3520 W. 12th Street Indianapolis, Indiana
The second annual reunion of the Pioneer Engineer Club of Indiana was held at the Rush County Fair Grounds July 29-30, 1953.
Four or five years before the formation of this club the threshermen met once a year under the time honored name of The Brotherhood of Threshermen, who were then banded together for business instead of a hobby.
As for the reunion, the members who exhibited their engines and separators were: Ray Jones, Summan, Ind., 12 hp. Russell built in 1906; Anthony Moorman and Son, Greensburg, R. R. 6, Ind., A. D. Baker 20 hp. built in 1923, Russell separator 33x54 built in 1929; Carl McCloud, Amo, Ind., Huber Portable built in 1898 (he re-worked this portable and made a traction engine out of it. A good job he did); Nelson Howard, of New Castle, Ind., Case 50 hp. built in 1922: Anthony Hood, Rushville R. D, In.d, Keck-Gonnerman 22 hp. Double built in 1924, and Keck-Gonnerman separator 32x54 built in 1939.
Verl Maple, Rushville R. D., Ind., Frick Double 20 hp. built in 1924; Ralph Shelburne, Zionsville, Ind., Model Advance started at both ends and finished up in the middle. He said it was an Advance well it looks like one and is built as sturdy as the Advance is. Frank Paul, Frankfort, Ind., Model Steam Car, built on a '41 Chevrolet chassis, upright steam engine in front, upright boiler on rear needs an engineer and fireman. A nice model well made. Last but not least, Luther Caldwell, Rushville R. D., Ind., Garr-Scott 8 hp. Portable built in 1878 and still going. Luther is 84 years old and still enjoys his old Gaar-Scott. He is able to take care of it and enjoys the reunions.
The different engines took their turns in threshing oats which was furnished by Lawrence Porter, also some of the engines were belted to the Prony Brake a demonstration which was enjoyed by the visitors very much.
The club is young and expects to put on a much better and larger show next year. 'An Old Thresherman Never Dies, He Just Fades Away.'