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The annual national meeting of E.D.G.E. & T.A. was held at the Cliff Koster Ranch at Tracy, California, on June 7th and 8th. Many members showed up on Friday to set up their displays. The weather was sunny and warm with a light breeze on Friday and Saturday to make the temperature bearable. On Sunday it became quite windy and dusty.
The usual do-it-yourself barbeque was held on Saturday afternoon. Many enterprising individuals brought their own portable barbeques anticipating a large crowd around the community pit. The crowd was larger than expected and a few latecomers missed out on the beans.
After the barbeque, Branch 6 held their annual business meeting. Officers for the coming year were elected. Following the business meeting a raffle was held. Many nice items found new owners.
Sunday morning, shortly after 8 a.m., the national meeting was called to order by Alton Rexin. A few minutes later an airplane circled overhead and landed in the grain field, some latecomers arriving for the meeting. After some introductory words by Alton, the meeting was turned over to the national president, Jack Versteeg. Under old business a national insurance policy for all branches of E.D.G.E. &. T.A. was discussed. Jack has been working on the insurance problem for some time now and hopes to have a solution by year's end. In the mean time, he urged all branches to stay on good terms with their present insurance carriers.
Next, officers for the new year were elected on a white sheet, except for the office of secretary-treasurer. Harvey Hilands said he would like to resign from office because of his wife's ongoing health problems and heavy demands of a new job. His resignation was accepted. Marvin Cairns and Menno Kliewer were nominated. After the votes were counted, Menno was the new secretary-treasurer. At the present time Menno is secretary-treasurer of Branch 8, so he has good experience for this position.
There was a very good selection of engines shown at this meeting. The star of the show was an 1880 2 HP Otto Silent built by Deutz of Germany. This engine is in original condition. It came from the Ford Museum and is now owned by Greg Johnson of Santee, California. This engine had flame ignition and was running on hydrogen gas. It is the oldest four cycle engine in private ownership.
Another interesting engine was a Fairbanks-Morse 'Y' two cycle diesel that had been converted to a four cycle side shaft gas engine. It was an example of some fine machine work and it ran as well as it looked.
Branch 3 members, Harry and Pete Hudlow of Yakima, Washington, set up a working display of various sized water rams. It isn't very often that you get a chance to see water rams in action.
On the model side of our hobby there was a large selection of model engines and tractors. The engines on display ranged from single cylinder jobs to V-8s, gas and steam to hot air types.
Saturday and Sunday Cliff Koster and Paul Reno, with helpers, demonstrated numerous pieces of old farm equipment in the grain field such a 1914 Harris combine pulled by a Caterpillar 'Sixty', an IHC separator, a 1911 single cylinder Rumely 'Oil Pull', a Samson 'Sieve Grip' tractor, a large selection of various models of John Deeres, and many other makes of tractors. The Draft Horse Club had horses working various old time wagons and farm implements. A tractor parade was held Saturday after, and was narrated by Menno Kliewer.
A count of equipment resulted in the following figures: Gas and diesel engines 362; Hot air engines 1; Gas and diesel tractors 38; Steam tractors 38; Model engines 24; Automobiles 3; Airplanes 3.
The 1987 National meeting will be hosted jointly by Branches 7 and 15, It was decided to have a joint meeting since Branch 7 is a very small group with about 25 members. The meet will be held at Antique Power Land in Brooks, Oregon in conjunction with the annual Branch 15 show.