September 12, 13, 14, 15, 1974

1919 Aultman Taylor 30-60

Col. N.D. Stuckey

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7197 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

This show opened with a pledge of allegiance to our flag as it was being raised.

Although we sometimes attend several shows in a season this was the first time we arrived on 'set up day' and we found this day to be almost as interesting as the other days of this show near Springfield, Missouri.

Much effort goes into administering a successful reunion. The president, Mr. Charley Stark and all others were busy assisting new arrivals get situated and unloaded. Charley, I'm sure was tired physically and mentally when night came; but he always made the final rounds to see that all was well with everyone.

In our case, my wife, Wanda, had driven our camper almost 700 miles which attests to the fact that she also expected a good time and was not disappointed.

Wanda and I were busy showing our own model 'hit and miss' gas engines and taking the pictures which are included as part of this article.

This WK-40 at the 1974 Ozark Reunion was restored and is owned by Wayne Elmore. Wayne is specializing in the International line.

Courtesy B.A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

Shown above is engine #4 one of 6 Plunket Jr. engines now known to be in existence. I feel certain this was the 'engine of the show' if I were to be giving prizes. It is owned by congenial and knowledgeable Dave Letsch of Nixa, Mo.

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

This show is rich in steam traction equipment, steam engine models, vintage tractors and over 130 gas engines. This gas engine line-up consisted of many finely restored, operating engines with few duplications.

John Bary, President of Branch #16 of the E.D.G.E. &. A.T. Association suffered a heart attack, so on the 1st 3 days of the show, Rick Phillips was busy as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, doing John's job assisting his engine buddies in any way he could.

The outstanding attraction in this engine department (to me) was a Plunket Junior pictured with this article. Francis and Ronnie Sevart made many people very envious of their real fine Fairbanks-Morse Upright gas engine. The Sevarts work at these shows, sawing wood with their Witte drag-saw and keeping their engines in constant operation.

It was pleasant to talk with Frank Stark who owns several pieces of equipment at this show.

In the 'Steam Traction' department it would be impossible to pick a 'best' engine. We were pleased with them all.

In the tractor group, Jim McCau-ley had a family of John Deeres and Wayne Elmore had his Internationals. Many other old tractors were in action also.

As usual Myrl Hix showed a superbly restored model. This time it was a Stillman-Allen mill steam engine, belt-driving a dynamo and lighting several lights from the dynamo. Myrl has an extensive steam model collection at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bowen of Meriden, Kans., ground whole wheat flour on a mill of his own design, one which really intrigued me. They even included a small air compressor for clean up of equipment.

Harold Blackburn is, and should be, proud of this 2 HP Rock Island. Harold is from Springfield, Mo. and has an understanding helper [his former wife Zelta] whose motto,. she said, was 'If you can't beat them, join them'. This 'join' she does as she can crank and operate an engine like a veteran at the 1974 Ozark Reunion.

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

The threshing, baling, Baker fan, lumber sawing and shingle making, all kept a good crowd of spectators. Something was in motion every minute it seemed.

I had intended to have George Sharp, the sawyer on the lumber sawmill show me how to turn a roll of belt wrong or right side out without unrolling it, but I became too engrossed elsewhere.

Mr. James Haynie, of Ash Grove, Mo. brought this Edison Cylinder Phonograph. Like all of us, I suppose, we had heard several Edison Cylinder Phonographs playing; but never has a group been treated to music so well reproduced as so well chosen to include the old standards of that day, such as 'The Baggage Coach Ahead, Uncle Josh' and many others quite well known to most of us. His music was played over the P.A. system and was 'mighty purty'.

Gary Bowen of Meriden Kansas operated this flour mill at the 1974 Ozark Runion. This mill is his design and his own craft work of construction. It is complete right down to an air compressor for 'end of the day' cleanup, Truly a masterpiece.

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrilluille, Indiana 46410

Above is James Haynie of Ash Grove, Mo. I've seen and heard many Edison Phonographs of this general cylinder type but never one with this high gaulity of music reproduction. His choice of songs was excellent for the 1974 Ozark Reunion. [Besides, he let us tape the music as long as we wanted him to keep the machine operation.]

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

The tractor pull drew a huge crowd and when it was all over the Keck-Gonnerman 19 H.P. Steamer, owned by Wayne Elmore hooked on and moved the load some more. This was talked about quite some time the next day.

Having attended two previous Ozark reunions 1971, 1972, then finally 1974, we can say the people didn't change any; they are the friendliest, most accommodating you will ever meet. There were just more of them this year. This show is growing each year and the reasons are not secret to those who at tend. Be one of those spectators or exhibitors next year and you will soon see why it is growing so rapidly.

Included in the inducements for your attendance are the following. Ample parking, camping area, new bleachers, toilet facilities and just wonderful grounds.

There were more than 130 gasoline engines, by actual count made by Mike McMichael of Marionville, Mo. at the 1974 Ozark Reunion. Shown above are Ronald [left] and Francis Sevart [right] beside the well restored Fairbanks Morse 4 HP Vertical Water cooled engine. Francis complimented the writer on being the first photographer to get a picture of him that was not a posterior view.

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

This excellent 20-40 Rumely Oil Pull at the 1974 Ozark Reunion is the proud possession of Frank Stark of Billings, Mo. In left of picture you can see the communications crows nest so important at this show. It was designed and built by Earl Smith.

Courtesy of B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrilluille, Ind. 46410

For 'after show hours' there is 'Battlefield Mall' a short distance from the grounds to tempt the ladies, just as my wife was tempted.

Ice, groceries, and all other necessities are only a short jaunt away.

Motels nearby offer reasonable rates for nice facilities. Good dinner restaurants abound nearby.

There is no excuse not to find the grounds. The show area is right on U.S. Highway 60 between Spring field Mo. and Republic Mo.

You can buy all sorts of items at this show. For example there are primer cocks, steam valves, lubricators, whistles, engine parts etc. There is usually a place set up selling something of interest to most everyone.

The Kneppers from Belleville, Illinois are there selling subscriptions to the magazines which go with interests of those who attend these shows. They also have re prints of instruction booklets, advertising literature and many books dealing with the lore and love of all types of farm equipment of the past including steam and gas equipment, threshers and automobiles.

If you are not sure where this show is after you see their ad in the magazines you can just follow the Kneppers or us next year. WE WILL BE THERE, GOD WILLING.

Above is the John Deere family of tractors owned by Jim McCauley of Nixa Mo.

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St. Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

Left to right identification: 1920 Waterloo Boy, 1931 Wide Tread GP, 1927 Model D, 1928 Standard GP.

The writer, Bernard A. Hines displayed [6] 'hit and miss' gas engines at the 1974 Ozark Reunion. One of the engines is belted to the pump jack. These are part of a collection of 18 gasoline models he owns. The spectator on right side of picture is unidentified.

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Myrl Hix of 'Hix Models' Pittsburg, Kansas stands behind his finely restored model

Courtesy B. A. Hines, 7197 Miss. St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Stillman-Allen mill engine at the 1974 Ozark Reunion. Myrl has many expertly restored and maintained steamer models on display at his homeshop.

Col. N.D. Stuckey oiling up the 1919 Aultman Taylor 30-60 before the parade at Portland, Indiana - August 1974.

Courtesy of Col. N.D. Stuckey 4777 Valley, Dayton, Ohio 45424