1995 Riverbend Steam and Gas Show

| May/June 1996

  • Case steamer
    Russ Gelder's 25 HP Case steamer.

  • Case steamer

2222 92nd St. S.W. Byron Center, Michigan 49315

The River bend Steam and Gas Association of Allendale, Michigan, held its 27th show July 21, 22, 1995, at the Lee Scholma farm. Allendale is a small town located about 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. We are a smaller show, but we have a friendly atmosphere that makes time spent here fun for the whole family.

Approximately 150 tractors were on display. Case was the featured tractor this year. Although this area of Michigan is not Case country, a good variety of Case tractors still appeared, including an old cross mount.

A number of OilPulls are seen here every year. Al Rosema, our club president, had his 16-30 here that he restored a few years ago. A longtime feature of the River bend show is his 1914 15-30 OilPull. This huge single cylinder tractor was used near Holland, Michigan, for many years. Al also brings along his 1918 wooden Rumely Ideal thresher every year. Since new, this machine has been a companion to his 15-30 OilPull.

John Fennema brings three Rumelys of his own every year, a 15-25, a Rumely 6, and a 30-60 that his father purchased new around 1925. An elderly gentleman in my church remembers when it was delivered on a railroad car to Cutlerville, Michigan. He told me he was 'sick' from school that day to go see it unloaded. Railroad ties were used to drive it off.

John Huitema brought his 1926 16-30 Eagle tractor and also his 1940 British Field Marshall. This one cylinder diesel is started with a shotgun shell. It's also fun to watch in the tractor pull, as it shakes and blows smoke rings out of that exhaust stack!


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