The December 1966 Meeting of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association

Dorothy Smith covers the latest news from the December 1966 Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. meeting.

1918 Titan tractor

Tractor photo courtesy of Leslie J. Caves, Lyons, N. Y.

PHOTO: LESLIE J. CAVES

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Dorothy Smith shares notes from the December 1966 Pioneer Gas Engine Association meeting. 

The December meeting of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc., was held at the Mendon Pioneer Museum, Honeoye Falls, N. Y., on Sunday, December 5th. There were about 90 people present, including members, their wives and children. It was a Christmas party and the room was decorated accordingly. Each member brought a gift wrapped children's toy, which was later donated to the Newark State School, Newark, N. Y., a school for the mentally handicapped. We hope this will become an annual custom.

We did not have a business meeting. The people had a great time visiting and exchanging stories. Later on we all enjoyed a pot luck supper. Music for round and square dancing was furnished by our Vice-President, Harry Schoff, and two of his friends. A good time was had by all.

The next meeting date is February 6th, at 2:00 at Honeoye Falls. Movies and slides will be shown. It should be very interesting. Anyone interested in the restoration and preservation of old gasoline engines, tractors, and allied equipment is invited to come.

At the present time we have 177 members signed up for 1966, as compared with 108 for the same time last year. Dues $2.00 per year. For further information contact the President. Donald Lutevn. Sr., Palmyra, N. Y., or the Secretary, Mrs. Dorothy Smith, Ontario, N. Y.

Well, I received 'The Baby' and it is a fine magazine. Keep up the good work. I am sending a snapshot of my 1918 Titan tractor, that I have restored and painted. My brother and I each have one of these tractors, his is a 1916 with a very low serial number. We bought them in very sad condition as they had been sitting in a field for many years. Every part on them was set up, after much penetrating oil and work we have them running. We still have a lot of work to do on the front end of my brother's, as the wheels fell apart when we hooked on them to pull them out to the truck.

I guess I was always an engine nut even as a young lad on Dad's farm. In 1926 or 27 I found an old Gray horizontal 2 H. P. gas engine in a neighbor's barn. It was set up and very rusty but I thought I could get it running. I asked him how much he wanted for it and he told me $5.00. The only way I had to earn money in those days was trapping. To make a long story short I earned the money, bought the engine, and got it running. Dad used it for a pump at the spring to fill the sprayrig. I thing it was finally scrapped, much to my sorrow, as we collect them now. We have 17 engines between us.