Courtesy of Paul E. Metzinger Box 234, Ambia, Indiana 47917
The annual meeting of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. was held on Nov. 3, 1968 at Fairville, New York. The same officers were re- elected for 1969. They are; President- Donald A. Luteyn, Sr., 226 West Main St., Palmyra, N.Y.; Vice-President- Paul K. Smith, Ontario, N.Y.; Secretary- Mrs. Dorothy Smith, Ontario, N.Y.; Treasurer- Mrs. Mary Johnson, Marion, N.Y. Director elected for three year terms are: Abram Johnson, Marion, N.Y.; James Salerno, Marion, N.Y.; and Albert Heald, Sodus, N.Y. Kent Gibson, Dundee, N.Y. was elected for a two year term.
The past year was reviewed. We ended up with a few more dollars in the bank. We had a total of 348-1968 members. So- it was a very successful year.
The weather favored us for the 1968 Reunion. The display of equipment was the largest so far. A new attraction was the tent of household antiques. On Sunday afternoon there was a mini-tractor pull, which attracted quite a crowd. The 1968 Queen was Mrs. Dorothy Schoff of Naples, N. Y. She is the widow of Harry Schoff, who was responsible for founding our organization.
Taken at last year's Sweet Corn Festival at Hoopeston, Illinois. Our friend, Mr. Gerald (Peanut) Hamilton, is pictured with his beautifully restored (Grey) engine which he added to our display. It ran perfectly when we picked it up at his house but when we set it down at the fairgrounds, it wouldn't start. He said, 'I guess my engine just won't run for the public!' He and my son, Tom, replaced the head gasket.
The dates of August 1-2-3 have been set for the 1969 Reunion. Coming events include the annual Christmas Party, the first Sunday in December, 'picture showing' at the meetings in February and March, and the spring 'gas-up' in May. Anyone wishing to become a member, may do so by sending $2.00 to the Secretary. They will receive the bimonthly news letter, THE PIONEER ENGINE BUGLE.