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Coolspring Ohio Engine Trivia Continued


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Old 05-15-2011, 12:38:45 PM
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THIS MONTH I AM GIVING YOU SOME OHIO ENGINE TRIVIA AND NOT ASKING A TRIVIA QUESTION. Please read the attached letter from Frank M. Underwood to the US Patent Office. Also note the change of address on the letterhead. Carefully look at the cut of the Underwood engine and note the double rim on the flywheel. The second picture is of a very early Underwood engine owned by Don Bashline. If you have an interest, you can do a Google Patent search for numbers 574,183 and 553,181 which were issued to Underwood and set the pattern for what would become known as the Ohio Side Shaft.
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Preston, Thanks for posting the Ohio history - very interesting
Also very nice photo!
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Preston
What size is that Underwood engine?
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The engine is not taged with a HP. Going by early Underwood advertising which has the weight listed, we have always called the old gal a 3 HP. She carries the number 230.
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Preston,
I read the letter and patent with great interest. It seems that they were able to take his fee but "legal" was unable to edit the patent application for content or address.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Frank M. Underwood, a citizen of the United States, residing at Upper Sandusky, in the county of Wyandot and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Mixers for Gas-Engines; ......

It would seem like no big deal to move from Upper Sandusky to Sandusky as it would almost imply neighboring towns. But the funny thing is that Upper Sandusky is at least 50 miles south-west of Sandusky and maybe 3 or 4 countys away.
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