One Buckingham Drive Chambersburg, PA 17201
Since there was no old or retired iron organization of any type dealing with old farm related implements in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, a few people decided to see if there was enough interest in the area to form such an organization.
There are several individuals in the area who have quite a selection of old farm related items. A year has passed and we are doing well.
The C. V. Antique Engine &. Machinery Association has been organized. We are chartered and registered as a non-profit organization of approximately 80 members. We are located in Franklin County, but membership already spans several counties and at least two states.
During our first year we participated in several one day shows, the Greencastle Old Home Week and the Franklin County Fair. We supported the Lemasters Ruritan Show and of course our own two day show at Twin Bridge Campground, west of Chambersburg on U.S. Route 30. We also supported the Greencastle Apple Festival where we made cider and chanced off a gasoline engine, an afghan, a handmade clock, a socket set and last but not least, a turkey.
At our first annual two day show on August 13 & 14, 1983, we had approximately 45 gas engines, 65 tractors including 2 one cylinder Frick tractors, plus various other farm related items. We had an operating thrashing machine, rock crusher, and stationary baler on the premises and a parade on both days.
Food was provided by two local Ruritan groups and there were wrench throws, bale throws, and a peanut and candy pickup for the young ones. Fun and games for all, come and see us in 1984.
The organization had a banquet in November and over 100 people attended. Our president, Aden Haw-baker, invited historian William P. Conrad as our speaker for the evening. Mr. Conrad gave us a rundown on the history of the machinery companies of the area through the 1800's to the present, such as Frick, Geiser, Domestic, Stover and the Cromwell Company of Greencastle, Pennsylvania.
In 1984 we are again planning several events: a swap meet and flea market on May 12 at Twin Bridge Campground, the Chambersburg Bi-Centennial parade, the Franklin County Fair and of course our 2nd Annual Show at Twin Bridges Campground on August 11 and 12, 1984. U-R-Invited!
ABENAQUE SERIAL NUMBER LIST
Recently we received a letter from Robert P. Weis, P.O. Box 668, Mount Hermon, Massachusetts 01354, who said: 'Recently I have had access to some old salesmen's customer cards concerned with Abenaque gas engines. I have summarized the information relating to serial number, horsepower, date, price and 'remarks' on the enclosed list.'
350 saw rig
600 incl. equip.
400 saw rig
650 incl. equip.
525 un mounted
935 with pump
838 incl. equip.