R. D. #3, Box 138, Newfield, New Jersey 08344.
In this bicentennial year with all the celebrating and hullabaloo going on, the residents of Salem County in New Jersey once again held their annual 4-H Fair on August 4,5 and 6.
As usual there were the handcrafts such as embroidery, crocheting, knitting, painting. and sketching, etc. The girls belonging to 4-H displayed their homemade garments ranging anywhere from sports outfits to evening attire.
One woman had jewelry made from spoons and forks, and another girl from north Jersey had a display of cut-out coin jewelry. There was also a large exhibit of Indian jewelry.
In the buildings outside, there were horses to fulfill an equestrian's dream. Some really beautiful animals. In another building, were the cows, some of them with calves, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, etc. and in the petting area, were rabbits, baby chicks, baby pigs, a pony or two, some goats and a donkey named Jenny, with her baby whose name was Sparky. All the farm equipment on display from the various dealers held the interest of a number of farmers as they discussed with one another which make they thought was better for a particular usage or job.
The homegrown vegetables and flowers and the homemade pastries just proved to anyone what a little love and caring, a trip to the corner grocery and a little help from Mother Nature can surely do. They all looked like an advertisement out of Better Homes and Gardens. It was a real struggle to keep from sampling anything.
All of the booths inside were setup rather attractively to catch the public's eye, including the usual amount of children who just had to pick up any one or all of the phones at the Bell Telephone exhibit. But then, we all were a kid at one time or another.
Last, but surely not least, were all the happenings over at Grandpa's Farm. First, since I'm as much interested in my husband's hobby as he is, there were the guys with their steam, gas and hot air engines. These are really something to see from days gone by. They ranged anywhere from a pretty little half horse New Holland to a very large 15 horse Fairbanks-Morse. Pat and Ken Moore with their one and one-half horse John Deere and one and one-half horse Mietz & Weiss respectively, Joe Dunn with his Olds, high wheel bicycle and Fordson tractor, Paul Sullivan, who very kindly operated the boiler, Barry Watson with his homemade Hercules tractor and, of course, Dave Sickler with his blacksmith's shop and heaven only knows what else. (Where Dave's concerned, it could be most anything.) Stoney Harris, who daringly drove his herd of cattle to Valley Forge, put in an appearance every so often to check his herd on display.
Because of the fact that this author and her husband, as well as a number of other people, passed out a great number of handbills, our engine boys were greater in number this year. Next year, (the Lord willing and if the creeks don't rise), we should have even more in attendance.
I don't want to forget Warren Shank, who makes just about every type of broom known to man. You can stand and watch while he puts one together and then, if you so desire, you may purchase that broom, or another type, if you like.
Calliope music was provided by Mr. Getz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania who travels with a tractor trailer, which houses his steam wonder. He plays several selections at a sitting, and if you've never heard one of these instruments before, you really should some time. It's a treat to behold!
A collection of old wagons and a stage coach were on display by Stoney Harris. There also was a very nice exhibit of 20 different pony wagons by Mr. Prickett and associates.
The Woodstown-Pilesgrove Historical Society had a small building where they displayed a few antiques and sold cookies and ice tea.
Now that I've told you what goes on and what we do at one of our shindigs, maybe we can look forward to seeing a lot of you on the 10, 11 and 12 of August, 1977. Come join us, but don't come empty-handed, bring an engine or two with you.
Here is a nice little engine made by Nelson Bros, of Saginaw, Michigan. Bore and stroke is 2? x 2?; serial number is 2VAG4154. The engine is all original including the nice little cast iron muffler. It's a 4-cycle with push rods operating both of the overhead valves.
What's really interesting though, is the flywheel. It is exactly the same as that found on a single cylinder Maytag (Model 82) except that it's made of cast iron-the Maytag flywheel being aluminum.
Since the Maytags come from Newton, Iowa, I'm wondering about the similarity of the flywheels-any ideas anybody?
6 HP Springfield gas engine made in Springfield, Ohio. Picture taken near Neenah, Wisconsin about 70 years ago. Engine is belted to sawmill. Engine is side shaft with 6% bore, 10' stroke and 49 flywheels.
A picture of art work which I have named 'The Pioneer.' It consists of 3-6' diameter gears, largest ones weigh 1 ton each. It stands 18 feet high and 20 feet wide. Balance of wheels are gas engine, cultivator and toy on top - flowers planted at base.