Publicity, Md. Steam Historical Society.
Regardless of bad weather, the 1973 Maryland Steam Show was well attended. Because of mud and rain, the large steam engines could not move until Saturday afternoon. The gasoline engine exhibit was the largest ever at the Maryland show. The flea market was also larger than any other year and it was well patronized. There were quite a lot of antique cars at the show. An additional attraction at the show was a 13 h.p. Nichols & Shepard Steam Engine owned by Paul Hahn. Many people rode the helicopter rides at our show. William Willock Jr. of Chestertown had a very unusual exhibit at the show.
Equipment in operation included baling, threshing, shingle sawing, Baker-fan, sawmill, steam traction engines, gas engines and antique cars. There was also the metroliner, pulled by steam engines and tractors, and a fire engine hauling passengers. Nightly entertainment was included.
The club served homemade soup cooked the old-style way in steam-kettles. Homemade sandwiches and beverages were also served.
Steam models were well represented. Homemade apple butter and cider were on sale. The club operated a very nice novelty stand. The show was well attended.
We wish to thank everyone who helped to make our show a success and we will be looking forward to seeing you next fall. President Wisner and his crew are making plans for the 1974 show.
Election of Officers, The Maryland Steam Historical Society, Inc., held election of officers for the year of 1974. There was a large attendance at the meeting. The following were elected to office: President: Gilbert Wisner; Vice-President: William E. Hopkins; 2nd Vice-President: Mertice Masemer; Secretary: Margaret Merkel, and Treasurer: Clark Ensor.
The following directors were elected for a three year term: Thomas Wickline, Truman Stem, Robert Gearhart, Walter Armacost and Paul Skipper. Other directors serving on the board are: Edgar Miller, Clarence Lentz, William Sheely, Walter Wolf, Wilbur Baublitz, Lawrence Brubaker, Sterling Walsh, Emanuel Nafe, and John Sater. Dale Hempfing is secretary to the Board of Directors.
Following the election the club had refreshments and a movie. Plans are being made for the 1974 show which will be held Sept. 12-15 at the Arcadia Carnival Grounds. We will have added attractions for the 1974 show. The club has purchased some more equipment for the show.