Letter to Jerry Farmer about the Midland Engine Works, Midland, Ontario
May 22, 1984
am sorry to be so long in answering your letter.
My health has not been up to par and on top of that I have had to
go back to work. I had hoped to take life easier this year, but as it turned
out my contract has been renewed for another year so back to the
have brought the engine I have “a baby 1 horse” down from the camp
so you can have a(t) least a look at it.
I also asked the man I sold a(n) old, I believe it was a “St.
Lawrence” to, and he is to get back to me and let me know about it.
was able to get an advertisement from an old local paper.
I was unable to find any of my old papers on the Hanly Engine.
I could have thrown them out, but that is not like me to do that.
Curator of our Simcoe County Archives is to come by to see me on other
things; I will find out from him if the papers I am looking for are in
the museum in Barrie.
have spent the last three weekends looking at the camp & at the
house, but no luck. I have
found a lot of things I was looking for but not a thing on the Hanly
have a real collection of old photos & I know there are a number of
pictures we could get copies of.
hope you will be able to stop in & see me on your way to (the)
Engine Show in Port Erie.
Hanly business was shut down in March of 1937 as Bruce my Grandfather
died & his partner (Bert) Samuel Hanly did not wish to carry on.
engines & all the shop was sold in 1941 to a Toronto firm, who
scrapped all the old & new engines for scrap for the war effort.
Payette Foundry also made marine engines & were in competition with
the Hanly firm.
have a number of old magazines that show pictures etc. of old type of
(sic) cars, outboards & marine engines.
hope that I will be able to see you on your trip, as it is hard really
to know your interest in pictures etc.
The envelope is one of the old firms. (Marked: AFTER TEN DAYS RETURN TO
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