Brian Barden’s Lawson Hit and Miss Motor

Brian Barden, longtime road agent for the town of Dublin, NH and a member of the Dublin Fire Department demonstrated his circa 1900 Lawson Hit & Miss Motor that powered a circa 1940 Alaska Freezer Ice Cream maker. Brian purchased the system for $600 several years ago from the Brattleboro Retreat when they realized that it was easier to buy the ice cream from a local supplier than make it with the Lawson/Alaska Freezer system. The complexity of this machinery is fascinating. The Lawson Hit & Miss motor (technically it’s an engine) was a blessing for many farmers at the turn of the last century as it was able to power everything from circular saws to mechanical log splitters. This video was filmed at the Dublin Day festivities on July 19, 2014 in Dublin, NH