The Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc., held its yearly
meeting for the election of officers and other 1958 business that
came up, Saturday, at the Rush Co., Conservation Club Clubhouse.
The following officers were re-elected for 1958: President, Ray
Jones, R. R. 2, Sunman, Ind.; Vice-President, Paul Alyea, R. R. 1,
Greenfield, Ind.; Treasurer, Anthony Moorman, R. R. 6, Greensburg,
Ind.; Secretary, John J. Menchhofer, 3520 W. 12th St.,
In 1948 when this Club was organized it had just a few members
and fewer engines. Little did we think that in this short period of
10 years it would have hundreds of members, and a very large number
of steam engines, that it now has.
Our visitors last year came to see the Reunion by the thousands
and went away well pleased with what they saw.
Although we had a very good show last year the Club is planning
now to have a better show this year. So, make a date to visit us in
THE CLUB, John J. Menchhofer, Sec.
NOW ALL PEPPED UP-
Mr. Hobart Myers of Courthouse, C 8, Minot, North Dakota, has
been in the Vets Hospital with a major operation. He said he was
uncomfortable for quite a while but when the May-June issue of the
ALBUM came his spirits rose and is now all pepped up.
We surely wish a very speedy recovery for Mr. Myers.
The old steamer pictured on page 16 of the Jan.-Feb. 1958 issue
was used to saw wood for the wood burner locomotives of the
Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada.
MR. PAUL WEEKS, Box 656, Altoona, Pennsylvania
WALTER AUSTIN PASSES-
Mr. Walter W. Austin passed away last September. His home was in
Quincy, Michigan. He belonged to the National Threshers Reunion.
Always a thresherman & saw mill man. He also worked as a
stationary engineer at the Quincy Portland Cement Works. He was
well liked and left a host of friends. Reported by Elmer M.
Ransburg, Quincy, Michigan.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS STEAM POWER CLUB IS ONE YEAR OLD
By LEROY F. LEVINE 8
58 Leonard, Avenue, De Kalb, Illinois
Marking a year of activity with definite signs of good health,
the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club celebrated its first
There were two highlights. One came with the introduction of
honored guests, Mr. and Mrs. .Charles B Townsend, and the
presentation to them of life memberships in the club. Mrs. Townsend
is the former Ruth Rumely, a descendant of the Rumely family of
LaPorte, Indiana, one of those prominent in the manufacture of
steam engines. Her father, WilliamRumely, was also president and
general manager of the Illinois Threshers Co., whose building was
located in Sycamore, Illinois.
Newton Guild, a director of the club who lives in Elburn,
Illinois, owns the last Illinois thresher made by the former
The second highlight was the presentation to the club of a
gavel. The gavel was made in the shape of a steam whistle, brightly
polished. Floyd Newhall, club member, was responsible for its
creation and had made it from walnut which came from a tree planted
105 years ago on the Jordan farm by the great-grandfather of the
club president, Rupert Jordan.