| May/June 1955

The fourth annual Reunion and Steam Show of the Old Time Threshers and Sawmill Operators was held on the James Whitbey farm at Fort Wayne, Indiana. The reunion ran for four days, opening on, Thursday, August 19th and running through Sunday, August 22, 1954.

There were 16 large steam traction engines on display. Engine exhibitors were Clint Bloom, Albion, Indiana, 20 hp. double cylinder Frick; Mac Keller, Auburn, Ind., 24 hp. Port Huron and 2380 Baker; John Richard Harper, New Haven, Ind., 12 hp. M. Rumley; John Harper, of New Haven, Ind., 18 hp. Buffalo-Pitts; Ralph Lindsay, Los Angeles, California, 1919 50 hp. Case; Harold Gay, Decatur, Indiana, 24 hp. Greyhound; LeRoy Jinnings, Butler, Ind., 60 hp. Case; Dick and Edgar Garman, Huntertown, Ind., 18 hp. Advance Rumley; James Conrad, Ashley, Ind., 65 hp. Case and 22 hp. Advance Rumley; Eiffiel Plasterer of Huntington, Ind., 16 hp. Kitten, Wm. Plasterer, Huntington, Ind., 18 hp. Huber; Melvin Lugten, Hamilton, Mich., 18 hp. Keck-Gonnerman; James Whitbey, Fort Wayne, Ind., 20 hp. M. Rumley and 6 hp. Leffel upirght; Charles and Jim Winebrinner, Ligonier, Ind., 16 hp. Advance.

Smaller models were F. W. Bloom, Churubusco, Ind., designer and the builder of his double cylinder 5 hp. Engine No. 1 and his working model threshing machine. Ralph Shellbourne designer and builder of his model Advance 4 hp. engine; Carter Dalton, Ambia, Ind., 4 hp. Advance models. There were also several smaller models.

A large sawmill was sawing lumber every day. Two threshing machines threshed wheat from a large stack. The straw was baled with Eiffiel Plasterer's Ann Arbor steam power baler, bales weighing near 200 pounds. F. W. Bloom also baled with his miniature baler. Other attractions were David Sullivan with his corn shredder, the prony brake, the resisting fan, tug-of-war, steam engine races, parading of engines. Water was pumped with steam.

There were engines on-the-go all the time. We hope to have the same gang back again next year and loads of fun.

Nancy Gerber
9/30/2010 1:29:20 AM

I am the Grandaughter of the late James Whitbey. He owned a 20 HP Rumely (Susie-Q), I remember going to the show held on his farm off the Carroll Road Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since his passing the Susie_Q was sold to someone in Michigan, I have been searching for more information on her. She was sold by a family member on my step Grandma Susie's side. We have no other information on the Susie-Q. I was wondering if you knew the where abouts of this great and popular steam engine?


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