FROM THE EDITOR

By Staff

GEM is planning now to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
invention of the gasoline tractor, in 1989, and we are eager to
learn of all you will be doing to celebrate this century of
achievement. Please send us your information. Some organizations
are already embarked on commemorative plans.

The celebration will mark the building of six tractors by the
Charter Gas Engine Co., of Chicago, Illinois, in 1889. Trade name
was Burger. Charter put one of its single-cylinder stationary
engines on a Rumely steam traction engine. The first model, which
was also the first gas-engined vehicle on the North American
continent, was used in South Dakota, near Madison.

Since show time is now with us, and crowds can be expected to be
the biggest ever, you may want to ask visitors for any information
they might have on the Charter or any other old gas engines. There
is no time like the present to record the recollections of
oldtimers.

Jack Versteeg, national president of EDGE & TA, suggests a
new event for shows to consider-see details on page 10. Events such
as these help attract and please attenders.

Make certain your organization has a full list of safety
measures so that your show or reunion can proceed without mishap.
Some clubs post the rules prominently on the grounds so that they
can be read and heeded by exhibitors and guests alike. Liability
can be a thorny problem.

Our Steam &. Gas Show Directory is selling well and still
available. We are working on the new Farm Museum Directory, and a
new book catalog will be ready shortly.

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