325 Stone, Parsons, Kansas 67357
The Eighth Annual Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club Show was held June 22nd and 23rd, 1996, at the Crawford County Historical Society Museum grounds in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The featured engine this year was the Rock Island. Brothers Dean Harris, Par sons, Kansas, and David Harris, Erie, Kansas, had an outstanding display of 1 HP through 7 HP Rock Islands. These engines are restored to like-new condition and ran the same way.
This year we again had exhibitors from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. There were 136 gas engines on display along with eight garden tractors, three scale-model tractors, seven pedal tractors, plus five antique cars. The larger engines on display included a 15 HP Reid, 10 HP Marion, 16 HP Industrial Iron Works, and a 12 HP Fairbanks-Morse engine.
The 15 HP Reid belongs to Dale Rice, Opolis, Kansas. (If you see Dale, ask him what mud daubers can do to a big engine when you are trying to start it.)
The 16 HP Industrial Iron Works engine belongs to Jack Chandler, Carthage, Missouri. It is a very nice looking and running engine that was built in Clinton, Missouri.
The 12 HP Fairbanks-Morse is owned by Loren Ervin of Carthage, Missouri. This was one of the cleanest and most original looking engines on display. The 10 HP Marion (The Marion Ten) is owned by Jim Tullis, Carthage, Missouri.
It seems Carthage just grows larger engines than the surrounding area does. It must be the climate.
Once again we had to deal with very hot temperatures for the show weekend, but that didn't keep the show from being well received by the folks attending and the exhibitors. I hope you folks can be with us for the 9th annual show to be held June 21st and June 22nd, 1997, at the Crawford County Historical Society Museum grounds in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Thank you to all club members and other exhibitors for again making the show something to be proud of.