JUST A FLORIDA FLYWHEELER

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Rt. 2, Box 309, Wauchula, Florida 33873

The photo shown here is of the Advance Rumely School for the
owners and dealers, which taught the operating and maintaining of
their tractors. Complete instructions were given for several days,
and then a banquet was enjoyed. Owners and dealers came from
eastern United States. Other schools were held in various parts of
the United States and Canada.

Identifying those whom I know as we face the picture, a little
to the right from the center, in the third row back, is a man with
no capbeside him to the right is Leo Harkness from Randolph, New
York; next to him on the right is my father, Elwyn Nickerson, then
from East Randolph, New York. Next to him is my Uncle John Frenty,
New Albion, New York. On the left side of the picture, second row
back on the left side of the electric pole, is Jack Helena,
blockman for the company, from Rochester, New York. To his left is
my Uncle Charlie Nickerson, agent for the company during the 1920s,
from Jamestown, New York. All of these men are gone. It will be
interesting if others can identify anyone in this picture.

This was the menu for the LaPorte, Indiana Banquet, held after
the days of instruction, on February 22, 1924:

MENU

Fruit Cocktain
(a la Oil Pull)

Assorted Olives
(Oil Cooled)

Radishes
(Supply your own Lifting-Fingers)

Celery
(Water Sprayed)

Choices:
Prime Roast of Beef with Brown Gravy
(Heat Treated)

Halibut Steak
(No Center Members)

Mashed Potatoes
(Ample Belt Clearance)

Candied Sweet Potatoes
(Ideal)

Cabbage and Pimento Salad with French Dressing
(Easily Adjusted)

Parker House Rolls
(Via Hyatt Bearings)

Neapolitan Ice Cream
(Never Overheats)

Assorted Wafers (No choke)

Mints
(Special Equipment)

Coffee
(Complete Ground Job)

Cigars
(With Impulse Starter)

In the November/December 1968 issue of GEM, I wrote an article,
‘My Own Oil Pull Not for Sale.’ I had a gratifying response
to my effort. Mention was made of a forthcoming antique show to be
held, probably at Zolfo Springs, Florida. The first show was held
in March 1969. A friend, Tony Ulrich, and I showed our engines and
Oil Pull tractor and about 50 people attended.

I am pleased to say that this show has grown rapidly to an
estimated 75,000-100,000 people in 1980. We have exhibitors from
all states and Canada, a huge flea market, antique cars and trucks,
farm equipment and good entertainment. This show, known as Pioneer
Days, is sponsored by the First National Bank of Wauchula, and is
held each year on the first weekend in March. Y’all come!!!

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