The following is a condensed report of the Rough and Tumble
Engineers Historical Reunion, held at Kinzers, Penna., on August 20
and 21, 1954
On Friday, the first day, the weather was fine and the
attendance approximately 3500. On Saturday, we had rain, a real wet
sod-soaker, which by the way, was greatly needed. This cut the
attendance to about 1500 but did not dampen the ardor of the
people. Engines were wading mud almost axle deep; the Joy Buggy was
running as was, also, the R & T Railroad. Both the railroad
cars and the Joy Buggy had canopy tops which gave protection from
the rain. There was plenty of shelter during the showers and motion
pictures were shown to entertain the crowds. The cafeteria kept
running full blast throughout the rain.
About two o’clock the rain stopped and then things began to
really hum. The saw and shingle mills went into action, also the
test block and the hobby platform.
On Friday afternoon we were able to complete the entire program
which consisted of pulling engines on the belt test; threshing
demonstrations beginning with the flail, then the sweep power,
followed by the hand feed steam driven thresher with straw carrier
and ending with a modern, fully equipped steel Frick thresher.
Steam driven engines were changed during this demonstration.
A full Q 1 Frick steam saw mill was in operation, also a shingle
mill driven by a Westinghouse traction engine.
The hobby table was a real attraction. Many small steam engines
were supplied lubricated steam on this platform. Small traction
engines were very much in evidence-Kohl’s ‘Little Ben’
and ‘Little Ike’; Neal Hochstetler’s with 5 whistle
boara, Beck’s and Elmer Adam’s were all in operation. A
very small exact Road Roller and an Advance Traction were also
displayed. A hot air pumping engine was in operation.
For the amusement of ladies and children the R & T Railroad
operated continually as did the Batty Steam Joy Buggy. Many men
took rides on these two features, also. Visitors were present from
twelve states. Good eats as usual were available including a large
stock of real homemade pies. The ladies fancy work booth was also
quite an attraction.
Officers elected at the business meeting on Thursday evening
were as follows: President, Arthur S. Young, Kinzers, Pa.; First
Vice-President, C. Everett Young, Kinzers, Pa.; Second
Vice-President, Roy H. Herr, East Petersubrg, Pa.;
Secretary-Treasurer, Jane Y. Brackbill, R. D. l, Kinzers, Pa.;
Chaplain, Elmer L. Ritzman, Enola, Pa.; Solicitor, Ralph W. Eby,
Jr., Paradise, Pa.; Directors: Wm. P. Knotts, Philadelphia, Pa.; C.
E. Hershey, Paradise, Pa.; Willis H. Hershey, Paradise R. D., Pa.;
Arthur S. Kauffman, Mt. Joy, Pa.; and Wm. Brackin, Parkesburg,
The above are some of the main events of the Reunion. We feel
the affair was a success regardless of the rain.