It appears I have fallen into the ownership of a quite unusual serial number. I own serial number 97. Paul Rugheimer in Bozeman, MT if you want to add it to the registry.
I repaired a few problems with it for family friends a number of years ago, and since they are now downsizing, they gave me the telescope. I think I recall a relative of theirs gave it to them 20 or 30 years ago. So as far as I understand it, I am the 3rd owner, but no money changed hands since the original purchase.
It does indeed have the axial focus, although a side 'button' is there which moves when the focus knob is turned. Let me know if anyone has any questions about this original model.
I was searching for information on clock/motor drives when I stumbled across this thread. From my searching I seem to have found that its ordinary household 110V AC power that should be applied to the two leads. I found some good info at http://www.astronomyasylum.com/c8.html in case that link is of help to anyone else.