| March/April 1978

  • Arvid Takalo, Skip Dufour adjust the sawmill'
    Arvid Takalo and Skip Dufour adjust the setting on the sawmill.
  • 15 HP Badger sideshaft engine
    15 HP Badger sideshaft engine donated to the Club by John Kay.

  • Arvid Takalo, Skip Dufour adjust the sawmill'
  • 15 HP Badger sideshaft engine

Treasurer, 510 N. 21st Street, Escanaba, MI 49829

Those of us who belong to the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association believe our second annual show was a great success anyway you look at it - equipment, turnout, or financially.

Steam equipment included Skip Dufour's Minneapolis steam traction engine (did you ever try to haul a 10' wide engine on an 8' wide lowboy?), his Port Huron steam traction engine, and Takalo's Port Huron portable. The portable operated the club's 1869 sawmill while the traction engines took turns powering the threshing machines.

Among the more than 40 tractors present at the show were Skips's 12-25 Minneapolis crossmount and my 10-20 Titan and Hart Parr 30. (Remember Skip, pulling back on the clutch lever on the Hart Parr 30 does not stop it!) Al Strahl's Farmall Regular looked so nice I almost wish I hadn't sold it to him.

Some of the gas engines of the more than 75 present included the 15 HP Badger sideshaft donated to the club by John Kay of Rapid River, Michigan and my 12 HP Lawson on factory cart. The smallest engine of the open crank type was my ? - ? HP Ironwood which was not for sale.

Other nice gas engines were exhibited by Al Dill who has a great Sears Row Boat motor and by Leonard Forath who had a nice Worthington, among others.