Iron Man Of The Month
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The fever really hit Roscoe. He once owned five different
engines at one time.
'I had an 18-horse Frick Engine which I took around to the
shows, then sold to a guy in N. Carolina,' recollects
Shiverdecker. 'Then I bought a little 12-horsepower Frick which
I later sold to Percy Sherman (of Iron-Man Fame) at Palmyra,
Michigan. After that I got me a 22-horse Keck Gonnerman Engine
which I sold to a fellow in Cincinnati.
One of the real beauties that Roscoe Shiverdecker showed at the
reunions was a half-size model Garr-Scott which he bought off of
Harry Britton, that was made over an 18-horsepower double
Garr-Scott Engine. This was the little 'eye-catcher' which
sported the red scallop, like the fabled 'buggy with the fringe
on top'. And Roscoe's boys used to put little ol'
Garr-Scott through its paces at the sawmills and on the fan tests,
just to show off at the various area reunions throughout Ohio and
'The 23-90 Baker that I got some time ago, I still have.
It's like new and I use it to steam tobacco beds near home,
because I can't drive it down the roads for a distance like the
Old No. 9 Loco,' says Roscoe. And yet there was still another
steam engine in the 'love affair' of Roscoe Shiverdecker
and his beloved 'Iron Horses.'
'I got me a little half-size model of a Greyhound Engine.
Its boiler was rolled in St. Marys, Ohio, but the engine was then
built in Coldwater, Ohio,' muses Roscoe. 'That engine had
the stamp of the Ohio State Boiler Board.' (I reminded Roscoe
that it probably was the only engine that had ever generated steam
'I tore that engine all down and rebuilt it,' says
Roscoe. 'It had only three-quarter inch piping throughout and
couldn't handle enough steam to give it the power it needed. So
I replaced the smaller three-quarter piping with inch-and-a-quarter
size, and I put on a heavier fly-wheel, rebuilt the clutch and
Although Roscoe Shiverdecker almost forgot to mention the small,
quarter-size model of an Advance Engine, which he used to 'play
with the did not forget to praise his entire family for all the
help they give him at cleaning, repairing and painting his steam
engines, including the old R. D. S. Special No. 9.
'My wife, Helen, helps to paint the engines, and my
daughter, Sharon did the painting and lettering on my Baker,'
says 'Shivvie', with a bit of pride in stride.
Now that son Gary is in the military service, next-in-line
brother Bob, 17, has taken over with the helping of Iron Man Roscoe
Shiverdecker in rebuilding his engines. And that leaves Steve, 11,
and Johnny, 8, to hang around Dad's shop, so they can learn how
to work on the engines. And, of course, help Dad show 'em off
at the steam reunions.
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