Courtesy of Gary Gesink, 715 South Main Avenue, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250.
Forest Grove Trailer Park Ontario, N. Y. 14519
Well, our Gas Engine Reunion has come and gone for another year. For the first clay or two, you are glad it didn't last another day, but after you are Tested up and have time to think hack you are sorry to have had it end. We saw friends that we hadn't seen since last year, and become acquainted with new ones. We were especially glad to have Rev. and Mrs. Ritzman attend our show on Friday, and were very sorry that they couldn't stay longer.
I sincerely believe that the nicest people in the world belong to these clubs. We all know that some folks look down their noses at us and call us 'nuts' and say we are foolish to put money and time into buying and restoring these old engines and machinery. Of course this would be true if your family were going hungry or doing without the necessities of life. In this modern world of fast living everyone needs a safety valve, and what better way than a good hobby.
Along this same line, we often hear some of our friends who are retired say that they have nothing to do-that time passes so slowly. If one develops a hobby or an interest early in life there is no problem later on. Most women do not have this problem. There is always housework, needlework, leading and other interests to keep them occupied. There is nothing more pitiful than to see a man who has retired I mm recent job. die of boredom because he has nothing to do. I don't think that our men with their 'junk' will have that problem. Do you?
At our house T will be busy for a while getting caught up on memberships and other business from the Reunion. Really enjoyed meeting all of you who introduced yourselves to me. I hope you will all come again next year. Paul made himself a cart for his garden tractor and had a ball riding around meeting people, when he wasn't busy with his models and playing with the big stuff. We are in hopes of having some pictures to share with you in future issues of GEM. In a few days we will be taking a short vacation.
There are other reunions to attend. Maybe we will be seeing you there! Until then 'The heaviest thing to carry is a chip on your shoulder.'
E. B. Osborne Binder, 40 acres oats that ran 60 bushel per acre with overweight 90 bushel on 72 bushel wagon.
A real kerosene burner - 1920 Hart Parr. Picture was taken in 1928 after plowing was finished.