The Pioneer Engineer Club of Indiana held their annual business meeting at the Rushville Country Conservation Club grounds on State Road 44 east of Rushville, Indiana on Saturday evening October 1, 1966.
At 6:00 we had a pitch-in dinner. We think we have a good bunch of cooks and good workers in our Club.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by our President, Ray Jones and officers for the coming year was elected, which are:
President, Ray Jones, Sunman, Ind. Vice-President, Lawrence Porter, Rushville
Secretary, Eldon Myers, Indianapolis Treasurer, Anthoney Moorman, Greensburg
With four new Directors appointed: Ralph W. Shelburne, Zionsville, Ind. Larry Eubanks, Acton, Indiana Russell Holmes, Louisville, Ky. Roily Draut, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
The meeting was closed by Ray Jones with everyone having a good time. Our next show date is August 4, 5, 6, 1967.
By Scott McCormick, Princeton, Wisconsin
If some of the readers want to know how I happened to be interested in steam tractors and threshing machinery, I'll tell them.
My father ran a creamery in a rural neighborhood near Stevens Point. My brothers and I had threshing machinery put in front of us from the time we were big enough to see anything.
Our first experience with a steam engine was in the creamery. It was a fifteen horse Erie engine. We started and stopped that engine quite a few times.
Father took farm separated cream when a hauler would arrive at the creamery. He and the hauler would dump the cream from octagonal cans into a cream ripener. When the cream was in the ripener, one of us would start the engine. This would run the coil in the ripener. Ice water was circulated through the coil. This took close to an hour and we learned that when we went to start the engine, we knew that we had to turn the flywheel to get it off dead center and open the petcocks to let off the condensed water.
I would like to know if anybody was interested in the old engines that ran creameries and skimming stations. They were Victor Erie, Frost, Water-town, Richards Iron Works, Gem, Jewell, Frick, Clark and Creapaco. I have tried to get catalogs of those old engines. I have been a little successful so far. I can't locate Watertown or Richards Iron Works. I got one of Erie. Frost and Leffel engines.
Pro: 'Can you tell me anything about the great chemists of the 17th century?'
Con: 'They are all dead, sir.'
By John E. Logan, Secretary 635 So. Main St., Urbana, Ohio 43078
A few weeks ago we had a complete report on last year's show with a membership meeting, a potluck dinner and film of parade and other activities of the reunion. Our audit report showed that we were able to pay all expenses for the year which made everyone very happy.
Officers for the coming year will be George Edinger, President; Chester King, Vice President; John E. Logan, Secretary; E. L. Wilkins, Treasurer; and Robert E. Price, Chaplain. It was voted to increase single gate admission from 750 to $1.00 for next year. Our membership dues are also being increased from $2.50 to $3.00
The 1967 show will be held here in Urbana, Ohio, Champaign County Fairgrounds, and the dates will be July 21, 22 and 23. There will also be evening shows on Friday and Saturday of the show in the amphitheatre at no extra charge.
If you wish you may use this letter to notify all your readers of our show dates for the coming year. Please carry these, too, in all issues up to show time. Your support and interest in the past in all our activities has been appreciated and we hope you write us saying you and your friends can attend our reunion this next year. The Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, Inc.