The Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Co. Show


This engine I built in about five years spare time. It has a 4 x 4 cylinder and 34'' drive wheels. It steams and runs real nice. I call it the ''ROGGE'' engine. It has resemblances to both the Advance-Rumely and the Case engines. Courtesy of E. J. Roggema

E. J. Roggeman

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Route 1, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812.

On July 15, 16, & 17, 1971, the annual lawn party Steam & Gas Engine, Antique Car show and parade was held in the middle of the town of Bridge-water, Va. Traction Engines exhibited: 9x10 Frick built 1921, owned by Don and Rudolph Evers, Bridgewater, Va.; 8 x 10 Frick owned by Stanley Evers, Dayton, Va.; 8 x 10 Frick built 1914, owned by Ralph (Pige) Rhodes, Bridge-water, Va.; 50 H. P., E. B. Peerless built 1923 owned by W. F. (Bill) Harper, Timberville, Va.; 10 H. P. Peerless built 1889 owned by Sam Osborne, New Oxford, Pa.; 16 H. P. Peerless built 1906 owned by Paul Wichael, Bridgewater, Va. Two years ago the 16 H. P. Peerless was high and dry on top of a mountain, near Circleville, West Va. This is a fine example of bringing the old one back to life.

We also had two nice portable engines, a 4 H. P. Peerless built in 1906, owned by Nolan Liskey, Harrisonburg, Va. and a 8 x 10 Frick built 1920 owned by Harlan Senger, Mt. Solon, Va. Also exhibited was a Frick boiler mounted on a truck chassis, with undermounted engines, owned by Eston Teter, Fort Seybert, West Va.

Farm tractors exhibited were two Oil Pulls: one Model G, 20-40 H. P. owned by Carlton Shickel, Bridgewater, Va. and a model M 20-35 H. P. owned by Gene Kauffman, Harrisonburg, Va.; Allis-Chalmers owned by Gary Shifflett, Harrisonburg, Va.; Farmall Regular owned by J. 0. Stickley & Son, Harrisonburg, Va.; McCormick Deering 10-20 owned by Glenn McWilliams, Harrisonburg, Va. and a McCormick Deering W-12 owned by Earl Puffenbarger, Bridgewater, Va.

A total of 40 gas engines were exhibited and paraded, also a total of 80 antique autos were exhibited and paraded.

This being the 2nd Steam and Gas meet sponsored by the Fire Co., we know it was a great success. The Fire men appreciate the time and expense the exhibitors endure to help us in our show, and to them we owe a great big (thank-you).

The firemen, ladies Auxiliary, and non-members cooked, sliced and made into sandwiches 162 large country hams, processed 1175 lbs. of ground beef into hamburg and cooked several hundred pounds of hot dogs.

This July 13, 14 & 15, 1972, we see our show increasing in exhibitors of traction engines, gas engines, farm tractors and old equipment, and antique autos. We have a saw mill and we want it operating by show time. We do not charge gate admission, and we welcome exhibitors.

Anyone wishing further information on our show this year, please contact, Mr. Ralph R. Rhodes, Route 1, Bridge-water, Va. 22812 or T. C. Craun, Jr., Box 11, Mt. Crawford, Va. 22841.