Don Kirkpatrick with his 1905 1 HP Domestic.
R.D. 1, Box 116, Wassaic, NY 12592
Photos by Sharon Keller house
Who do you think of when Domestic engines are mentioned? Don L. Kirkpatrick, who lives at 447A Spring ton Rd. in Glenmoore, PA 19343 is the person who came to mind as the show committee for the Century Museum Village and Collectors Association made plans for a Domestic feature at their 1989 Antique Machinery and Crafts Festival. Don had kindly provided much helpful information to several Association members; a phone call to him confirmed that he would indeed be willing to come to the Festival to share his records and expertise.
And exhibitors responded in kind; the Festival was held on May 20-21 near Stanfordville, New York and it attracted over 1,000 spectators and nearly 200 exhibitors, representing eight states and eighteen clubs. On hand were a multitude of tractors and engines, including about thirty Domestics, ranging from small 'stovepipe' models to three 15 HP behemoths.
During the festival, Don logged more than twenty new entries into his registry of existing engines and provided owners with shipping dates and destinations along with a wealth of other information. On Saturday evening, he chronicled the company's history with a slide presentation.
To accommodate our rapidly growing show, we are relocating in 1990 to the well-known Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, New York. The fairgrounds offer acres of prime exhibition area and easy access from major highways, including the New York State Thruway.
The 1990 festival will be held May 19-20 and will feature International Harvester and McCormick Deering products, although all makes of equipment are welcomed. The focal point of the feature will be an exhibit in the style of an old time dealership display such as might have been seen at the fairgrounds many years ago. Lee W. Pedersen is coordinating that exhibit and he is still looking for a few more pieces to be included. Contact Lee (by mail only) at 78 Taft Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563 for details. Inquiries about the festival in general should be directed to our secretary, Mr. Asa Beckwith, R.D. 3, Box 178, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569, (914)635-3217.