News From the Pioneer Gas Engine Association Meeting

Information about the annual Pioneer Gas Engine Association meeting held in Fairville, N.Y.

1926 Caterpillar Thirty

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario, New York.

PHOTO: DOROTHY B. SMITH

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Information about the annual Pioneer Gas Engine Association meeting held in Fairville, N.Y. 

The latest news from the Pioneer Gas Engine Association meeting. This 1926 Caterpillar Thirty is owned by Paul Luckman of Walworth, New York, a Director of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association. The original owner logged a large tract of timber near Paulaski, N.Y. He also used it on a sawmill (built in 1886) until 1960. Paul bought it in 1963. He rebuilt the magneto and did some work on the tracks. It has been shown at the PGEA reunions the last three years. Sorry Paul wasn't present when the picture was taken!

The 1966 Annual meeting of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. was held on Nov. 6th at the Firehall in Fairville, N.Y. A short memorial service was held in memory of members who have passed away during the past year. A plaque is to be made on which these deceased members' names will be engraved.

Election of officers was held and the following were duly elected: President: Roland Riegle, Tonawanda, N.Y.; Vice-President: Franklin Orbaker, Newark, N.Y.; Secretary: Mrs. Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario, N.Y.; Treasurer: Mrs. Mary Johnson, Marion, N.Y.; Directors for three years: Ted McCauley, Groveland, N.Y.; Kenneth Roloff, Marilla, N.Y.; Harold Brown, Seneca Castle, N.Y.

A local branch has been organized which is to be known as the Central New York Branch of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. These members felt that the distance was too great to attend the monthly meetings of the parent club. They will hold local rallies and gas-ups.

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The dates for the 1967 Reunion have been set for July 28, 29 and 30th at the same place in Fairville. We had a total of 313 members for 1966. Anyone interested in joining for 1967, send $2.00 to the Secretary at the above address. All members receive a bimonthly newsletter, the Pioneer Engine Bugle.

The regular October meeting of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association Inc. was held at the Firehall in Fairville, New York. About 45 people were present. Not all of the bills of the reunion are in, so a complete financial report will be reported at a later date. However the new location proved to be successful, and it was voted to hold the 1967 reunion at the same place. The dates will be July 28, 29 and 30.

There were discussions on forming local subsidiary branches under the auspices of the Pioneer. This was referred to the Board of Directors with the vote of approval to form such organizations.

A nominating committee was named to pick a slate of officers and three Directors to be voted on at the next meeting on November 6th. This will be the annual meeting. A complete financial report will be given at that time.

We have received a gift of a Westinghouse size O thresher from the estate of the late Robert Stickler of Campbell, N. Y.

1967 dues are now due. Send two dollars to the secretary for your membership card and our bi-monthly news letter. We also have an equipment directory of engine owners. This is a 33 page mimeographed book which sells for $1.00.

A 2850 Hart-Parr, model 1928, shelling corn in May of 1965. Owner is Art Ommodt of Butterfield, Minnesota.

A lineup of gas tractors at the Steam-Era in 1964. All in all there were about 40.