrigued by the base that looked like an old wooden wheel barrow and it looked like an old wooden cheese box covered another part. I can’t wait to find out more about this one.

Watch for an update. - Jenny

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Stationary Engine with A Fan

Dave and I have spent some time visiting and exhibiting at Country Heritage Park outside Milton. We were there for Tractor Days and Heavy Horse Demonstration Days. We met the nicest folks there. One group of exhibiters had old stationary engines and they suggested I draw their engines as well as the antique tractors and steamers. I was happy to oblige. I was only able to find enough time to get three different engines complete before the 2011 Milton Steam Show. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do as much art work as I want.

I personally know nothing about these engines and plan to do some interviewing and research at the Milton show.

Watch for an update. – Jenny

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1918 Minneapolis Moline
Massey-Harris Stationary Engine

Dave and I have spent some time visiting and exhibiting at Country Heritage Park outside Milton. We were there for Tractor Days and Heavy Horse Demonstration Days. We met the nicest folks there. One group of exhibiters had old stationary engines and they suggested I draw them as well as the antique tractors and steamers. I was happy to oblige. I was only able to find enough time to get three different engines complete before the 2011 Milton Steam Show. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do as much art work as I want.  I personally know nothing about these engines and plan to do some interviewing and research at the Milton show. I know this machine is a Massey-Harris because the name appears on the engine.

Watch for an update. - Jenny