Account of Twelfth Annual Reunion Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc.

| May/June 1969

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.