REPORT OF THE JUNE MEETING AND THRESHING BEE OF THE EARLY DAY GAS ENGINE AND TRACTOR ASSOCIATION, BRANCH 9


| November/December 1970


2734 Chaffee St., National City, California 92050

Probably the real beginning of the third semi-annual meeting of Branch 9 (Southern California) of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association really began several months ago as the officers met to plan activities, set time for events and coordinate activities with the Santee Lakes Festival committee. This gas-up was held in conjunction with the Santee Lakes Festival which is an annual affair at Santee, Calif. Santee (near El Cajon and San Diego, Calif.) is becoming world-noted for its unique system of reclaiming sewage water for further use. The four lakes are filled with water from the sewer system which has been purified and filtered to make it once more clear and safe for use.

The apparent beginning of the event, however, must have been the Saturday morning, June 27, when Roy Bodin cranked up his John Deere D model and hitched it to an ancient cast-iron wheeled trailer. On the trailer was loaded a 'stirring' plow, and it looked, indeed, like Roy was going out to plow up the North Forty. Really, though, he was headed for the parade up Carlton Hills Boulevard. All in all, it promised to become quite a show.

After the parade, all the old (and quite a few young) gas-bugs gathered equipment and arranged it for display in an area close beside the upper lake.

There was Clair Tietsort from Santee with a fine display of pumps, pump-jacks, engines, a cream separator, and even an unidentified engine pumping water with an Aermotor pump-jack, Many of the old-timers gathered from time to time to try to identify Clair's engine.

Al Kreuger was there from Long Beach with some fine engines including a 1? hp. Lansing and a 1? hp. Hercules.






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