Between five and six thousand persons from the tri-state area availed themselves of the opportunity to witness another unusual and interesting spectacle, when they attended the last annual reunion of Tri-State Historical Steam Ass'n. Inc. This exhibition was held on September 20-21, 1968 at the Dean Fullerton farm, near Burgettstown, Penna.
Never have we had assembled for the occasion, an array of diversified machinery, to compare with what we had this year. There was something to hold the interest of anyone who was present. A well planned program of events, with ideal weather and grounds conditions made this effort one of the best we have offered to the public. At this time, plans are in progress for more of the same thing for the coming season.
Of course, steam was predominate wherever one cared to look. To our usual collection of traction engines, we added the Peerless of J. H. Holmes, the Russell of H. C. Nelson, Ed. Aten's 65 Case, which he had just acquired, and after an absence of two years, the 110 Case was back. This accounted for the best showing of traction engines that we have offered so far. A feature of the daily parades was the appearance of four sizes of Case engines in order of their respective sizes. Leading was a beautiful model of a 3' model of 65 by Thos. Hatcher & son, then the 50, followed by the 65 and finally the 110 by Dean Redd.
The antique gas and oil tractor division is still growing, additions being Case, Huber, Twin City, John Deere, Frick and Cletrac. These in addition to the usual ones we have been having for the past several years. Several unique additions to the stationary gas engine department were noted. These machines were all in first class condition. Many ... steam models of all sizes made use of our popular lubricated steam table which was provided.
Dean Redd, of Charleroi, Pa. exhibited the 110 Case, along with the Keystone Well Driller, Size 3)4, and a newcomer, the Keystone Model 3 Steam Skimmer Shovel. These machines were in daily operation, being demonstrated at intervals throughout the show. Dean also showed his Peerless Traction engine and the Shingle mill.
Two daily parades of everything, including horses, around the farm yard, still proves to be a highlight of the show. Daily demonstrations of threshing-baling, sawmilling, clover hulling, shingle making, the fan, and corn and wheat flour grinding continue to attract and provide intense interest for the large crowds that are present. These operations, of course, best portray the work that steam engines were built to perform.
Nello Mungai, show manager, had the grounds in top condition, and his well-laid plans kept the exhibition running smoothly throughout the two days. L.H. (Dutch) Andrews handled the announcing in a superb manner. Everyone was kept informed concerning the activities and his descriptions of the operations being performed added to the enjoyment of the spectators. We were recently saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Mr. Andrews. He had just completed a magic show in Wayne's burg, Pa., when he collapsed and died of a heart attack, on November 15.
Twenty-eight antique cars and trucks made their way around the track on Saturday afternoon. This continues to be a popular attraction. A newcomer to this department was the Atteberry truck, recently restored by Mr. and Mrs. Louis McMaster. Several bus loads of students from nearby districts brought more than a hundred pupils for a novel means enlarging their educational opportunities. A pony pulling contest on Friday night attracted many fans from the surrounding area.
The Ladies Auxiliary conducted their usual bazaar, and looked after registrations, memberships and Album subscriptions. They have become a necessary part of our organization. Gate and parking duties were handled by Southside Volunteer Fire Department in an efficient manner. Fire protection was furnished by Slovan and Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Companies. The field station was again established by the American Red Cross in their new mobile trailer, and the William Neel Funeral Home had an ambulance at our disposal throughout the show.
Entertainment was provided by Bill Burris and his Green Valley Boys Band, who gave two stage shows on Saturday, and played for the annual square dance that always brings the show to a conclusion on Saturday night.
Officers of the association are: President, Lester Lee, Cross Creek, Pa.; Vice President, Earl Hamilton, Lisbon, Ohio; Treasurer, Evelyn Crow and Secretary, Paul Crow, Charleroi, Pa. Board of Directors are: Tracy Lewton, Hickory, Pa.; Dean Redd, Charleroi, Pa.; V. M. Paul, Hickory, Pa.; Melvin Kaste, McDonald, Pa.; Dean Fullerton, Burgettstown, Pa.; David McDonald, Georgetown, Pa.; Arthur Short, Clinton, Pa.; James Cotter, Aliquippa, Pa.; Glenn Fullerton, Burgettstown, Pa.