1975 Portersville Steam Show Report Or Whew We Made It


| March/April 1976



Minneapolis engine

H. E. Beckemeyer

R. D. 1, Box 141A, Ellwood City, Penna. 16117

With an additional report on The Natural Outdoor Acupuncture Clinic specializing in needles from crab apple and white-thorn with poison ivy at no extra charge.

The Northwestern Pa. Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association held its 13th annual show and the first at The New Grounds August 1, 2, and 3 at Portersville, Pa. The weather was the hottest of the year setting records for the Pittsburgh area and that didn't help our crowd much, but at least it wasn't muddy as many shows were this year. With our enlarged grounds this year we were able to accommodate many more flea markets and craft displays. Also, at last a nice grassy, shaded area for the antique cars was available away from the soot. The Pittsburgh Chapter of HCCA graciously included us in a tour schedule and brought 16 or 17 'Beauties' in to add to our display. Jimmy Postle wait had his polished stone jewelry and leatherwork on display and Mrs. Miller was making apple head and corn husk dolls. We were very pleased to welcome back Rob Szakelhidi and his fine pottery exhibit, and demonstrations. New Steam this year included a big Portable Frick 9-1/2 x 10 newly acquired and refurbished for saw mill power, a stationary eclipse return flue outfit for stationary engines and a small upright for the steam kettle. Alas, it was too hot for ham and beans which was a big favorite before. Bill Henry and Tom Downing took on the Frick project with a big hand from Bupp's farm equipment shop, Harold, Allen, Richard and some equipment from Darrel Williams. Sand blasting, painting, new rear axle wood, and new gaskets were obvious needs but the 54 new tubes became an obvious necessity only after water was added. A big project but well worth it, as it should serve for some years to come. It also supplied steam to blow the whistle donated from the U.S. Steel Tube Mill in Ellwood City which made Shelby Seamless Tubing for Hundreds of Boilers for 70 or more years.

The efforts of Paul and Viva Boehm led to a beautiful exhibit of gas engines again including Wayne Young's 13 H.P. ball and Steve Frest's 20 H.P. clerk cycle Reid, both from the local oil fields. I'm not sure if we set a record on gas engines, but it must have been close.

Good co-operations from our parking and gate crews were money savers this year and our new display barn and cook-house worked out to great advantage. Carrie Blizman and the girls set a great mark and probably saved most of us from heat prostration by selling over 1600 sno-cones in 3 days.

Several tractors showed up new this year including a 40-62 Huber and a Caterpillar 15 Agricultural Tractor both to be restored, we hope for next year. At least two Fordsons and a Big Allis-Chalmers are already on the docket for next year.