Deja vu

| November/December 1995

9374 Roosevelt Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Once again the rain fell over Pawnee, in the early month of May, as the Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Associatior held their annual show.

Early Friday morning the sweet smell of dawn begins to flow from each of the stacks, as the row of steam engines stand in silence of old friends. Soon the gentle pace of the reunion begins; near the lineup of engines one finds the sawmill busy over the weekend.

Threshing, Amos Rixmann and Prony brake, the Pawnee Express, live music, antique cars and trucks, gas engines, the flea market and craft areas and a new blacksmith shop were just part of the weekend events.

After the parade the 'Elgin Watch' 40 took her place at the base of the incline. For the past few years Chady Atteberry has claimed that his last year on the incline was near. Chady has been encouraging a few of the younger engineers so that one day they can carry on the skill of the incline to a new generation.

With this being his 'last year,' extra preparations were taken with the incline with two additional flags. Even security was added to insure the spectators would remain at a safe distance. All mud and dirt was removed from the wheel of the 'Elgin Watch.' All loose wood and debris was removed from the incline. By now the governor belt had been removed and a complete check of the engine and boiler was being made by Chady himself. Amos Rixmann is now providing information on the steam traction engine.