7197 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410
This year was the greatest show they have ever had at the show grounds about 9 miles west of Springfield, Missouri and 3 miles east of Republic, Missouri on Highway U.S. 60. When you enter the show grounds, you are in another world. Steam Engines are being groomed for a show which will take you into the land of yesterday. Gas Engines are undergoing tune-ups and Tractors enjoying the same tender loving care. Earl Smith is hustling about making last minute tests and improvements and checks on the Public Address system so necessary at a show of this size and so large of area. Earl tells the Engineers what the next event is to be and tells the spectators where to migrate in order to have a good vantage point to see the event. Harry Kloppen-burg is grading gravel under the steam engine motel.
During this preparatory period, as Clovis Burrel so accurately describes it, 'We do a lot of talking', and we do!
The Show this year was especially tailored to be of interest to all ages, both sexes and all folks with wide divergence of interests.
There were in excess of 150 vintage gasoline engines displayed by The Early Day Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Assn., under the able direction of James Haynie (President) and Rich Phillips (Vice-President) of Branch #16. There were some real gems among these engines as well as some most interesting accessories.
The show could boast of having TWO genuine full size Hot Air Engines. There are always new innovations at this show every year.
President, Charles Stark, photo, is warming up his 20-40 Oil Pull in preparation for the parade.
Howard Miekley with his 'Farm Hand' Stacker on his John Deere tractor. Howard gave a professional account of himself with this practical rig. Howard also enjoyed lunch with us one day. Charles Stark and Jim McCauley almost had to coax him to get back to work.
Charles Stark lives at RFD 2, Republic, Mo. Howard lives in Billings, Mo.
A real added attraction this year was the VILLAGE BLACKSMITH. And did he ever put on a show! It took me some time to choose a time when it was not too crowded to get a picture. This man was a real showman with authenticity. His 'Place of business' was named, Gunners's Smithy of Mound City, Kansas.
There were such activities at threshing, baling (with a wire tie baler); lumber sawing through courtesy of the SPRINGFIELD MACHINERY CO., with the able help of other people on the grounds. A Shingle mill was pulled by Clovis Burrel's stationary Case steamer. Wood 'buzzing' was done by a group of volunteers using Charles Stark's saw pulled by the only Chase gasoline engine I have ever seen. A 'Baker' fan for loading steamers & tractors was kept busy.
A Peerless Steam Engine with wood-spoked driver wheels (in operation) was another first for a lot of people.
The show was punctuated with daily parades. Each piece in the parade was stopped in front of the bleachers long enough for Charles or his substitute to fully tell about it.
The pictures furnished as a part of this article will pick up where the write-up leaves off.
It is with a great deal of pride that the women sprouted out this year with a new Arts and Crafts building and some first class concrete picnic tables. Incidentally, the ladies raked, mowed and cleaned their area without a call or wail for help. They turned the area around their building and in the picnic grove from a patch of tall grass into a thing of clean and orderly beauty. - BY THEMSELVES!
Ollie and Mrs. Knepper were there with their booth selling magazines subscriptions and many reprints of booklets relating to steam and gas engines as well as old autos and also books with stories of the Past. They have a very large collection of watch fobs with engine motifs. Caps with engine emblems are also available there.
The writer, Bernie Hines displayed Hit and Miss gasoline miniature engines along with a Hot air Engine miniature. All were free lance models. Actually only one could be called a true model, that was a 1/2 scale one cylinder Maytag. The others were not modeled after any specific full size engines.
This picture is of a Domestic side-shaft gasoline engine geared directly to a double diaphragm slurry pump. This is the only assembly exactly like that I have ever been able to see even though I go to several shows. This machine is owned by Everett Sharp of 707 No. Park St., Springfield, Mo. This was built in 1926.
Gunner s Smithy of Mound City, Kansas was a real draw. It took a long time of patient waiting to get a picture. This attraction was truly one of the high interest points at the show. The sign in the right reads 'In God We Trust, All others Cash.' The Smithy made small horse shoes as momentos of the show.
Earl Rains of 209 N. Olive St., Eldon Missouri with two of his fine hit and miss gas engines. One on the left is pumping water.
Models of the table top variety were an interesting feature of The Ozark Reunion.
Paul J. Prosser proudly displaying his vertical free lance steam engine. This was a superb piece of workmanship. Paul lives at Phillipsburg, Missouri 65722.
This well restored Duro engine was exhibited at The Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival at Mathews, Ind. 1975. It is owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. Zane Prifogle of R.R. #6 Connersville, Ind. 47331. It is approximately 1/2 H.P. This was only one of several fine engines on exhibit by The Prifogles.
Clyde Johnson of R.R.#2, Valparaiso, Ind. 46383 stands proudly beside his 3 H.P. vertical International Famous tank cooled engine at The Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival at Mathews, Indiana in 1975. This engine is unique in that it is all original. Clyde believes this engine is about 1910 vintage. There was a good go at this show, Lots to do and lots to see. We're glad we went.
If your subscription is out or close, you can place a new or renewal right there on the grounds. Many people receive their first introduction to these types of magazines through the efforts of 'THE KNEPPERS'.
As the pictures will attest, there were a variety of models from 1/2 scale down to the table top size. I was happy to see the husband and wife teams working together. Some of the photos will show this.
Mrs. Sevart was offering a variety of muffler castings for the gas engine people as well as other items oriented to the desires of the clientele who frequent these wonderful shows.
Howard Miekley of Billings, Missouri had his 'Farm-Hand' stacker mounted on his John Deere. His help with this machine was of incalculable value to handle a variety of lifting tasks.
A note of sadness was felt for the passing of John Bary of Ash Grove, Missouri. John was the President of Branch 16 of The Early Day Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Assn. John was a man whom everyone instinctively liked. His presence will be missed.
Jim McCauley was busy as a one arm paper hanger doing anything that needed doing. It was good to see Frank Stark on the grounds from time to time.
In closing, it is incumbent upon me to tell you that we had Spectators and Exhibitors from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and of course from Missouri, up Kansas city and Laddonia way. I could be wrong but I believe Texas was the farthest state represented.
There were more Models this year. There were several each of Gas engine models, steam engine models and two hot air engine models.
Team-work was quite common at this show. On left above are John and Otillie Wiebe of 319 Highland St., Newton, Kansas with a shallow well picher pump driven by a Fairbanks Model Z gasoline engine. The interesting aspect of this set-up was the use of a Scotch Yoke as a means of converting the rotary motion to the reciprocating motion required to make up and down pump operation.
Margaret and Bud Renner [affectionately known as 'Uncle Bud'] working as a team to fire Raymond Snider's Advance steamer. Margaret and Bud live at Oakland Star Route, Lebanon, Missouri.
A modest Flea Market was set up and selling, for the most part, types of items most likely to interest the people present.
When I go to this show, it is like going home. God willing, I'll be there again next year. These folks care that you enjoy yourselves at their show. The people reciprocate by returning and bringing their friends. Let's see you next year!
This engine is a Model V Ideal and is owned by Tim Holtzleiter who lives at 11815E-850S Hartford City, Indiana 47348. This is all the information Tim has on the engine. He would welcome any information on other specs and would also like to know what it was likely used for. Brother Bill is keeping careful watch on the engine at The Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival at Mathews Ind. in 1975.
A Rider Ericsson - engine actually pumping water. This engine is the proud property of Virginia and Jack Folta [a real team of exhibitors]. The Foltas live in Laddonia Missouri. This is only one of the several collectors engines they own.
The show could point with pride to two full size genuine working Hot Air pumping engines both in real good show condition.
A real good specimen of a Lansing Mfg. Co. Economy Hot air Pumping Engine. Beside this engine is Edwin LaSanskp. P. O. Box #517 Kimberling, Missouri 65686.
Jack & Virginia's engine uses solid fuels, Edwin's engine is gas fired.
Douglas Etzkorn of R.R. #6 Wapekoneta, Ohio 45895 displayed the beautiful Vim gas Engine [never heard of one before] at the 1975 Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival at Mathews Indiana. This engine is 1/2 H.P. It was built in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Ray Zuber 445 No. Main St. Spencerville, Ohio 45887 Exhibited this load of well restored engines at The Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival at Mathews Indiana in 1975. He is resting his arm on a Scott & Ewing 1 H.P. Tank Cooled Vertical Engine. It develops H.P. at 450 R.P.M.
A photo of a Cushman Model C, 4 HP engine, restored and owned by me. The picture was taken at the Franklinville, New York 1975 Maple Syrup Festival.
Four years ago, I bought a 10 HP Sandwich engine from Joe Durant near Amherst, Wisconsin. It was sunk in the sand and rusted for forty years. After soaking it all winter and the next summer, I got it loose and I had to make a governor for it. I was lucky to find an igniter and magneto in a tavern across the street from me.
I made a gas tank and connected the fuel pump. The carburetor was a mess and which still has some parts missing, but I got it running and painted it up and showed it in the Wisconsin Steam Antique Engine Show at Chilton, Wisconsin.
I would like to know more about this engine. There is no nameplate on it. It has a 7-1/2' bore and 11' stroke and a throttling governor.
I wonder if some reader can come up with some information.
This is my 25-50 Baker, S. N. 30245, 5-1/2' bore by 7' stroke, 24' wide rear steel. This is a very big tractor, with the radiator cap being about 6-1/2 feet off the ground. I purchased this tractor in Michigan in 1974, completely restored. Showed it at the Sycamore and Pinckneyville, Illinois shows before I finally got it home. Checked serial numbers with my other 25-50 Baker purchased in Ohio. They were close - 30243 and 30245. There must have been one tractor between them on the assembly line.
At bottom is my gas engine display at Rock River Thresheree, Janes-ville, Wisconsin in September 1974.
Two pictures the readers may enjoy seeing of an unrestored yard roller powered by a small fractional horsepower air-cooled engine and it is still in use here in Northern Vermont. Note that the wooden box contains batteries and coil. The engine has no name plate or identification numbers. The two boys in the picture are my unrestored sons, Albert John and Mark Jeremy.
Approximately 131U Vintage Mfg. at Eldon, Iowa. Only a few were made. Supposed to have had Geyser boiler and a vertical engine in front of boiler. Was built for road building and stump pulling. It had a winch driver mounted on center and an automatic level winch attachment on drum. Owned by Joe Wenger of Sabetha, Kansas. Anyone evr see one of these or know anything about it?
This picture is part of the tractor line-up just before the parade at Trugerts Steam Show, August 10, southeast of Exeter, Nebraska.