The original reunion in 1945
The Hobby Lobby, with more room for displays, was again an attraction for both men and women. The small models, of which there were a great many in charge of Carleton Weisel of Hillsdale, Mich., were in another part of the same building which housed the Hobby Lobby, as was also the Trading Post, in charge of Scott Baltosser of West Unity, O.
A list of exhibitors of engines follows: (if not complete, please notify the secretary). The list was compiled by Elmer Ransburg, of Quincy, Michigan.
Forrest Williamson's 23-90 Baker, Tank Wagon; William Benner, 25 Russell; Elmer Egbert, 12 Frick; John Lemmer, 16 Russell, A. D. Baker No. 1; John Harper, 18 Buffalo Pitts; Louis David's 40 Avery, Road-Roller, and Louis David's and Delbert Reich's 19 Port Huron; Irel Ash baugh, 20 Minneapolis; Clare Richmond's 23-90 Baker, Rumely Separator; Ralph Lindsay's 18-50 Case; Paul Myers' 16 Case; Alfred Sandy's 21 Baker; LeRoy Blaker's 25 Port Huron, 65 Case; Delbert Reich's Model Advance-Rumely; J. D. Bower's Model Engine and Tank Wagon; Chas. E. Zimmerman's Model Traction Engine; Ralph Shelburne's Miniature Engine; F. W. Bloom's roller and straw baler, separator and tank wagon; Wm. Eby, Small Engine; Henry Foll, Model Advance-Rumely; Patricia Gaeke, James Fleming Traction Engine; Lyndon Conrad, Small Russell; Ralph Shelburne, Model Advance; Carleton Weisel, Many Small Models.
Mr. C. C. Campbell of 207 S. Edison Avenue, Tampa 6, Fla., sends us this photo of a Keck-Gonnerman No. 1359, which he found when visiting: in Indiana the summer of 1952. It was taken Sept. 3rd. The front wheels are worn smooth and the drivers almost as bad, evidently she had made a lot of mileage in rough territory. It is now pulling a small saw mill. Note the 'Fodder in the Shock' across the highway at the left of the picture.
The old cars were owned by members of the Pioneer Auto Club of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
The crowd for the three days was estimated at well in excess of 25,000. Members from Oregon, Washington, California, Canada, New York (Long Island), Alabama and Florida. Ralph Lindsay of Beverly Hills, California, saw for the first time the engine he purchased after being bitten with the steam engine bug at the 1952 reunion at Blaker's. The engine has been put in fine shape by James Whitbey, who was the engineer during the reunion.
Movies were shown in the Grange Building Thursday and Friday nights, with Clare Ringle showing some of his prize-winning colored slides. Geo. D. Winter sent one of his movies from his home in Pipestone, Minn., Dwight Baldwin and Chas. Harrison were among others who showed their films.
The highlight of the women's program Friday afternoon was the singing of the Williams County Chorus, with the 20 members in costume and coming to the program on a wagon pulled by F. Williamson's rubber-tired Baker, after making the rounds of the race track. After they sang a song dedicated to Mr. F. J. Wood, he pleased them by singing them a song in Norwegian, which he learned as a boy in lumber camps.
The same officers were re-elected by both groups. An invitation was extended by the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce to hold the 1954 reunion at the same place, with the invitation being accepted by the president, LeRoy W. Blaker.