Advance Rumely School

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Rt. 2, Box 309, Wauchula, Florida 33873

The photo shown here is of the Advance Rumely School for the owners and dealers, which taught the operating and maintaining of their tractors. Complete instructions were given for several days, and then a banquet was enjoyed. Owners and dealers came from eastern United States. Other schools were held in various parts of the United States and Canada.

Identifying those whom I know as we face the picture, a little to the right from the center, in the third row back, is a man with no capbeside him to the right is Leo Harkness from Randolph, New York; next to him on the right is my father, Elwyn Nickerson, then from East Randolph, New York. Next to him is my Uncle John Frenty, New Albion, New York. On the left side of the picture, second row back on the left side of the electric pole, is Jack Helena, blockman for the company, from Rochester, New York. To his left is my Uncle Charlie Nickerson, agent for the company during the 1920s, from Jamestown, New York. All of these men are gone. It will be interesting if others can identify anyone in this picture.

This was the menu for the LaPorte, Indiana Banquet, held after the days of instruction, on February 22, 1924:


Fruit Cocktain
(a la Oil Pull)

Assorted Olives
(Oil Cooled)

(Supply your own Lifting-Fingers)

(Water Sprayed)

Prime Roast of Beef with Brown Gravy
(Heat Treated)

Halibut Steak
(No Center Members)

Mashed Potatoes
(Ample Belt Clearance)

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Cabbage and Pimento Salad with French Dressing
(Easily Adjusted)

Parker House Rolls
(Via Hyatt Bearings)

Neapolitan Ice Cream
(Never Overheats)

Assorted Wafers (No choke)

(Special Equipment)

(Complete Ground Job)

(With Impulse Starter)

In the November/December 1968 issue of GEM, I wrote an article, 'My Own Oil Pull Not for Sale.' I had a gratifying response to my effort. Mention was made of a forthcoming antique show to be held, probably at Zolfo Springs, Florida. The first show was held in March 1969. A friend, Tony Ulrich, and I showed our engines and Oil Pull tractor and about 50 people attended.

I am pleased to say that this show has grown rapidly to an estimated 75,000-100,000 people in 1980. We have exhibitors from all states and Canada, a huge flea market, antique cars and trucks, farm equipment and good entertainment. This show, known as Pioneer Days, is sponsored by the First National Bank of Wauchula, and is held each year on the first weekend in March. Y'all come!!!