1971 Pioneer Gas Engine Association Reunion Hi-Lights

Lawson tractor

Courtesy of Ron Magnuson, Good Hope, Illinois 61438.

Ron Magnuson

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204 Ball Road, Marion, New York 14505.

The weather, as usual, played a large role in this year's show. Rain had plagued the area for several weeks and threatened the show's weekend too. As it turned out, however, the only rain occurred late Saturday when the humidity became very uncomfortable thus relieving to some degree the heat.

Every year our show grows and this year was no exception. The thing that surprised me was that most of the equipment seen this year was not here last year. Where all this iron comes from amazes me. There seems to be no limit to variety.

We had 259 running gas engines, 33 pieces of allied equipment and 32 tractors. The models register in at 90, although, there were more that were not registered. There were 10 antique cars and trucks, 2 diesel engines and a hot air engine. We even had 5 steamers infiltrate our ranks this year.

Financially we are still alive and well, although, our outside visitors on the grounds were disappointing, perhaps due to the threat of the weather. There were other disappointments too. The wheat was too soft and couldn't be cut without loss so no threshing was done this year. There was however, enough activity to keep us busy.

Our auction on Saturday was a big success as usual. Jim Ross and his Country All Stars played Saturday night for the square dance in the pavilion until the wee hours. The queen, Mrs. Shearns, was crowned on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Shearns is the mother of one of our members, David Shearns. David had his big 30-60 Oilpull at the show. Our queens are chosen from the women who lived through the Golden Era of farming when thresher's dinners were the feat of the day and when women really needed liberation.

As you came through the main entrance, on the left was the impressive line-up of tractors including an 8-16 Avery, a cross-mounted Minneapolis, several Oilpulls of varying sizes. Farm-alls, Hart-Parrs, John Deeres. A tractor that stood out was a 1928, 16-30 Eagle owned by Jack Arthur of St. Agatha, Ontario, Canada. This tractor was in a fire and was badly burned and had to be completely rebuilt. It's hard to imagine the patience it must have taken to scout two countries for parts and put it back in working order and make it look like the original. A very impressive piece. This tractor by the way is touring much of this section of the United States this summer going to several shows before going back to Milton, Ontario, Canada.

The picture is for all the fellows that helped me load the engine in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in September 1969 and didn't think it could be done. It took five months of slow work to get the piston out. It came back to life May 28, 1970. It is an 8 hp Witte.

Picture is of my collection of spark plugs--over 200 different plugs and over 100 different brand names.

A 1920 Fordson owned by Nelson Remel of R. D. 3, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. (Notice rear steel wheels are covered with tractor tires--the side walls were cut away.) This snap taken at one of our local farmers' fairs at Plainfield Township.

Snapshot taken at one of our local farmers' fairs at Plainfield Township is of a 3 HP. Olds engine owned by Paul Brodt o ft. D. 3, Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Continuing down the road, lines of engines spread out on all sides. Matt Engles from East Palmyra, New York had his display of Apple Peelers and Cherry Fitters together with a drag saw.

Parked also in this area, was one of the first Minneapolis Molines ever built, owned by Charles Coryn. This tractor has a front wheel drive. A 1919 Hvid diesel thermoil engine was here. The entire unit was mounted on a set up of trucks with a buzz saw. This engine was owned by John Corso of Ontario, New York. He said the outfit was bought by the original owner in 1916 for $198.00 from the Sears & Roebuck store.

Another unusual engine set up was a 2 HP upright Fairbanks-Morse owned by Kenneth Swartz of Appleton, New York used for pumping water to a cistern in a top floor of a house. The gas tank was designed to hold just enough gas to fill the cistern then it would stop.

Near here, was a display by Albert Heald of Sodus, New York which included in his display a 1? HP Cushman. Albert displayed a full glass of water on top of the block of his engine demonstrating the smoothness and quietness of this engine.

Bob Clise from Geneva, New York has a 5 HP Olin engine which he had nicely displayed. George Pettys also from Geneva, New York had a very large flea market this year with everything imaginable for sale. A 1915, 6 HP livid of Joe Meelos and a 1916, 7 HP Lister owned by Clarence Gage sat near here.

The Rolfe boys of the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association must have a factory connection for some of their engines. Todd Rolfe had a 1915 2 HP Bear Cub. Ron Rolfe had a 1912, ? ton Case truck and a 1894, 8 HP Otto engine. Nice going Fellows, let us in on your secret locations.

Don Luteyn and son, Don, had a 10 HP International engine running among other small engines. Charley Coryn had a 1909, 11 HP Foos and a 1920, 6 HP International Harvester horizontal engine owned by his son, George Coryn, alongside.

Richard Smullen had a Sullivan air compressor run by a Buda engine mounted on a truck chassis that ran very well. Stanley Rurnsey of Ithaca, New York and get this, had a 1905, 2 HP Rurnsey.

The Fry boys of Sodus, New York have quite a collection of engines and this year they had a model 'T' Ford that was converted by kits sold in their time, 1933, to a tractor. A friend of mine said he remembers the tractor being used on the muck. Larry Frey also had a 1917 Fuller & Johnson and an 8 HP Associated on a burr mill that they used to grind corn.

Herman Pieper stands by side of his Allis-Chalmers tractor built in 1927. It is a 20-35 HP Model E. David Pieper, his grand nephew, and the operator, is in the driver's seat at the Scott-Carver Show 1971.

On the grounds also were many campers, flea markets and numerous exhibits. Our model tent was filled with several unusual displays. We also had steam engines around the pond and a large Frick traction steam engine made a few tours.

The kids had fun riding our wagon and some of the old trucks. The women were busy on the gate and in the Headquarters tent. We are very fortunate in having women who will pitch in so diligently.

The Ladies Auxiliary held a smorgasbord meal on Saturday and Sunday noon. This was served in the Firemen's new pavilion. None lacked for food or variety. The grounds are vastly improved over last year and will probably be improved for future reunions. We have a close relationship with the firemen of Fairville and a good job done as far as the grounds and all the work they did in getting ready for our reunion.

That's about it as far as my memory serves me. A lot of work went into the making of the grounds and the show and those that helped deserve the very best.