Pioneer

JOHN J. MENCHHOFER
March/April 1957
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Indianapolis, Indiana

THE PIONEER ENGINEER Club of Indiana held their Annual Reunion August 3, 4, and 5, 1956 on the Lawrence Porter farm, 4 miles north of Rushville, Indiana.

Attendance for the three days was estimated at 12,000 or better. This Club was organized in 1947 after the Indiana Brotherhood of Threshermen was disbanded, which was organized in 1910.

The reunion this year served a twofold purpose, first it was 100 years ago that a Mr. Rule bought a Gaar Portable steam engine and did the first threshing with steam, in the neighborhood of Gings, Indiana, in Rush County. Second, this reunion brought together the threshermen who follow in the footsteps of Mr. Rule, to enjoy and once more see the old time threshing outfits in action. Old threshermen and their friends came from far and near to see again the 'good old days' in action.

The Hannegan Church group furnished excellent meals during the 3-day show. Church services for Sun-day morning were conducted by the Salvation Army of Rushville, Indiana.

Following is a list of the Engineers and owners of the old machinery on exhibit at the reunion: Anthony Moorman and son, of Greensburg, Indiana, 1920 20 hp. Advance-Rumley and a 1907 Case portable built into a traction engine on a truck chassis; Oscar affron and sons, Columbus, Indiana, 1923 20 hp. Minneapolis; Ray Jones, Sunman, Indiana, 12 hp. Russell built in 1906; Noel Ertel, Batesville, Indiana, 1917 Gaar-Scott double, 18 hp. George Meister, Cincinnati, Ohio, a 1923 Huber 16 hp. road roller; Paul Alyea, Greenfield, Indiana, 1928 19 hp. Keck Gonnerman; Nelson Howard, New Castle, Indiana, 50 hp. Case built in 1922; Thomas Cartmel, Waldron, Indiana, 1922 24 hp. Kitten; Keith Mauzy and Calvin Whitaker, Middle-town and Pendleton, Indiana, 6 hp. Case portable; Keith Mauzy, Middle-town, Indiana, Frick 16 hp. double built in 1916; Mac Keller, Garrett, Indiana, 1923 21-75 Port Huron; Lawrence Porter, Rushville, Indiana, 1923 21-75 Baker, 1926 22 hp. Keck Gonnerman; E. F. Deck, Knightstown, Indiana, 1920 20-75 double Nichols & Shepard; Anthony Hood, Rushville, Indiana, 1930 19 hp. Keck Gonnerman; Jack Maple, Rushville, Indiana, 1919 60 hp. Case Arthur Lucas, Cleremont, Indiana, 1911 50 hp. Case.

A groundhog thresher owned by the Club and still in operating condition, it is very old; Aultman-Taylor hand feed with drag stacker owned by Anthony Hood, built in 1875; all steel Minneapolis owned by Jack Maple; a wood frame Russell separator owned by Lawrence Porter, also a steel frame Baker separator; Wood Grizzle, Newport, Kentucky, hand fed Geiser with drag stacker and half bushel, built in 1900; a very old hand fed bean and wheat thresher with drag stacker owned by Brunsman and Hartman of Sunman, Indiana; a model steam merry-go-round owned by Chet Modesitt; a two-fifths size model Reeves owned by Elmer Fenner; Arthur Fenner displayed a Wach stoker engine with upright boiler; the Hamilton Machine Works, a double Mason engine; John Bash one-third scale model Nichols & Shepard engine; Carter Dalton had his one-third scale model Case, model Nichols & Shepard rear mounted engine, model separator; Carl Mc-Cloud a 6 hp. Huber rebuilt from a portable to a traction engine and a model separator; Ralph Shellburne, models of double and single engines, and model baler and water tank; Fred Paul, a steam car upright boiler; Howard Burgess, wood models of traction engines; Lawson and Sons, Keck-Gonnerman model separator; Jackson Brothers, a Holsman high wheel automobile; Everett Huber, Holsman automobile; B. S. Murry, Osgood, Indiana, a 1902 Rambler automobile; Jack Maple and Lawrence Porter, 25-50 Oil Pull; Herman Nunnaly, Rt. 1, Lebanon, Indiana, 25-50 Oil Pull; Donald Jackson, Indianapolis, Indiana Heider Friction drive tractor cultivator; yoke of oxen, Roy Craig, Portland, Indiana

Some people say these old threshermen are ' off their rocker' but having so much fun, we don't even care.


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