3390 S. County Road 250 West North Vernon, Indiana 47265
The 50th Reunion of the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana took place on August 7, 8, and 9, 1998. The reunion featured all Indiana-built equipment and had a very impressive turnout. On the steam engine side, we had a total of 53 engines, ranging from a quarter-scale Baker to a 28 HP George White. The lineup also included six A. Gaar or Gaar-Scott portables built in 1875 or before. We had steam traction engines built by Keck-Gonnerman, Kitten, Gaar-Scott, Advance-Rumely, Reeves, M. Rumely, and Robinson, as well as engines from Case to Westinghouse.
On the tractor side, we had nearly 400 tractors on display, including a rare Indiana tractor and many Rumely OilPulls. We also had a large number of gas engines of brands like Hercules, Jaeger, Arco, and Economy, in addition to a huge and very rare Muncie oil engine. The tractor guys and gals put on an antique tractor pull and played tractor games while the gas engine owners ground grain, pumped water, and cut wood.
Many thanks should go to the Greenville Gang for bringing an electric power eater, six steam engines, and a mighty fine looking John Deere 'D.' As part of the show we had panoramic pictures of the steam engines and the tractor area taken. It took some work to get all the steam engines lined up for the shot. John Holp, one of the Greenville Gang, used a 16 HP heavy geared Advance engine to move some of the other engines into place. 'The little engine with THE BIG PULL,' as he said. The Pioneer Engineer's Club also put together a 50th Anniversary Souvenir Book to go with the show. Everyone seemed very impressed by the 50th Reunion book and the panoramic pictures.
The 50th Reunion also included a blacksmith, rope and wire fence making, weaving, broom making, a large flea market containing many antique dealers, and several food vendors.
We had activities in our entertainment tent, a search for coins in the straw, a tug of war with a steam engine, an old-time fiddler's contest, and a kiddie tractor pull. And Farmer John the Clown roamed over the grounds, bringing smiles with him. All in all, the 50th reunion went quite well and everyone who visited the show saw something fun and interesting.
The 51st Reunion of the Pioneer Engineer's Club will take place on August 6, 7, and 8, 1999. We will host the annual meeting and show of the J.I. Case Collectors organization. We will have a large display of Case tractors and equipment, including some of the old cross motor tractors, and we plan on having a lineup containing one of each size Case steam engine still remaining.
One visitor to our 50th show came all the way from Arizona and liked it so well, he plans on coming back for the 51st. So visit Rushville, Indiana, on August 6, 7, and 8, 1999, yourself, for the 51st Reunion of the Pioneer Engineer's Club.