Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana

Gaar Scott

Bill Stahl backs his 22 HP Gaar Scott into the belt. Threshing with a straw burner.

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County Road 250W, North Vernon, Indiana 47265

After a summer marked by terrible heat and spotty thunderstorms, no one thought to bring sweaters or coats to Rushville. But following a storm on Thursday night, Friday, August 5th dawned bright, clear, and record cold. Perfect weather for the 46th Reunion of the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana, which nearly overflowed the grounds with 41 steam engines, 397 tractors, and 84 gas engines.

This show marked the return of four engines from the early days of the club. The first, a 16 HP model T T Peerless, once belonged to Mr. Ray Jones, president of the club for 22 years. Tim Trabel of Yorkville, Indiana, restored this very unusual left hand flywheel engine. Second, Mar-shell Stierwalt of Eminence, Indiana, brought his 19 HP rearmount Keck-Gonnerman after missing the show for three years.

Maurice Brown brought a 23-90 Baker, sold new in New point, Indiana, in 1922. Bernard Krekler first showed this engine at Rushville in 1950. The engine later traveled as far as Florida before returning to its original territory. And last but not least, Denny Alyea brought his 19 HP side-mount Keck-Gonnerman for the first time in over ten years. His father, Paul Alyea, and this engine were active in the club from the mid-fifties.

We did most of our threshing with Bill Stahl's 22 HP Gaar-Scott straw burner and Lawrence Porter's 32 inch Gaar-Scott threshing machine. Oddly enough, Don Wendell and his son, David, happened to bring a buck rake built on the back of a model T Ford truck. Aside from being a rare piece of equipment, it proved ideal in the job of hauling straw from the stack to the firebox door.

A sea of International Harvester tractors displayed a wide range of models and options. Equipment in action included a hay press, mounted corn picker with an overhead hopper, and a pull type combine. The Indiana Chapter of Red Power helped assemble this impressive display. Pump-jacks, gas engines, and an IHC solid-rubber-tired truck rounded out the show.

The 47th Reunion, August 4, 5th, and 6th, 1995, will feature Tim Trabel's model TT Peerless steam engine, Rick and Shauna Dorrell's Jaguar gas engine, and Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment.