Five Men From Five States


| May/June 1960



Mr. Floyd Carter

Huntington, Indiana

As an example of how the Grand Old Steam Engines can be Friendship Builders, let me relate a delightful experience my wife and I had a few years ago.

It was late afternoon, July 6, 1954, when Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Enders stopped at our home and invited us to join them on a trip to Franklin, Illinois, to attend the Rees Steam Engine Day. It was soon agreed that if the Enders would stay over night with us, we would go along with them the next day. So after 24 hours and 310 miles, we arrived at the lovely Rees homestead where we found considerable activity as old engines and threshers were being made ready for the big show on the next day.

As Heaven was beginning to touch the earth with rest, word came from the house that supper was ready. Very suddenly we were aware of the gracious hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Rees. After some introductions and the renewal of acquaintances, we found ourselves around a gorgeous and heavily laden table with food to the likings of the hungriest of old threshermen.

Around that bounteous table were: our hosts, Milford and Vella Rees of Illinois; the late Henery J. Luck-singer, affectionately remembered as Father Time, of Missouri; Ray and Emma Ernst of Iowa; Gilbert and Catherin Enders of Ohio; and Inez Plasterer and I of Indiana. There we were -- five men from five states. We were brought together by the Grand Old Steam Engines. In the science of chemistry, a substance that causes by its mere presence an action to take place but is not itself affected is known as a catalytic agent or a catalyst. So the presence of the steam engines at the Rees home were catalysts to bring together five men from five states, to provide them with delightful fellowship, and to make them friends for the rest of their days.

The five men from five states taken July 9th, 1954, the morning after the Reese Steam Engine Day. There are six in the picture as Mr. Floyd Carter of Monmouth, Illinois, had just returned the big Avery from the Show Grounds to the Reese yard in time to step into the picture. Both Mr. Enders and Mr. Reese agreed that their favorite engine, the old Advance, should stand in the background. The men from left to right are: Ray Ernst, Iowa; Henry J. Lucksinger, Missouri; Floyd Carter, Illinois; Eiffel Plasterer, Indiana; Gilbert Engers, Ohio; and Milford Reese, Illinois.