SITE of the FIRST STEAM TRACTION ENGINE REUNION in USA JUNE 30, 1945

R. Rev. Elmer Ritzman

Courtesy of Leroy Blaker Alvordton, Ohio. Dedication of the marker June 26, 1959 L. to R. Rev. Elmer Ritzman, Merle Newkirk, donor of the plaque; Guy Bunyea, donor of the Port Huron wheel; LeRoy Blaker; Dan S. Zehr (deceased).

Leroy Blaker Alvordton

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THE ORGAN1ZATION of the NATIONAL THRESHERS ASSOCIATION, INC. JUNE 26, 1948

The engine was built about 1892 by the Brown Machinery Co. of St. Louis Mo. It is six HP, 4 5/8' bore, 6' stroke, horizontal stationary engine. This engine, I am told, was originally used in Oklahoma to pump oil. I purchased the engine in 1965 and made several new parts to restore it back to good running condition. Had the engine and a 7 Hp upright steam boiler set up in my basement, then decided to build the rig so I could take it around to steam engine shows. I go to about ten shows a year in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. This last summer I took it to Madison, South Dakota. I am a member of the Heart of America Steam Engine & Model Assn. Inc. at McLouth, Kansas.

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