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EDGE&TA Branch 22 Fall Show

| January/February 2002

  • 40 HP western engine

  • 40 HP western engine

This 40 HP Western, the largest engine at the Santee show, was restored by Norm Burke, El Cajon, Calif., and Jerry Ingram, Alpine, Calif.

Santee Lakes provided an open scenic setting for EDGE&TA Branch 22's Fall Show on Oct. 13-14, 2001. And indeed, fall was in the air, with warm days and cool evenings. Members came from all over San Diego County, California and Arizona to participate. This was the third year for the show at this location, and members chose their favorite shady spots to set up their displays of engines, tractors, pumps, grinders, washing machines, farm equipment toys, windmills, and other related items from earlier days. The American flag was flying everywhere, showing the patriotism felt by the membership. Co-chairmen for the show were Cliff North cote and Dudley Mills.

To fully appreciate the equipment displayed, you also had to hear the hit-and-miss of all the engines and tractors running during the day. You could view completely restored engines and tractors along with other 'work in progress.' A 40 HP Western was a decided show stopper, along with 49 other engines, 22 tractors, six garden tractors, four grinders, 14 pumps, three washing machines, two sewing machines, and two trailers with numerous pieces of equipment in operation. Individual items included a fan, a jigsaw, a pump/grinder combination, an ice cream maker, a water fall, a water wheel, an antique Cadillac touring car, a display of farm equipment toys, and a neon Branch 22 sign. The individual items were hooked up to engines with belts or operated by hand to demonstrate how they work.

A tractor parade was held both days at 11a.m., the route parading around all five of the man-made lakes on the site. A local newspaper reporter on hand Saturday was amazed to see so many tractors in one place and the number of years represented. One woman at the show admitted she and her husband own 18 tractors. Their interest started with just one, and just kept growing and growing.

Food was provided and served by Branch 22 member Larry Plaster, who works with St. Vincent De Paul Village and teens from St. Vincent's Toussaint Teen-Center. Many comments were heard on the courtesy and professionalism shown by these teenagers. On Saturday evening, the membership had a potluck dinner and relaxed around the picnic tables overlooking the lakes enjoying conversation and ice cream made with the antique ice cream maker.

Santee Lakes, Santee, Calif., will be the location for the 2004 EDGE&TA National Meeting and Show. Branch 22 looks forward to hosting these events. It's a wonderful location providing many amenities for anyone interested in planning to attend this show.

Contact engine enthusiast Lenora Lee, Branch 22 EDGE&TA newsletter editor, at: P O Box 218, Poway, CA 92074-0218, or e-mail at:

Notes from Cliff Northcote, EDGE&TA President and Director

This is my first article in Gas Engine Magazine since our National EDGE&TA show in Ozark, Ark., which was hosted by Branch 32 on June 21-23. The show started out very wet, but by the time the weekend was over, it had dried out and a great time was had by all. We enjoyed meeting some of the hardy souls who drove the five-day, 107-mile tractor-trip from Gentry, Ark. They arrived in the pouring rain to open the 2001 event.

Ozark was the first destination of a seven-week motor home trip I took with my wife and mother-in- law. One of the highlights of the trip was going to the Agrirama in the town of Tifton, Ga. This is a great living-history museum, with over 35 structures that have been relocated and restored or preserved as they appeared in the 1870s to the turn of the century. Costumed narrators explain and demonstrate the lifestyle and activities of the period. It is well worth the time to stop and visit this interesting place.

In Washington, D.C. we went to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where there was a wonderful display of early day machinery and implements. In Pennsylvania we visited the newly opened York Industrial and Agriculture Museum, which has two floors of some very unusual machinery, much of which is still being used for demonstration purposes. We spent a day in New York City, and while taking in the sights we got off the subway in the basement of the World Trade Center. Little did we know that in eight weeks this building would not be standing and America would never be the same. Our thoughts and prayers are still with those affected by this tragedy.

Traveling on to upstate New York, we stopped at the Tired Iron Tractor Museum on Rt. 20A in Cuylerville. We met the owner, Wayne 'Bump' Hamilton, and saw his fantastic collection of over 110 tractors, trucks horse drawn equipment, farm toys, tools, household antiques and many other items of interest. If you are ever in the area, this is a 'must see' collection. In Ohio, we stopped at Hit-and-Miss Enterprises. I have always had good luck ordering parts from them, and 1 was very impressed with the inventory they keep on hand. While in Kidron, Ohio, we again went to Lehman's Hardware Store, which serves the Amish communities and specializes in non-electric items. I can never go in there without buying something I can use. It was a refreshing change of pace to hear the clip clop of the horse and buggies traveling down the road.

While in the area, we were saddened to hear about the steam traction explosion in Medina, Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to those affected by this unfortunate accident. Hopefully, this incident will remind us that with our hobby, safety is our number-one concern. Continuing on our way home, we visited many other places and browsed through probably 100 antique and junk stores finding some real treasures.

It is encouraging that so many museums, points of interest and collectors are preserving our heritage for future generations.

I should mention that in July, EDGE&TA changed its web site address to Please take advantage of this resource that provides valuable information on our national organization and local branches.

Contact Cliff Northcote, EDGE&TA president/director, at: (619) 478-5500, or e-mail:


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