| September/October 1978

Rt. 2, Marietta, Ohio 45750

We knew that if we kept trying it would have to happen sooner or later. We finally had a show at Barlow that was blessed by a little dust. Previous shows had been plagued by rain and mud. Nothing dampens the spirit much more than a soggy steam show, but thankfully this year we operated at a dry, happy, peak capacity.

As for the show proper, first a word about the traction engines. We owe a great big thanks to Edgar and Bill Flowers of Adena, Ohio. One of the engines we had been counting on canceled out near show time and on less than a week's notice Edgar and Bill readied their massive Greyhound engine for its first cutting of the year. How rewarding it is to work with such fine people who understand the meaning of helping one another. It appeared that Bill was really enjoying himself as the Greyhound labored effortlessly against the less-than-demanding load of the old wooden Peerless thresher.

John James was present again this year with the immaculate 50 HP Case. John spent a great deal of time on the sawmill and the Huck Brothers gave him quite a workout. As usual, the Case was equal to the task and the nearly perfect combination of engine and mill proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

While on the subject of combinations, we should mention that John McDowell brought his Baker engine and Power Bug to our show for the fourth straight year. There's a threesome that's hard to beat. It's obvious that John respects his engine in every way. I have yet to see him abuse that Baker in any way. It's too bad such statements can't be made about all operators.

Glenn Krofft brought his dwarf Russell engine along and really put it to the test. He claims to have nearly melted the bearings out of the Baker Fan. We're grateful he recognized the problem before the fan caught fire. Don't ever ask Glenn what the purpose of a Baker Fan is you will regret it. Glenn deserves much credit for ungrudgingly changing his haul plans for us at the last minute. Hauling those engines is a thankless task and many shows in this area rely heavily on Glenn's expertise and knowledge.


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