Courtesy of Russell W. Carpenter, Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058
Central States Gas & Steam Swap Meet, sponsored by Central Hawkeye Gas Engine & Tractor Ass'n. Inc., was a success in spite of an all day rain. There was plenty of room inside and could of handled many more people. There were swappers from seven states and all went home happy.
Jim Withers and pardner had a large load of rare engines. They sold or traded all but one, that was a side shaft - which was for show only.
Wally Nelson went home empty and called later saying it was the best Swap Meet he has attended.
The boys from near Brookings, South Dakota brought a load and swapped or sold them all.
I saw five side shafts that were sold or traded. Also Taylor vacuum, Handy Andy, Olds and many others. It was a good place to pick up drip oilers, magnetos and all kinds of parts.
The Flea Market was in a heated building and all did real well there. There were Cast Iron Collectors with trading stock from Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois.
Ed Langle of Templeton, Iowa and Jake Smouse of Coon Rapids had real nice show displays. Ed had some rare engines and cast iron displays. Jake had his Case steamer and thresher running, as well as his new Smouse gas engine, that runs perfectly. It is about 6 inches long, 4 inches wide and 4 inches high.
Merlin Schrier and his father had so many engines they bought, they had to leave several at my place and come back later for them.
As Jim Withers of Osohas, Minnesota wrote since and said the only losers were the fellows that didn't come to the meet. There are plans in the making to have it annually on a Saturday and Sunday. The Fair Grounds is an ideal place to have it.
The day of finding engines or parts in someone's grove is about gone. The Swap Meets are a real place for you to meet your friends and buy, sell or trade. This has been done with antique autos for many years successfully.