Hickory, Pennsylvania 15340.
The Fifteenth Annual Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Show was held at the Hooks town Grange Fair Grounds, Hooks town, Pa. Fifteen years ago, three men, owners of steam engines brought their engines to this site to display them as a special feature of the fair. This was done at their own expense. These three men were responsible for the start of the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association. They were Paul F. Crow, of Charleroi, Pa., C. R. Fullerton, of Burgettstown, Pa., and M. Dean Fuller-ton, also of Burgettstown, Pa. After this, Mr. Dean Fullerton invited a few other engine owners to his farm where they put on a small display of their engines. Threshing and baling were the attractions for this first show. Fourteen exhibitions were held at the Dean Fullerton farm. Due to illness it was necessary to find a new location for their annual exhibition. The Association inquired of the Hooks town Grange if they could hold their annual show on their grounds. The Fair Board was agreeable and an arrangement was made. The show was held Friday and Saturday, September the twenty-first and twenty-second of this past year.
Fifteen traction steam engines were on hand performing the chores for which they were originally intended. Two threshers were in use, both hand-fed, one automatic-fed baler and one hand-fed baler. A horse powered baler was also in use, powered by a beautiful team of horses, owned by Everett Hartley, from North Lima, Ohio. This team of Belgians were full sisters, one weighing 2,110 pounds, and the other 2,180 pounds--a lot of horse flesh.
Tom Hatcher and sons of New Concord, Ohio, were there with their handmade scale model steam engines, one a ? inch scale model Case engine and the other a ? inch scale model Case engine. Jim Cotter of Alliquippa, Pa., had his small steam engines in operation.
Clark Colby of Taylors town, Pa., had his big gas pumping engine running. This engine was originally used in the oil fields. There were engines (gas) of all sizes and shapes brought to our show by their proud owners. Untold hours had been spent in restoring them to their original condition. There were over eighty gas engines. Early gas tractors and oil pulls were also on hand.
Stone ground cornmeal and wheat flour was ground by the C. R. Fullerton family. Four generations of Fuller tons were on hand to help with the grinding, C. R. Fullerton being 80 years old and his youngest great grand child only a few months old. There was a great demand for both the cornmeal and the wheat flour. Mr. Fullerton's daughter, Mrs. William Henderson, and her family pressed cider and it was sold to the thirsty crowd.
Two shingle mills were in operation and the spectators were given a souvenir wood shingle.
As a special event for Friday and Saturday afternoons a wood chopping demonstration was put on by the Cougar brothers of Webster Springs, West Virginia. This was their second appearance at our show, and in western Pennsylvania.
The ladies of the organization were on hand with their homemade baked goods and other bazar items. They also sold subscriptions to the Iron-Men Album and the Gas Engine magazines.
On Friday evening a pony pull was held and Saturday evening the activities concluded with a garden tractor pull.
Even though this is basically a steam show, we felt the readers of Gas Engine would be interested in a report, for no doubt some of its readers attended the show and maybe had a gas tractor or engine there.
When I arrived at the Stoltz vegetable and fruit farm, the only visible crop was the orchard. Spark Plug John Stoltz was pruning apple trees with gas-powered chain saw--useful but not a prize antique.