Brian Vaughn
July/August 1998
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Matt Leninger's 24-75 Port Huron engine.

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The members of the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana held their 49th Reunion on August 1,2, and 3, 1997. All told, the Reunion included 42 big steam engines, over 450 tractors, and over 100 gas engines.

On the steam side, the Reunion featured Port Huron engines and had two 24-75 horsepower Port Huron Long fellows, owned by Al New and Matt Leninger. The lineup of engines also included a 75 Case with the 36 inch plowing drivers, a sidemount double Nichols & Shepard, and a 10 horsepower Advance. Many of the engines worked out on either the Baker fan, or the Dynamometer, or the electric Power-Eater. Many thanks to the 'Greenville Gang' for coming to Rushville, bringing the Power-Eater, and operating for us!

In the tractor area, visitors could see nearly every model and style of John Deere tractors and many pieces of John Deere farm equipment. A number of them took part in the antique tractor pull on Friday night. Nearly all of the exhibitors ran their tractors through the parade each day. The Reunion also included at least one of each size John Deere gas engine, as well as John Deere literature, hats, shirts, road signs, and so on.

The members of the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana wish to invite everyone to come to our 50th Reunion on August 7, 8, and 9, 1998. Our 50th Reunion will feature all Indiana built equipment. We intend to have fifty steam engines, including the one which started our Reunions fifty years ago. Luther Caldwell and Roy Mitchel's 1870 Gaar-Scott portable.

We also plan on having a rare 50 horsepower Muncie oil engine, Robinson and Gaar-Scott threshing machines, Rumely Oil Pulls, and much, much more. If you have a chance, come over to Rushville for the 50th Reunion of the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana.

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