| March/April 1979

  • Kline Engine

  • Pierce Engine

  • Kline Engine
  • Pierce Engine

Box 156, Cumberland, Iowa 50843

10 HP Kline engine at Central Hawkeye Show. Jerry Kleinbeck, Murry, Iowa, is the owner.

1895 inverted Pierce engine - 3/4 HP. Ernest Schmidt, Fremont, Nebraska, is the owner.

The Central Hawkeye Club held its third annual show at the new showgrounds, Hawkeye Antique Acres, July 22 and 23, 1978. We arrived at the grounds Friday night and had to have our camper pulled up on the leveling blocks due to the soft ground. It had been raining over an inch and a half every night for four days prior. There were quite a few campers and exhibits already there and the show grounds were beautiful. The electric power line was just finished, giving us street lights in the campgrounds and everything was mowed and trimmed around the big oak trees. Large planters of flowers were placed all around and a hitching rail was put around one of the large oak trees for the horse teams. A nice foot bridge had been built across the ravine between the camping and exhibit areas and a sand box and swing installed for small fry.

It rained most of Friday night. About four in the morning the rain stopped, but I had given up on anyone ever getting in to show. My husband was up early and I heard the roar of tractors. I stepped out of the camper to a regular beehive of activity. More and more exhibitors were arriving and getting a pull when they needed it. Gravel trucks were in action spreading more gravel.

I walked up to the engine display and looked in disbelief as about 175 engines were popping and banging in the shade of the old oaks. Indeed it was shade as the sun was beginning to come out. We had brought our 5 HP Crabb engine made at West Union, Iowa, thinking it would be a nice rare one to show. The other rare engines that sat under the trees, were some of those, 'I never saw one like that,' engines. They included: a 3 HP Charles A. Stickney vertical engine owned by E.E. Williamson of Corydon, Iowa; a Southern engine owned by Dana Davis, Unionville, Missouri; an 1895 inverted Pierce 3/4 HP owned by Ernest Schmidt of Fremont, Nebraska. Ernest also brought a 6 HP Corn Belt engine. Norman Davis brought a vertical R & V; Mike Sanderson of Albion, Iowa had his 4 HP McVicker there and G. Pilkington of Fiatt, Illinois had a neat looking Eli engine. Dwayne Ellison of Unionville, Iowa had his little 1/2 HP Globe engine right where it could look up at Marvin Maitre's giant old 20 HP Mogul


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