Chemung Valley Old Timers Annual Display

Hand pumps

Fairbanks-Morse 'H' 1912 engine belongs to Leonard Pearson of Elmira, New York. Late 1800's hand pumps are property of Vern Crout of Watkins Glen, New York.

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New York by Carol Brigham, Sec. 1401 Sing Sing Road Horseheads, New York 14845

Rain or shine, Spring was the time for the 10th annual display at the Arnot Mall, Horseheads, New York, according to Frank Johnson, president of the Chemung Valley Old Timers Association.

The event held April 28, through May 5, 1991, drew approximately 118,000 spectators. Antique tractors and engines came from all over New York State and northern Pennsylvania.

Ten John Deere tractors, were lined up, followed by a 1935 Farmall F-12 on steel, a 1948 Allis Chalmers G, 1938 McCormick Deering W-14, 1934 Plymouth, and a 1934 John Deere D.

Case, Silver King, Steiner, Minneapolis Moline, Gibson, and Massey Harris were also here for a total of 23 tractors and one Kincade garden tractor. A 1929 Ford stake rack model A A was also exhibited.

Several collections of steam models and farm toys were also shown. The bookworms were delighted with a collection of IMA and GEM.

Many shoppers wandered through the antiques area to examine such curiosities as the old Maytag washer, the grist mill grinder, a rope winch, a 1932 Moto riding lawnmower, and the Victor Victrola dating from 1901.

Tables were filled with old hand tools, planes, clamps, carpet stretcher, marking gauge and a barn beam auger.

Pumps were also exhibited: a chain water pump from the 1800's, a pitcher pump and two hand pumps (one a Gould and the other a J.I. Case from the late 1800's or early 1900's), which were used to pump water for supply to a steam engine.

Horse drawn equipment included a Superior grain drill and a potato digger, both from the early 1900's. An 1850 threshing machine powered by a 3 HP Hercules engine, was exhibited by the local 'Airport Angels 4-H Club'.

A spark plug collection of over 200 spark plugs was surrounded by several engines, including Fairbanks Morse, Hercules, Ellis and one homemade hot air engine.