The meeting was opened with a very appropriate memorial service in memory of Harry Schoff of Honeoye Falls, who was the founder and instigator of our organization. The business meeting was very short.
Slides were shown by Claude Abbert of Rochester of a recent trip to the Smithsonian Institute. These were very beautiful, and proves that Claude is quite a professional when it comes to photography. Roland Riegle of Tonawanda showed us slides taken at the Rough and Tumble Reunion in Kinsers, the Steam-Era, Milton, Canada, and the Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua. Don Luteyn of Palmyra had his collection of slides of the various 'gas-ups', 'steam-ups', and reunions. The movies of William Hurlbut of Rome were shown. These were of his quite large display at a recent Fireman's Field Day. There was also a movie of the 1964 Steam-Era in Milton, Canada.
Our membership has now grown to 218. Since the first issue of the GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE, we have had new members and inquiries from North Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Mass. If you wish to join, send $2.00 to me, Mrs. Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario, N. Y. 14519.
Another of our members has passed away. Robert Stickler, Campbell, N. Y. died at his winter home in Elfers, Florida on Jan. 19th. For many years he owned and operated a Hardware store and had the International dealership in Campbell. Many of the old I. H. C. gas engines around today were sold by him. His main interest in later years was steam. He had recently owned a Case traction engine, a Frick, and a Peerless. He also had a collection of gas tractors, gas engines and models.
The regular meeting of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. was held March 6th at Fairville, N. Y. with about 65 people in attendence. This was a very important meeting as plans had to be made for the coming 1966 Reunion. Due to the death of Harry Schoff, it became necessary to find a new location. The Board of Directors had decided that the move be made to Fairville. This is just a small town on Route 88, about 3 miles north of Newark, N. Y., 'The Rose Capitol of the World.' It is about 35 miles east of Rochester. The show will be on the property of Franklin Orbaker, who was also elected to fill the office of Vice-President, left vacant by Harry Schoff.
The very capable Ladies Auxiliary of the Fairville Fire Dept. will serve the dinners, and have short order lunches on the grounds. There will be room for campers, trailers, and a place to unroll a sleeping bag. There are motels nearby on Routes 31 and 104.
We now have an Engine Directory. This consists of 33 mimeographed pages, (no pictures), with a listing of members and their engines and allied equipment. This book is available for $1.00. Send your order to Charles Beebe, 28 Elm Street, Geneseo, N. Y. 14454.
At this meeting our membership reached number 227, which was the total membership for 1965. Dues are $2.00 per year.
On Sunday, May 1st, we will have an all day 'gas-up', when the members bring a favorite engine to show off, and some trading and selling takes place. Lunch will be served and visitors are welcome.
Don't forget our Reunion dates are July 29, 30, and 31st. Come visit us Would enjoy meeting you.