Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association

By Staff

Vice President 3848 South Farm Road 93 Republic, Missouri

The 1995 National Show is now history and it was an outstanding
one. President Dan Leischner and all members of Branch 15 have
worked very hard the past several years as they prepared for the
National and their hard work paid off.

As Branch 27 shared in their newsletter, this show was a
textbook model of what a show can and should be. It was a result of
excellent planning, leadership, cooperation and hours of work by
many club members and their families. Thanks again Branch 15 for a

At the National meeting, we had 36 branches represented out of a
possible 67. Several members of Branch 15 have volunteered their
services to write a regular newsletter for all National news. This
would be a quarterly type newsletter.

Reelected for 1996 National Officers were: Jack Versteeg,
president; Charley Stark, vice-president; Menno Kliewer,
secretary/treasurer; Jerry Wy-more, Director East Region; and Gus
Peterson, Director West Region.

Also at this year’s National, we were privileged to present
the first five inductees into National Gas and Steam Association
Hall of Fame. this year are as follows: Oscar Cooke, Billings
Montana, late Founder Oscar’s Dreamland; Tom Graves, Forest
Grove, Oregon, former president EDGE&TA; Donald G. Knowles,
Joliet, Illinois, editor Engineers Engines Magazine; Bill May, San
Diego, California, pioneer worker several EDGE&TA branches on
West Coast; Charles H. Wendel, Amana, Iowa, Reflections column in
Engine Magazine author over 12 books our hobby.

It was learned later on that Oscar Cooke had passed away just a
few hours before the National Meeting.

The meeting adjourned and was followed with an ice cream social
hosted by Branch 15.

The next few days were spent sight-seeing around the Portland
area with my wife Betty, and Harry and Mildred Kloppenburg who made
the trip with us. We saw some beautiful country and have the
pictures to prove it.

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