Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Show

| June/July 1992

Ripley Rumsey

Dale Nickerson's 'Ripley Rumsey', ca. 1905.

934 Shadyside Road Jamestown, New York 14701

The 17th annual Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Show was held August 17 and 18, 1991 at Dart Airport, Hartfield, New York, home of the show since 1987. The show included well over 100 gas engines, from half horsepower washing machine engines to 16 horsepower oil field toilers. There were over two dozen tractors, ranging from the 1918 Titan owned by Clint Meeder to Al Decamp's 1963 Allis-Chalmers.

The theme of the show this year was: 'Proudly Made in New York State'. Owners such as Bruce Swanson and Dale Nickerson were particularly proud of two extremely rare engines made in nearby Ripley, New York: a simple, small A. Huntington from the second decade of this century, and an elegant industrial Rumsey made a few years earlier on the same site. The Rumsey employs an unusual, perhaps unique Geneva escapement. in the ignitor linkage.

The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Model Engine Club, sister organization to the sponsoring Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association, contributed most of the 30 or more models, toys, and curiosities both in a special tent and scattered among the rows of full sized equipment.  

Although it is not a New York made item, the Association pictured a 1907 International Auto Buggy on its advertising button and featured it in its advertising. This horseless carriage has been a favorite at the show since 1982 and is well known in western New York. It has even appeared in a major Hollywood film. Fifteen or twenty, other antique cars also were on the grounds.

The show included a special section for large wood industry equipment. This proved very popular. The equipment was demonstrating almost continuously. There was a portable and stationary drag saw display by Ernest Miller and Richard Wise respectively. Emery Masiker peeled off great lengths of cherry veneer with his early 1930s St. Joseph veneer mill, while his wife Sandy made veneer baskets. Jerry Jahreis made hemlock shingles with his 1898 Lyons shingle mill. Spectators could then take these to Mitch Fitzgibbon's blacksmith booth and have them branded as a free show souvenir.