Hi my name is Johnnie L. Boston. I am a native to Ritchie
County, West Virginia. In this site you will find information about a 15 HP Reid engine and the story behind it - one
I proudly share with others. I hope you enjoy.
Russell No. 6 is a standard rig powered by a 15 hp Reid gas engine that was on my family home
place for many years. It was pumped by four generations of my family: my Great Granddad John Layfield, my
Granddad Eb Layfield and Uncle Pete Layfield whom were brothers, my father John Boston and including myself, Johnnie
L. Boston and my brother Jimmy Boston. The home place where the standard rig sat still belongs to my brother Jimmy. The
standard rig was still in operation until 1995. Old gas engines and standard rigs like this one are being
replaced by modern pumping jacks. The actual well where the standard rig stood is still producing with a modern
pumping jack today.