Klair's First Annual Mill Creek Valley Gas Engine Party


| May/June 1973



Gas Engine

Bill St. John

2801 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 June 10-11, 1972

John Porter, Harrington, Delaware loading his Fordson crawler behind Walter Messick's John Deere. Klair's Gas Engine Party June 1972. Joe Brinton photo.

Bill St. John pumped the same water for two days with two pumps and pretty well softened it by Sunday afternoon at the Klair's Gas Engine Party in June of 1972. Joe Brinton Photo.

With the urging of John Futty of North East, Md. and aided by the supervision of gas engine collector of Rising Sun, Md., Jim Riley, who registered the exhibits, the Klair's First Gas Engine Party came into being on their lawn at 2801 Old Limestone Rd., 10 miles West of Wilmington, Delaware on June 10 and 11, 1972. Much credit must be given the good weather that prevailed, cool but sunny for both days. This brought in 90 gas engines, steam models, 2 tractors, 7 water rams, a feed mill and 2 cord wood saw rigs, fodder cutter, groundhog thresher, etc.

Not knowing what to expect there were no public announcements in the area, but word of mouth and friends of exhibitors and passers-by stopping in to see what was going on created an atmosphere of a small friendly country fair. Lawrence Price of Harrington, Del. came in early Friday and Jim and Ann Riley came Friday evening to help get things started.

Mr. Clarence Lintz and son from Freeland, Md. came in with exhibits. Some of the other distant exhibitors were E. M. Egner, Moscow, Pa., Oscar Chapman and son, Victor, from Martinsburg, West Va. Father and son, William and Paul Debolt, Frederick, Md., George and Margaret Matthews from Lakewood, N.J., Sandy Rader with her 1928 Chevy Truck and Hercules engine 100 miles from Whitehall, Pa. Burgoynne Frank from Ellicott City, Md., Ron McVey didn't come very far, but he brought 17 engines, all in running order, or was it 19?