| November/December 1989

Box 226, Karnack, Texas 75661

It's show time again. A lot of new engines and displays are out on the road now. The Rusty Wheels Engine Club recently had its second annual show at Bradley, Arkansas. This is part of the Conway Days celebration. The people of Bradley are very nice people and sure make you feel welcome. Unfortunately some of our members couldn't attend because of an extra work load, but we still had a beautiful display. Max Gunnels had his beautiful 1915 model T pickup with a Stover engine sitting in the bed running. S. R. Nichols had his grist mill running and grinding meal for the visitors. Many never saw meal ground. Once you have used it you always want home ground meal from then on.

We had several other engines, including the shiniest 1? HP John Deere I ever saw and a hit and miss Wisconsin. Several antique and custom car collectors had displays on the program. One notable display was a 1925 Chevrolet one-ton truck. The entire show was wonderful. Be there next year.

The Mississippi Valley Flywheelers have just finished their eighth annual spring show. This year it was held at Houston, Mississippi. The people there sure try to do everything possible to help out with a show.

Our show was held in the city park and we had plenty of shade and room. A very noticeable display was a trailer load of hog oilers. Yes, hog oilers. I didn't know hogs had to be oiled so many different ways. They were painted up beautifully! I am so sorry I didn't get any pictures or the owner's name and address.

There were 430 engines, 18 tractors (12 John Deeres), 4 hardwood compressed air engines, and a large working model steam locomotive that was flawless. I heard them say it took 25 years to build. It ran on compressed air for display. Many people stood in line to see it close. Glen Patterson had his Maytag lawn mowers, Gibson tractor, plus other items of interest. Dr. A.W. Cox had his world's smallest working steam powered cotton gin. Craig Ellard had his grist mill busy grinding meal for the spectators. They know how good homemade meal is. It is powered by a 15 HP Fairbanks Morse kerosene engine. Skeeter Pierce kept busy shelling corn while two more gentlemen tended the mill. We had several trailers loaded with displays. We had several larger engines such as Everette Spivey's 15 HP Fairbanks Morse oil engine, Rickey Wyatt's 1923 10 HP McCormick Deering, Pat Barrett's 8 HP IHC Victor hopper cooled, James Osborn's 1914 10 HP IHC, Herman Rieben's(1915?) 10 HP Christensen, Jim Shakelford's early 20's 9 HP Galloway, Bill Allen's 20 HP Fairbanks Morse Y oil engine plus several more that I didn't get to make a note of. Other displays were cream separators, light plants, washing machines including a Briggs & Stratton powered Haag, washing machine motors, miniature engines, home built engines and a hit & miss Wisconsin. What a good engine nut can't find he will build himself. Just look around at the shows and see for yourself.


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