| July/August 1959

Further indication of increasing interest in the Steam Traction Field is evidenced by the recent organization of another group in Central Pennsylvania pledged to carry on in that field by reviving agricultural machinery activities at the nearly century-old GRANGERS PICNIC, at Williams Grove, Pa., in September.

The WILLIAMS GROVE STEAM ENGINE ASSOCIATION, formed through the efforts of William Strayer of Dillsburg R. D., Ralph W. Hull of Enola, and Roy E. Richwine, Jr., of Mechanicsburg R. D., held an organizational meeting in March.

Officers elected at that meeting included Mr. Hull, as president; Lee Karns, Lemoyne, vice president; George F. Fawber, 511 W. 16th Street, New Cumberland, Secretary-Treasurer; Rev. Elmer Ritzman, Enola, Chaplain; and R. H. Steinmetz, Camp Hill, Publicity Director.

A second meeting at Dillsburg, in April attracted 38 interested persons and committees were appointed to carry out plans for the exhibit at Williams Grove, September 3, 4, 5, and 7. Tentative arrangements for a lively program were advanced and members polled for equipment. Indications point to approximately 10 steam traction engines, several oil-pull tractors, a steam shovel, two or more stationary steam engines, models of traction and railroad steam engines, threshing equipment and various types of old-time farm equipment on display

Further arrangements will be discussed at a meeting to be held May 27th at Williams Grove. The group issues an open invitation to any interested person or persons to attend or write to the Secretary, Geo. F. Fawber, 5111 West 16th Street, New Cumberland, for further information.


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