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This year several of us who travel together to the engine shows started to consider the need for a club or fraternal and social society for people who like oil field engines. So as kind of a joke, I had a banner made and got some membership cards printed, and started to take on members; I named it 'The Oil Field Engine Society,' abbreviated O.F.E.S. and pronounced 'oafs.' Each member is known as an 'Oaf.' I know this sounds crazy, but we have had a lot of fun with it and it seems as though people have responded favorably to the idea, with lots of people inquiring about membership. The only membership requirement is that the candidate take the 'Oafs Oath' which reads as such-'I like big old greasy rusty oil field engines.' Membership for life is totally free of charge, which dispenses with much unneeded hassle. The response has been so good that I think this may be something much better than just a joke, it's the start of something really good, a society of people who like oil field engines just dedicated to sharing them with others and having fun. The informality of it all has made it so nice and some of the members have made signs to hang on their tent at the shows to spread the word: If you like oil field engines, you're an 'Oaf.'
To explain the title of this article, I spoke with Judy Whiteside with GEM at the Portland show about the possibility of running a column every month for people interested in oil field engines. She seemed to think it would be fine which was encouraging to me to try and start one even if only, for example, we have a photo of someone's recent project and say, 'This is my Bessemer, and this is what it looks like,' or some informative article on the subject. I am open to input from anyone who has something he thinks would be of interest.
So this month, we start with some photos from the Tri-State Engine Show at Portland, Indiana. All the Oafs had a wonderful time. Matt Flanigan even fed us all a delicious pork chop dinner one day. Thanks, that had to have been quite a task.
Our first photo (below) is the group photo we organized on Saturday. The next (above) is of Doug Thornhill's 60 HP Pattin Brothers engine with two directly coupled gas compressors which was quite an impressive sight to behold. And the third (below) is of Rick Dorrel's mobile engine house he constructed. Rumor has it that he may make living quarters in it. Maybe if he gets sent to the dog house, at least he can make it the engine house instead. At this time, it has a 15 HP Reid in it. The back wall is removable, so different engines can be inserted.
Anyone interested in an Oafs membership card, please call me at 937-456-9387, or send an S.A.S.E. to the address above.