In our Nov./Dec. 1987 issue, we wrote a story about program books issued by clubs at show time. Frances Zollars, Secretary/Treasurer of the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc. (Charleroi, PA), wrote and sent a copy of her club's special publication.
'This was our 31st annual show and we figured this would be a good time as we entered our Fourth Decade to stop and pay tribute to our 3 founders and others who made the Tri-State what it is today.
'President, Gene Abel and I spent a lot of time compiling the book. The hardest job was finding old pictures and facts of historical and informative material. My father, Paul F. Crow the sole surviving founder was Secretary for 31 years. His home holds considerable memorabilia and I went through a lot of boxes and books to find the material we used. Unfortunately we could not rely on Daddy to tell us the things we wanted as he is a victim of Alzheimer Disease.
'The book was well received by the members and the general public. Unfortunately, we are left with quite a large supply due to a low attendance created by the bad weather. We have carefully stored them and anyone wanting a book now may write me. The cost of the book and mailing is $1.25.
'To follow through with the theme of honoring our founders, the club pictured the 3 men and their engines on our pins and named them on the participant plaque.
'The 2 Fullerton Brothers are deceased but Clark R. Fullerton's son, Glenn, is still an active member and 1 of the 12 Charter members still in good standing. M. Dean Fuller-ton's grandson, Robert Mungai, is an active member and serves as a director.
'Paul Crow was at the show for a part of each day and could be seen on his Case engine, accompanied by daughter, grandson Larry Whaley of Indianapolis, Indiana, and two great-grandsons, Chris and Paul. (Editor's note: The Case engine has twice been on IMA's cover, most recently on the November/December 1982 issue.) 'I shall look forward to your review of our book.'
Another club with a 'special edition' this year is the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee (25 years) in August of this year. Verne Kindschi sent us a copy of the book, which has a section of club history which features 22 pages of pictures from previous shows held by the Baraboo, Wisconsin Club.
Another commemorative item in a different form is Fred and Brenda Nolan's video cassette, Steam Festival, which depicts events at the annual Douglas County Historical Steam and Gas Show at Arcola, Illinois. Made in 1987, the tape is educational in describing the various scenes it shows. It also captures the flavor of the show with background music and long views of equipment in action. Included are interviews with various engine owners and their opinions about their equipment. Fred Nolan sells this 78 minute video in VHS or Beta format for $52.95 postpaid. Write to him at R.R. #2, Box 178, Arcola, IL 61910.