Black Swamp Show


| May/June 1985



Case engine & Case Seperator

Threshing at Don Irwin's farm cast of Grass Lake, Michigan, September 1983. Case engine and 28 x 50 Case separator owned by Don Irwin.

The first annual Black Swamp Steam Gas Reunion was held at Auglaize Village near Defiance, Ohio on June 14-17, 1984.

This is the first time Auglaize Village was used for a steam and gas reunion, and I must say it is an excellent grounds for an event of this nature. The grounds consists of a 19th century restored village, museums with antique farm machinery, a Corliss steam engine, and a good railroad display with a mile oval track around the village. There are six steam traction engines on loan to the village, one being a very rare D. June portable which was fired for the show.

There were 12 traction engines present for the four day event. This could have been called the show of 16 HP engines as seven of the twelve were 16 HP. Makes represented were Advance, Aultman Taylor, Frick, Gaar Scott, Keck Gonnerman, Minneapolis and Russell. All engines were very nicely restored and in fine running condition.

Ken Monk from Mio, Michigan had his portable sawmill there. Ken had his mill set up with a double pulley line shaft so that two engines could saw at the same time, and that we did! Often two engines could be seen pulling in tandem.

John McDowell came in from Plain Field, Ohio with his Power Eater Generator. John was a real pleasure to have at the reunion, as he will work an engine the way the engineer wants him to work. There was almost always an engine belted into the power eater. Set up close to the power eater were three Baker fans, which were used quite often.

bob cook_2
5/12/2009 8:34:11 AM

Hello, My name is Bob, and Im trying to find a Keck Gonnerman Steam Engine That use to belong too great guy. his name was Shorty. This engine is a 22 Hp.Keck Gonnerman that my Grandfother owned for years. If anyone can help me please E-mail at greenharleygod@yahoo.com Thank You, Bob Cook