HOMESTEAD POWER SHOW Highland, Illinois


| September/October 1998



15 HP Keck-Gonnerman

R.R. 13, Box 209 Brazil, Indiana 47834

David Weder, 16, and his sister Annie in front of their father's 18 HP Gaar Scott #14530 which they operated during the Highland, Illinois show. It is certainly nice to see teenagers take an active role in the steam hobby.

How many times have you driven several miles to a steam show to find the show has gotten smaller over the years, or the engines are not mechanically able to pull a load, much less put on a good steam show?

The show at Highland, Illinois, will not disappoint you. The group that puts on this show strives to have different engines and equipment at each year's show, and this year will be no exception.

1902 15 HP Keck-Gonnerman owned by Joe Graziana of Wood River, Illinois, at the Highland Show. This is the only 15 HP Keck-Gonnerman that is still around.

Highland had roots in steam long before steam was considered a hobby. One of the engines at the show that is a part of this history is an 18 HP Gaar Scott #14,530. The engine was purchased new by a Mr. Berker and was run for several years when it was decided that a new boiler was needed. The engine was taken to the Luetwiler Boiler Shop at Highland. Bert Luetwiler, who ran the shop, was a third generation boiler repairman who repaired all types of steam engines. A good amount of his business was the repair of Gaar Scott steam engines. The reason for this was due to the fact that sending an engine back to the Gaar Scott factory in Richmond, Indiana, to be rebuilt would mean an expensive railroad bill plus the cost of the repairs. As a result, Bert Luetwiler had a large stock of patterns to make new parts for most of the repairs needed on Gaar Scott engines. Mr. Luetwiler did many types of boiler repairs but did not build complete boilers, as many companies were still in the business of building new boilers.