1323 West Maple, Enid, Oklahoma 73703-4512
The 12th annual Enid Antique Power Gas Engine and Tractor Show held on Saturday, October 7, 1995, at the Garfield Fairgrounds had another great show with the weather cooperating with a beautiful day. We had approximately 70 old iron and antique participants from all over Oklahoma as well as Kansas, with several rare antique engines, garden tractors, washing machines, corn shellers, antique cars, trucks and Cushman Scooters. Our one day event is enjoyed by all before we put our old iron toys and vehicles up for the winter.
Our 'King of Old Iron' award went to John and Fay Riffel, Enid, Oklahoma, this year. I believe John and Fay have attended all of our shows and they're always there with a helping hand. They brought a 1950s Massey-Harris 'Pony' tractor.
Tom and Joyce Brown from Leonard, Oklahoma, who faithfully attend our show every year, brought a 1920 15 HP Fairbanks-Morse Model 'Z' engine this year which Tom obtained through a trade. This engine was used to run a grist mill in Kentucky from the day it was bought new until it was permanently retired. In the restoration, Tom soon discovered that this engine had cracks in the cylinder, so the hunt was on for a cylinder to replace the bad one, but didn't have any luck locating one. After three years of searching, Felix Milligan, an engine loving friend, located a possible source a gentleman from Saskatchewan, Canada, had the cylinder Tom needed. Since some of the parts for an engine this old are nearly impossible to find, Tom had to improvise with some homemade parts to get it going. It's really an unusual and rare engine. Maybe someday, Tom says, in his searching he'll run across the original parts. I think everyone in this old iron hobby has been there. Good luck!
Another old iron enthusiast who has a lot of unusual engines, and we welcome him back this year, is Rick Ice with his wife LaNae, from Thomas, Oklahoma. Rick is shown with his 1930s vintage boat motor, from U. S. Marine Corporation, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He got this engine from the Flea Market at Fort Scott, Kansas. Rich and LaNae also brought their 1915 1 HP Waterloo Boy, 1916 4 HP Associated; 1920s 6 HP Novo; their rare 1924 4 HP Piersen, which was from Piersen Motor Works, Topeka, Kansas (Rick got this motor from Pete Rose's sale in Enid); and 1918 1 HP Ideal gas engines. Rick keeps all these old iron engines tuned up and in top running order, and if anyone needs some fine tuning on their engines, Rick is usually there.
Among the newcomers to our show this year was John Lindell, Eufaula, Oklahoma, who brought his 1940s John Deere B tractor. John was one of the first ones there and ready to sign up before we had the sign-up sheets out! Also, Norman Wood from Norman, Oklahoma, was there with his fabulous collection of John Deere engines. Norman's restoration and collection of John Deere stationary engines is very impressive. R. J. and Mary Margaret Philbrick, Waukomis, Oklahoma brought out their 1938 F-14 Farmall and Regular Farmall International tractors as well as a Shaw tractor, Maytag engines, International and Stover engines. Sam and Becky Hamilton, Still-water, Oklahoma, brought their 1917 2 HP International Mogul engine and McCormick-Deering corn grinder.
Leon, Sherry and Ryan Koehn from Ringwood, Oklahoma, brought out their 1912 10 HP Stover, 1911 4 HP Cushman, 1909 3 HP Fairmont Rail Car engine, 1900s 1 HP Alpha De-Laval stationary engines. They have restored several engines in recent years and have a very impressive collection. Also, Kenneth Martin, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a regular who attends our shows and brings his trailer full of Maytag engines as well as several other models of small engines.
Former 'King of Old Iron' awardees George and Mary Oller with their trailer full of engines including his Monitor, E. J. 'Goose' and Hazel Gosnell with their 6 HP Fairbanks-Morse gas engine, and Frank and Esther Teske with his corn grinders (my grandkids always get their little bag of corn and ground com from Frank) have been there every year and supported our show. We appreciate you!
The 'Special T' (Model T Ford) Club had a good turnout of Model T's and a varied group of antique vehicles from the Antique Auto Club, Enid. Thanks to Archie Wight, who made two shows that day, as his wife had relatives in Watonga and they had a float in the Cheese Festival at Watonga, and Archie still made it to our show. David Baker, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, probably had the most unusual vehicle there a 1926 Ford Model T Coupe powered by a VW engine in the rear of his 'T.' David wanted to build a car that looked original, but would have the ability to get up to road speed, so he used a VW engine because of its simple design. He has in excess of 55 Model T bodies and parts. David drove this Model T to our show from Oklahoma City and was enjoying giving everyone rides in his 'T.'
Harold Cooper didn't have the only REO vehicles there this year, as Charles Manning, Valley Center, Kansas, brought his 1923 REO truck, which they did a great restoration job with, having to make a lot of new wood pieces for this vehicle. Harold Cooper also brought out a 1929 Top-Hat Limo Rolls Royce that he is working on. You don't see these Rolls Royces everyday.
Our shows seems to be getting bigger and better every year and we really enjoy this fun day. We had a great feed of beans and cornbread, plus a lot of other goodies for all the participants. Special thanks to Esther Corley, Darlene Schulz, Marilyn Cooper, Hazel Gosnell, Mary Oiler, Suzanna Vogt, Billie Phil-brick, Carol Morris, Mary Bailey, Marsha & Carole Unruh, Wanda Martin, Carol Wight and Gary Phipps for cooking beans and cornbread and to all the others for bringing other goodies. Everybody just pitches in and does their thing and we had quite a feast including desserts of all kinds this year. Mary Oiler and Carol Morris had their antique popcorn machine going and everyone had a chance to get their popcorn, which really hit the spot.
R. D. Corley, Richard Vogt and Harold Cooper were joined by Ron Schulz this year in working and sponsoring our show, and next year Cleo Phil-brick is going to assist us also, so we are looking forward to another great show next year on October 5, 1996, as you all, as participants, make the show for us. Mark your calendar now to attend our show. See you there!!!