| January/February 1966

  • Getz Calliope
    Courtesy of Mrs. E. W. Schaefer, Sec, 263 W. George St., Yoe, Pa. Mrs. Lorena Miller at keyboard of Calliope - Irwin Hoffman explaining. This is a Getz Calliope. Photo by Art Crafts.
    Art Crafts

  • Getz Calliope

Sec. 263 W. George St., Yoe, Penna.

The eighth Annual Steam-O-Rama sponsored by the Early American Steam Engine Society was held July 22, 23 and 24 at Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.

We received many favorable comments, both oral and written, that this was the best show society ever held. There were many very interesting displays and exhibits, all depicting some of the methods of farming and sawing of yesteryear.

There were 14 steam engines, 6 oil pulls and 12 gas tractors. In 'Gasoline Alley', there were approximately 115 gas engines, every one in running order. The steam table under the supervision of C. K. Longenderfer is creating more interest. This year a few more brought their small steam models. Some of the models were run by air.

The main attraction was the completed calliope by the Getz brothers of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This past year, Mr. Noah Getz installed a fuel oil burner and boiler on the truck bed and encased it, similar to a van. The center part is open on both sides to expose the calliope, in fact, it has the appearance of a stage. Since the boiler and burner have been installed it can be used in parades. It made its initial appearance in our steam engine parade, therefore we had another 'First'.

Another feature which created a lot of interest was Sam Osborne's blacksmith shop. Although there were no horses to be shod, Sam was kept busy making miniature horse shoes for the ladies.