Learn about the reports on the gas engine and steam engineers reunions.
The 1966 Reunion of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. was held at Fairville, N.Y. on July 29, 30 and 31st. This was a new location; on the carnival grounds owned by our vice-president, Franklin Orbaker. Everyone seemed to like the new location. The weather was good. The days were fairly hot and the nights were cool.
There were 33 gasoline tractors and one Baker Steam traction engine. Some of the ones which were new to our show were a 10-20 three wheel Case, a 10-20 Titan, a 22-44 cross motor Case road roller, a 1937 W K-40 International, a 1935 25-45 Massey Harris and a Farmall F-12. These were all shown off proudly by their owners in the daily parades and in operating the allied equipment and the Baker Fan.
We had 36 pieces of allied equipment. The sawmill was an American No. 2 friction feed owned by Franklin Orbaker. Before the show it was set up on cement piers, so it was sturdily anchored. The 22 foot Case threshing machine, owned by Abram Johnson of Marion, threshed the wheat and rye. There was also a 22 foot Advance Rumley Ideal thresher owned by David Shearns of Marion on display. Straw was baled by the club owned Case stationary baler.
The Association owned stone crusher sure made the tractors work and was a big attraction. A Director, Milton Skinner of Geneva, made shingles with his International shingle mill. Also on display was a hand feed Ford shingle mill owned by another Director, George Knab of Spencerport. There were at least three drag saws.
Most of the 155 gasoline engines were in running condition. Most of them were fully restored and painted. There is a small pond on the grounds, and several water pumps were kept busy filling the water tanks used to sprinkle the grounds. One of the most unusual engines was a 1917 6 hp Jones oil engine owned by Howard Scheer of Fairville.
Compressed air was used to power the 44 models. One was a model of a gasoline engine made and owned by Olin Himes of East Williamson. Elmer Shaefer of Yoe, Pa. was also present with his two model gas engines. Claude Abbert of Rochester attracted a large crowd with his model hot air engine.
On Sunday the Livingston County Antique Car Club had eight cars on display. Carl Brennessel of Williamson had a 1924 International truck and Grover Swank of Marion had a Model A Ford truck.
Ken and Jim Stocum of Lima, New York brought their beautiful pair of horses. They were busy taking both children and adults for rides around the grounds. They also served as a shuttle service between the grounds and the firehall where the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fairville Fire Department served a smorgasbord dinner on Saturday and a chicken bar-b-que on Sunday. The ladies and the firemen had a short order stand set up on the grounds. No one went hungry!
Mrs. Mary Ketcham of Fairville was crowned as our queen on Saturday by our President Don Luteyn of Palmyra. She is the wife of an old time thresher and steam engine man. Her corsage was pinned on by our 1965 Queen, Mrs. Charles Rolfe of Lima.
Many of the wives of the members helped out at the ticket gates. Thanks to Mrs. Mary Johnson, Carol Swank, Laura Riegle, Adelaide Hershey. Beverly Troutman, Rose Wood, Lois Gibson, Florence Brown, Mrs. Terry Weston, and to any others I have forgotten, thanks a million!
Our treasurer, Mrs. Martha Abbert of Rochester, manned the souvenir booth and had charge of the membership renewals with the help of Mrs. Mildred Graves, Nancy Knab, Karen McCauley and Mrs. Sapp, and Mrs Alice Prudom sold magazine subscriptions, books etc. I was sort of jack of all trades and was kept busy keeping the others busy!
We were very happy to have Reverand and Mrs. Ritzman of Enola, Pennsylvania visit us on Friday. I know that they have not been able to attend very many reunions this year, so we were greatly honored to have them with us. I hope they enjoyed the "gas" show, but I bet they missed the steam.
Reading our guest register is very interesting. We had visitors from Canada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Florida. Daniel Brubaker, the President of "Rough and Tumble", Kinsers, Pennsylvania, was present, also several members from the "Steam-Era" in Milton, Canada.
Ken Roloff of Marilla supplied the public address system. R. Dayton Nichols of Stafford did the announcing for the parades. There were several campers and tents set up in the camping area.
Everyone had a good time and we are already planning and looking forward to next year, which we hope will be bigger and better.
Report courtesy of Colonel Houston L. Herndon, Sarasota, Florida.
The second meeting of the Florida Gas And Steam Engineers Club was held 13 August 1966 at their permanent show grounds located at Colonel Houston L. Herndon's Sarasota-Bradenton Speedway. The Speedway, an automobile race track, is located on U.S. 41 between Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The club, a non-profit organization, has their next meeting scheduled for 5 November 1966.
Anyone who has ever operated equipment has experienced the helpless feeling of not having enough power for the load they were hooked up to. That is what we are experiencing here in Florida. There was never much equipment in this state and the Club is hard put to get enough for a good show. If anyone from the north who spends the winter or part of the winter down here would like to bring down some units they are more than welcome. The Speedway contains 44 acres so there is plenty of room. We have two steam traction engines being brought down by winter visitors and will be left. We would welcome more units, large or small. For further information write Colonel Houston L. Herndon, Sarasota, Florida.
This is my F. 12 I.H.C. Tractor completely restored after having been idle since 1955.
My G. P. John Deere Tractor built about 1928, powering a circle saw cutting cord wood.
My Advance Rumley Oil Pull Tractor, Model R S/N 385 25-45 H.P. This picture was made 13 August 1966 at a meeting of the Florida Gas And Steam Engineers Club.
This is my 22 by 38 I.H.C. Thresher pulled by my "Times New Roman" scale Rumely Oil Pull.