Pioneer Engineer's Celebrate Silver Anniversary

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The Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana, Inc. held their Silver Anniversary Reunion on August 3, 4, 5 at their show grounds 1 mile east of Rushville, Indiana. The show was held under 3 days of beautiful sunshine. The club recorded one of the largest crowds in its 25 years.

Twenty-five large steam engines of 13 different manufacturers were shown, along with nearly 50 tractors and oil pulls. There were large numbers of gasoline engines, model steam engines, antiques, and flea markets. We were extremely proud of the different makes of engines. They were: Baker, Case, Port Huron, M. Rumely, Advance, Advance Rumely, Gaar Scott, Peerless, Aultman Taylor, Huber, Keck-Gonnerman, Russell, and Kelly-Springfield.

New to the show was a beautifully restored 16 h.p. Aultman Taylor owned by Calvin Whittaker of Pendleton. He just restored it this summer and showed it for the first time at Rushville. It is one of 3 in Indiana. Another new engine was a 19 h.p. Keck owned by Bob Hughes of Bloomington. This engine set in a shed for a number of years and looks and runs like new. Charles Williams and Lester Oeder of near Morrow, Ohio took pride in their newly restored 23-90 Baker. Jerry Moorman of Greensburg showed a 50 h.p. Case that had been used in Kentucky for steaming tobacco beds. It stood idle for a good many years before its restoration last summer.

The largest engine was an 80 h.p. Case owned by Lawrence Walker of Morgantown, Indiana. The feature engine was an M. Rumely double cylinder engine owned by the Harold Beckom family of Kokomo. This was chosen because it was an Indiana manufactured engine and only 1 of 4 left of its kind. Each day this engine threshed wheat with a Baker separator owned by Lawrence Porter of Rushville. Each year Lawrence supplies the grain for the show. We are grateful to Lawrence and his neighbor, Marion Liggett, for providing the grain.

Melvin Lugten of Hamilton, Michigan brought his veneer mill. Sawing demonstrations were held by Anthony Moorman and Chester Hiler. Baker fan testing was held continuously through the show.

Saturday, a square dance was held with music provided by Moel Ertel and his band from Batesville. Noel also showed his 18 h.p. Gaar Scott double. Saturday was highlighted by a gigantic fireworks show at 11:30 P.M. Chester Hiler and Roscoe Shiverdecker put Hiler's 21-75 Baker on the fan, and fired it full of sawdust. This produced an appropriate silver anniversary spectable.

Each night saw little green goblins busy putting tree limbs down Vern Leininger's Port Huron smokestack, sandwich buns up whistles on other engines, and toilet paper draped over oil-pulls!

Sunday morning worship services were held by the Rev. Steling Cauble of Sunman. The largest crowd to date jammed the clubhouse to hear Rev. Cauble. President Ray Jones read a letter from a steam club in England, congratulating the club on its 25th year. It is noteworthy to know that Ray Jones has been president for 16 years. Under his leadership the show progressed into one of the largest shows in the midwest.

Visitors registered from numerous states from across the United States and Canada. The visitor from the longest distance was Miss Alice Galliker from Stanstaad, Switzerland.

A meeting to elect officers will be held in the fall. Also the club has begun to plan for our 26th show to be held next August. Meetings will be held soon to make improvements in our show for next year.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves this year and will make plans to return next summer.