Pioneer Engineers Club Hold 27th Annual Reunion

19 HP Baker engine

This is a 19 HP Baker counter flow owned by Mrs. Helen Tomlinson of Albany, Indiana

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Pioneer Engineers Club, R. R. 6, Greensburg, Indiana 47240

The Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana held their 27th annual show at the Rush County Conservation grounds east of Rushville, Indiana on August 1, 2, 3, 1975.

The show opened on Friday under sunny skies. All engines were inspected and ready to go at the start of the show. This year the Baker engine was featured. The feature engine was a 1907 18 h.p. Baker owned by Jerry Moorman of Greensburg, Indiana. This engine was recently restored and threshed on Friday for the first time since the late 1920's. Other Baker engines shown were Chester Hiler's 21-75 uniflow, Charles Williams and Lester Oeder's 23-90, Everett Huber's 18 h.p. Baker, and a 19 h.p. counter flow Baker owned by Mrs. Helen Tomlinson. There is some dispute as to whether this 1926 model Baker is actually a 19 or an 18 h.p. It is a fine little engine with a high pressure boiler. Many gentlemen say they have never seen another one like it.

Other engines were: 3- Case, 2-Keck Gonnermans, 3- Advance Rumelys, 2- Hubers, 2- Russells, a Port Huron, an M. Rumely double, and an Aultman Taylor. This year Calvin Whitaker brought his large 25 h.p. Advance Rumely. This is a fine engine and the only one of this size in our area. Another outstanding new addition was a 1/2 scale model of a 25 h.p. Reeves engine. This was a real eye catcher and built in perfect detail by Bob Tingle of Shelbyville, Indiana. There were numerous models of different makes also there. A record number of antique tractors was also exhibitied.

Fan testing, sawmilling, threshing, and a parade was held on Friday and Saturday. Saturday evening the rains came and ended the dry spell in our area. The rain stayed through Sunday, turning the grounds into one large mud puddle. Engines could not move and activities had to be curtailed.

In the afternoon some sawing was done by Jerry Moorman's 50 h.p. Case. The club members thank everyone who came in spite of the rain. We certainly hope that next year we can have good weather.

On October 25, the club held a business meeting at Rushville. President Ray Jones thanked all the members for their time and effort in staging this year's show. Officers for 1976 were elected. They are: President - Ray Jones, Vice-President - Lawrence Porter, Treasurer - Tony Moorman, Secretary - Jerry Moorman. Directors elected are: Chester Hiler, Henry Thoman, and Marion Liggett. The next meeting will be a social meeting on Saturday January 31, 1976 at Rushville.