1978 Pioneer-Gas Engine Show


| January/February 1979


 Fairville, New York

For six weeks we have had hot, dry weather. The week of the show it decided to be rainy and chilly. It rained every day of the week of the show. It kept some of the public away but didn't deter our exhibitors. Our exhibits were more and better than in years.

We had about 50 tractors with a wide range represented. There were dozens of oil pulls, many John Deeres, Allis Chalmers, McCormick Deerings, Cases, Massey Harris', Holt, Fordson, etc...

There were scores of new engines, many I suspect have been just restored this season. There was a Lauson traction engine, about 5 HP; a Niagara, Fuller and Cooper, Friend, among many others. We had many antique cars and trucks with the biggest, a Mack chain drive tractor. We had two shingle mills, one by Ross Pino and the other Wes Hammond's alternating making shingles. There was also Frank Johnson's Ireland drag saw cutting unusual slabs from a hollow log. There were numerous other saws on the grounds, too.

We threshed Saturday and Sunday in spite of intermitant showers. We baled right after to keep the straw dry. We have a Case wire tire portable baler. Our expert baler men weren't there when we began so we had some wierd bales. 3', 4' 6' and 7' bales were not uncommon. By the end of the demonstration we were doing much better.

Dave Shearns and Jack Schilbe had their Rumleys on the stone crusher. During the weekend they went through quite a pile of stone.






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