Kansas Show Report

| May/June 1976

  • Irvin's collection of gas engines.
    Three generations of engine enthusiasts, Irvin Knapp, his son-in-law Cliff Lafranz and grandson, Duane, with Irvin's collection of gas engines. Courtesy of Irvin Kanpp and Jane Macaulay, Larence, Kansas.
    Irvin Kanpp

  • Irvin's collection of gas engines.

1406 New Jersey, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. And by Jane Macaulay, Journalism student, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

The Heart of America Steam Engine and Model Association Inc. held its 18th annual reunion at McClouth, Kan., August 1, 2, and 3, 1975. Its popularity continues to increase. Attendance was up to 20,000.

McClouth is in eastern Kansas in rolling agricultural countryside. A creek flows by the site, its banks lined with cottonwoods. The trees were put to good use in the saw-milling demonstrations that went on throughout the three days.

Seven large steam engines were on display, the oldest a 1917 Rumely owned by Harold Royer. George Matthews is busy repairing a 1905 Case engine that should be working in time for next year's show.

A Baker fan tested the power of these engines. Antique separators were put to work twice daily on the field of swheat planted alongside. There were six of these, two of them wooden and dating back to the 1920's.

There were 45 antique tractors, many of them with old metal wheels; six wagons and pony teams; 22 trucks; 15 model steam engines and 160 gasoline engines. All these could be seen together in the parade, held at 1:30 p.m. each day.