Greetings to all

Dear Fans and Fellow Members:

Little Steam Train

Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C. 29520.

Robert Rogers

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We wish to extend greetings and express gratitude ...... for the many courtesies extended us when we exhibited at your home state shows; the one hundred ninety six (196) exhibitors, helpers and honored show officials for their contributions to, and being a part of Cheraws second Annual show; the thousands of spectators for their most gratifying compliments.

Margaret & Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C.

SHOW REPORT - Cheraw, S.G.

ANTIQUE ACRES - APRIL 16 - 17 -18, 1971

Exhibitors, button-wearers, skimmer-wearers, etc. from 21 states and Canada shook up the 5,700 residents of this little town in April, 1970.

In April, 1971, you enlarged your numbers about tenfold, you came from 26 states and Canada, and you shook up patrons of several multi-state TV networks, radio stations, and the press from the two Carolinas.

These patrons had missed the show and clamored for views, so three weeks following the show, fifty per cent of each Farm and Home TV program consisted of scenes from the antics of Antique Acres.

Nearly every TV news hour had three to five minute spots.

Cameramen, programmers, splicers, writers, etc. will arrive Oct. 24 to begin putting together TV programs that will precede, rather than follow, the '72 show scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 7, 8, and 9.

Two weeks prior to the '72 show, approximately 30 top newspaper writers and photographers, along with a number of TV newsmen and cameramen, are converging here to receive a good feed, pictures and material. Instead of covering Dixie with dew, they plan to cover it with pictures and write-ups of exhibitors and their engines.

This highly popular Little Steam Train entertains Children while papa 'spark plugs' and mama walks gardens. Jimmy Thomas of Cheraw is owner-operator of this little gem built in Cheraw by his father in 1940. Photo by Dayton Nichols, Stafford, N.Y.

Now see what you exhibitors with your engines, humor, badges, plaques, skimmers, fellowship and antics have gone and done.

This Rebel's pre-show apprehension, indecision, etc. began fading Wednesday before Friday's opening when Dick Spink of Buffalo and Dayton Nichols of Stafford, N.Y. arrived and stated that they, together with Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Webb of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, would rotate on the mike and keep things moving.

Then Bus Longrod of Albion, N. Y. and Jim Riley of Rising Sun, Maryland, arrived and assumed responsibility for the model and gas areas.

Archie Cline, Bobby Miller, Arnold Broadway and others from N. C, together with Ken Mattis from Ohio arrived and fired the traction and stationary boilers.

Exhibitors having over 200 models and 57 gas engines arrived from twenty-six states and makeshift they did. Never before have I seen so many self-sufficient people work together. We had stockpiled sawhorses and plyboards so modelers quickly set up table extensions. Right there was proof that this fellow should see only a few other shows this year. Stay home and prepare for 1972 was the dictate of the day.

Three days of 72 degree bright sunshine was heavenly to those who left four feet of snow sixteen hours earlier.

Attendance exceed five thousand this year compared to two thousand at our first annual in 1970. We expect ten to fifteen thousand in '72.

Robert Varner, Ashboro, N. C. has promised to bring this two cylinder 'Advance' back April 7-8-9-72. Many of the components of this engine seem to be marine style. Robert has a nice collection. Photo by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla.

Exhibitors signs on these engines hatched an idea. Hereafter our Headliner (a big big typewriter) will custom make signs having Exhibitors names and addresses on the two top lines, whereby camera shots should identify.

For example: The words Acres and S. C. on Jake Hershey's homemade engine is easily readable. His name and Gorham, N. Y. is not.

Albert Johnson brought this 3 HP Fredenberg and Spark plug collection from 10100 Rexford Road, Grass Lakes, Mich.

Thanks for the idea Ed, now all of you bring'm back next Apr. 7-8-9-72. Photo by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla.

One of Margaret's yardmen overlooked burning a pile of logs in the camper area and at first dark someone lit it. A crowd soon gathered and Dayton Nichols, Bus Longrod and others showed movies and slides. The bonfire group increased in numbers each night as those staying at motels returned for the activities. The bonfires or something brought out the poetry in A.L. Spencer of Corning, N. Y. This is just one of the many cases where exhibitors converted our omissions into fun for everyone.

Another blunder is evolving into a natural. The Booster Club erroneously erected their big food tent in a manner that nearly shut off the view of the blacksmith shop. The blacksmith is now located between Gold Rush Junction and Mule Town. It is hoped that if R. 0. Angle of Rocky Mount, Va., Louis Gillinger of Martinsburg, W. Va., or Sam Osborne of New Oxford, Pa. are not familiar with blacksmithing gold mine equipment, that they will return with someone who is. They shod mules that powered our sweep. Mule owners down here are still talking about 'de three genelmens dat shoes.'

Jimmy Thomas of Cheraw is relocating his tracks and will hereafter run his steam train across the dam, from Central R.R. Station to Gold Rush Junction, a new railroad station so named because of its proximity to the Gold Stamp Mill, where young and old can pan for gold.

Creek water heretofore wasting through the gorge is diverted through sluices whereby ladies can pan for rubies. A tumbler polishes the stones. This means operators are needed, so send us names and addresses of rock hounds, far and near.

The old saying that 'One man's meat is another man's poison,' has a lot of merit when it comes to traction engines. Flue trouble in the 50-HP Peerless must have pleased one man. Seconds after the boiler cooled, he was inside. He went in spotlessly clean and suave, but came out drooping and made a perfect imitation of Al Jolson. After church services Sunday morning, Margaret (Mrs. Rogers) asked him how he got so clean so quick. He held his ear lobe back and proudly exhibited a discolored spot purposely left there. Yep, you guessed him: Dennis Webb of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.

Refueling this boiler was a major attraction and a large crowd gathered. Very few had ever seen a boiler. When members of the younger generation asked what they were doing, one old 'funner' said, 'intestine transplant.' They did not question the transplant, but they could not understand why the surgeons did not wear white uniforms.

After returning North, five exhibitors mailed pictures snapped here of themselves in shirtsleeves, along with pictures of their homes, or sections of their homes, where snow hid the sections from the windows downward and eaves upward.

Nearly every modeler preferred air to steam. After a brief delay, a larger compressor arrived. Milo Powers was evidently in charge of air at Alexander this year and taught everyone some do's and don'ts. Well, Instructor Powers, after returning to Cheraw, two air compressors were belted to two steam engines and two boilers covered by two sheds. That gas engine you wrestled for hours in the N. Y. rain was convincing. Our model area is now three times as large as when everyone elbowed for space last April. How about it, Milo, you take charge of air here next April?

LeRoy Clark and V.A. Cole from Durham, N. C. are the proud owners of these engines. 1.5 HP Hercules, 4 HP Witte and 2 HP Domestic. Ladies from the snow country that like Dried Arrangements had a field day gathering seed pods that look like small pineapples from beneath the magnolia in the background. These pods are troublesome to us, so to the ladies, we say 'Come Pick Some.' Photo by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla.

Let's hope that James Riley of Rising Sun, Maryland will return and record gas engines April 7-8-9-72. Ladies do not bring fur coats, that white stuff up in trees is not snow, it is dogwood about three quarter bloom. Jim's Pix and show button covered hat did not turn out well.

The T Ford Tractor conversion is being restored. April Midday sun is forcing a cooler location for Gasoline Alley. The Semi-shade on left is about right. Photo by Cheraw Chronicle-Cheraw, S. C.

Mrs. Elmer Shaefer was smiling as she returned to Yoe, having had a successful sale on subscriptions, books, etc. This little lady intrigues me and I often ponder the name of the physiology she uses that works so perfectly. At one of the shows up North her table disappeared before she used it. That little lady raised heck on top of heck. Have you ever trotlined all night for catfish way deep into Hell Hole Swamp, Berkley County, South Carolina during alligator mating season? Right then this Rebel decided that never would Mrs. Shaefer's table disappear if she ever exhibited in Cheraw. As good luck would have it, Mrs. Shaefer, Elmer, Mrs. Ritzman from Enola and the Dave Egans from Mechanicsburg, arrived and asked for a table. After Mrs. Shaefer approved table size and location, a pick handle was given my best 'order follower' and he was told not to let anyone near that table until that little lady returned with supplies and took possession. The effect of Mrs. Shaefer's remarks up North reminded me of a story I tell about a child-bragging sister. When sis enrolled her child in school she told the teacher that her child learned fast, was well behaved, would give no trouble, and that the child was not to be spanked. The teacher asked her what she was supposed to do just in case the child did misbehave. Sis said, 'just in case she does, slap the child next to her and that her child would catch on and discontinue doing wrong.' Mrs. Shaefer sure as heck mowed down enough people for the guilty table-snatcher to get the message. At any rate, I caught on, and nobody got slapped. Now, Mrs. Shaefer, don't get mad; Margaret and I think you are the greatest.

While this story was being told to the group, a messenger stated that the titan 10-20 was running unattended and that it was knocking. Sherwood Hume from Milton, Canada, volunteered to fix it. He returned shortly and one of the 'funners' asked him if he 'wrenched it, sistorized it, or Shaeferized it, i.e., did it correct itself after he threatened it, or did he have to slap the surrounding engines?' We have 30 or 40 unrestored engines that need to be wrenched with loving care, sistorized or Shaeferized. 'Come wrench some. Come Shaeferize some.'

Margaret is proud of her gardening accomplishment as a result of praises from exhibitors' wives and especially proud of a front page color photograph on a Philadelphia Sunday paper, accompanied by an article entitled 'Flower Power Down In Dixie.' I told her that Dan Roberts of Candor, N. Y., Ken Dennis of Florida and Dick Spink of Buffalo, wanted landscaped camper spaces with their names permanently mounted on them. She readily agreed when I told her that Don and Ken would take charge of camper reservations, registrations, needs, etc. A few tears appeared when I told her that we may have to move about 30 of her 30-year-old azaleas, camellias, etc. to make room for more campers. Her problem is that she has 'Mo-'n-Mo-itus,' i.e., she wants Mo-'n-Mo campers and Mo-'n-Mo flowers but cannot get Mo-'n-Mo land. She likes steam and exhibits models that include an overhead crank and a walking beam. She wants camper exhibitors and has had me busy running water and electric lines to newly landscaped camper areas. More exhibitors are bringing campers in '72. They liked the 72-degree weather, hot showers, shade trees, stream, water falls, water wheels, etc.

Many would-be members are not; the membership register was frequently blocked by numerous bucks crowding around the four young ladies in charge. How we blundered through and registered 222 family memberships, goodness knows. 1970 family memberships totaled eighty-six. Why don't some of you wives get together on a rotation basis and 'come register some?' Whatsay, Irene ... Dot?

Two-horse wagons, one-horse wagons, buggies, sleighs, huckster wagons, hay rakes, spray machines, and nearly everything that has wheels have been modified and equipped to replace two large tents and their fixed tables. Stainless steel steam tables from which meals will be served buffet style have replaced conventional beds on two wagons.

Equipment for preparing and serving French fries, hots, burgers, barbecue (hot and not hot) are mounted on individual wagons spotted throughout the area. The ice cream set-up is on a two-horse sled.

Wide table-high flats have replaced conventional wagon beds. These mobile tables can be used by flea markets, for eating, and general use.

Each of the twenty wagons has its own overhanging roof, some of which are of the covered wagon species. Stainless steel is used wherever food is present.

About ten new rides will supplement the steam traction and steam train rides.

Our working equipment, etc. have more than doubled. About 181 operators, etc. are needed to keep them going.

We anticipate from 10 to 20 thousand attendance in 1972, for the simple reason following the show. People phoned and came for the '72 show dates. Our direct mailing list exceeds 6,000 and will be read by about 20,000.

Those exhibitors wearing our buttons and ribbons, and more especially, their home state ribbons on their shirts and hats, really woke up the merchants in Cheraw. The Chamber of Commerce and Merchants' Association is expressing appreciation next year with tours for the ladies. There will be many exciting going-ons all over the town during the '72 show days, including home tours, classic auto show, art displays, etc. Please wear your insignias, etc. when you sightsee and shop.

Harold Ary and a whole wad of Darke Co. Steam Threshmen and their wives brought loads of restored engines, a scale saw mill, a scale Case traction and plenty Hoosier fellowship. This Lambert Steiner by Harold seems to be fresh out of Uncle Charlie Ditmers 'Steam Engine Beauty Shop.'

Uncle Charlie is VP of Darke Co. He registered as Member but not as VP. This 'after sight' and 'dig out' of ours is producing a lot of Names to be included in future HONOR ROLL LISTS.

Both Harold and Mildred (Mrs. Ary) are listed as exhibitors but neither are in the HONOR ROLL LIST which is most embarrassing. Please help us with omissions, corrections etc. We want all Names.

Mildred is Secretary of Darke Co. and is familiar with the problems of 'Lists.' I hope she will allay for my omissions.

What say Mildred--you register 'Honored Show Officials' April 7-8-9, between your balancing acts on that traction engine teeter-totter being built here mainly for you? Photo by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla.

On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of Cheraw, Honorable Miller Ingram, Mayor of Cheraw, wrote a thank-you for coming and please come back letter to every registered exhibitor, worker and show official.

Certain areas, camper spaces,'things,' etc. will be named after exhibitors. For example:

'Sage City' is an area recognizing D. C. Sage, Bradford, Pa., who gave us an early day oil well pump that we activate with a water wheel.

'Spinks Spot' is the name of Dick Spinks permanent camper space. Dick is from Buffalo, and was head M. C. in 1971.

'Strayers Strut' is for Bill Strayer, Dillsboro, Pa. For some reason, unknown at present, 'something should be named 'Strayer Strut.' Bill was not an exhibitor in the true sense. So far as we know, he just strutted around, talked, and soaked up sunshine for a few days. A lot of curious Carolinians who had not heretofore heard of a steam-up, after talking to Bill, went home better enlightened (experts) on steam-ups and as a result of this enlightenment, every exhibitor, be they for steam, gas, flea or what not, all will be appreciated more. So instead of saying 'Come tend some,' to Bill, I say, 'Come strut some.'

Dick Spink, Buffalo (in shade) and Dayton Nichols, Stafford, N. Y. take time off from MC'ing while Mrs. Dennis Webb, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada takes turn on the mike.

Bus Longrod, Albion, N. Y. is editor of FLY WHEEL NEWS that lists forty seven Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association Members that were here last April.

Rumor has it that Dick will probably be next President of WNYGSEA. There is never a dull moment when the mike is gripped by Dick, Dayton or Marge Webb.

The 'yellow blooming' dogwood kinda framed by Dick and Dayton is one of our five 'yellows' that is in first bloom.

Paul Russell, Apex, N.Y. must have about one hundred engines to select from but it suits if he brings this little Nanzy, Hot Air Engine, and New Holland back April 7-8-9-72. Photos by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla.

Having received plans on how to make a 'self-powered rotating display turntable from Floyd W. Cook as shown on page 26 of Sept.-Oct. 1968 GEM, I managed to turn out a fair copy of this interesting idea by using a Fairbanks-Morse model Z, typed D2 Hp., a washing machine stand and caster wheels from a washing machine to turn on and a worm drive gear from a I. H. C. corn binder. It works real good, but had to use an engine with geared down pulley; otherwise it would take to flying in a circle.

Shown here is a 'double-header' belted to a pump jack. It seems that our water 'pulls' quite hard pumping so that it requires lots of power. The engine with the white lines on the flywheel is the I. H. C. L. B. 1? to 2? Hp. The other one is the John Deere VA Hp. Type E.

This is a Waterloo Boy, 2 Hp. It runs good. It was standing outside for ten years without running.

1? Hp. I. H. C. gas engine. It was at a show in Florida. The engineer is Robert Rugenstein. The engine came from Western Kansas.

A. C. Eshelman of Elliott, Iowa owns this C H & E engine. We do not know the horsepower or what C H & E stands for. It is a very heavy engine and runs quite smoothly. I believe Rich Parsons of Indianola, Iowa enjoyed 'playing' with this one at the 3rd annual 1971 S. W. Iowa Threshing Show.

Here is a picture of A. C. Eshelman's 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull. The shot was taken at the 3rd annual 1971 S. W. Iowa Antique Machinery and Threshing Show. This tractor appears cumbersome but in reality it is quite easy to handle.


The Exhibitor Honor Roll section of our Bulletin Board provides headings for Canada and fifty states. Exhibitors' names and addresses embossed on metal, are permanently mounted thereon. Help, everybody, let me know of omissions.

The Honor Roll is being published in two parts.

This Honor Roll begins in 1970 with D. C. Sage, our first exhibitor, and will be kept current. We define exhibitors as individuals who operate their own equipment or our equipment, workers and participants in a broad sense. All are considered our ambassadors, and they are leaders in their home state associations as well as this one. Most of them have pictures, slides or movies. Please contact them or write us. They will 'Tell it like it is.'

The best to all and, 'Come tend Some.'