Chippewa Valley Antique Engine And Model Club's 29th Annual Pioneer Days

| May/June 1993

Rt. 3, Box 79AG Douglas, Georgia 31533

It was 7:00 A.M., Friday, August 7, 1992, the first day of the 29th Annual Pioneer Days sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Engine and Model Club, and I was on the grounds. The day before I had traveled from Douglas, Georgia, by way of Jacksonville, Florida, and Minneapolis to Eau Claire to attend the show. A few club members were already busy on the grounds and I was privileged to assist with firing up several of the steam traction engines. There is nothing that can compare with the smell, sound and sight of these old engines coming to life! A fine way to start a day! This was also a time of renewing old acquaintances, reminiscing and hearing the various stories about problems, repairs, engine performance and so on.

Left to right: 1916 Case 65 HP, owned by David Brazeau; 1911 Case 60 HP owned by Joe Fisher; 1916 Case 65 HP owned by Gary Schacht; and a Farmall conversion owned by David Brazeau.

For Pioneer Days this was the year of the Case, though not necessarily planned that way, for the steam traction engine representation. Present were Gary Schacht of Stanley, Wisconsin with his 65 Case, and Dave Brazeau, also with his 65 Case. These two engines carry serial numbers 33373 (Gary Schacht) and 33389 (Dave Brazeau) which indicates that these engines could have been built within a few days of each other in 1916. Another Case, this one a Tom Terning one-quarter scale Case 65, is owned by Mr. Charles Ouimet of Gilman, Wisconsin. The engine was built in 1990, and I must say that Tom does nice work! A beautiful little engine. Joe Fisher of Thorp, Wisconsin, had a 60 HP he can boast of a few more years, as it carries serial #26386, built in 1911. This engine is equipped with a balanced valve and a Waters governor and does a snappy job on the sawmill. Herman Gindt, Boyd, Wisconsin, was busy once again with his home built traction engine. This engine was built jointly by Herman and his friend Lawrence (Bub) Mickelson of Cadott, Wisconsin. This engine, a 6 x 7 center crank type, had already spent a lifetime working in a Wisconsin creamery, and now is into its second career.

Dave Brazeau had his steam powered Farmall tractor. He uses a vertical firetube boiler along with a vertical steam engine to power it, and needless to say, it draws a lot of attention as it moves about the grounds.

Some of Daniel Kiekhafer's operating models. He does all his pattern making, casting and machining. A few models are from kits, but most are his own work.