Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club show, 1997

3 HP Monitor Engine

3 HP Monitor, Economy, Fuller & Johnson displayed by Bob Mobley, Vinita, OK.

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325 Stone Parsons, Kansas 67357

The ninth annual Gas and Tractor Show started with a bang literally. As things were just getting underway, a thunderstorm moved through the show grounds with lightning and thunder. After the storm passed, the show started as if nothing had happened.

This year we had 133 gas engines, 10 model engines, 24 display tractors, two log saws, one motor scooter, and two motor bikes, all displayed to a good sized crowd of spectators.

One of the displays was the 'hot air balloon' belonging to Loren Erwin, Carthage, Missouri, along with his Johnson Motor Wheel bicycle. See story in the October, 1997 GEM.

A new event this year was a skillet toss for the ladies this is a distance event, and the winner was Nancy Harry with a toss of 45 feet 5 inches.

The slow race for tractors was won by Terry Hahn field and the fast start race for tractors was won by Jack Winter.

We had 18 antique cars on display thanks to local car clubs.

This year we also added a fruit pie contest, which was won by Kate Wilson. We had a hay press demonstration and stump pulling.

One of our club members, Frank Grilz, Frontenac, Kansas, may be starting a new era in engine exhibits. He had one of the nicest looking engines at the show, a 5 HP Jaeger. Some other club members dubbed it a show engine since it hasn't fired once since Frank finished restoring it. So, it was a show but no go engine. Sunday morning Frank was busy polishing the engine even though it only had dust on it no oil or gasoline to clean up.

Our 10th anniversary show will be held on June 27 and 28, 1998 at the Crawford County Historical Museum grounds, Pittsburgh, Kansas. The club voted to honor the memory of Quentin Jensen, a club founder, with a display of his engines, which were sold at auction following his death in 1992. Anyone who owns one is invited to bring it back to display and honor Quentin's involvement in our club, a hobby he loved.

Also, Frank Grilz's idea came to an end a couple of weeks after our show, when his Jaeger joined the rest of his engines. It started and ran like new! I guess this was just an idea that was ahead of its time.