| January/February 1964

  • 16 hp Russell engine
    16 hp Russell engine owned by Paul Tustin, Columbus, Ohio. Ira Tustin standing on engine. Picture taken during 14th annual reunion of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Assn., Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 1963.

  • 16 hp Russell engine

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Mechanicsburg, Ohio The sun was shining this 26th day of July when the Miami Valley Steam Threshers opened the gates of their 14th annual show; the weather seemed just right for a week-end of activities.

More than 30 big engines were on the grounds fired up and ready for action; several smaller traction and portable engines were on the job as well as a fine assortment of gas engines.

Our good president, George Edinger, welcomed all the regular engineers as well as several newcomers. George calls the boys together every morning for a 'pep' talk and plans are outlined for the day's work. His project for this year was to have a hydrostatic test on all boilers for the safety of all concerned; in this we had 100% cooperation.

We were very happy to have visitors from other steam shows this year including Mr. Abram E. Johnson, Marion, New York, who is Director of the New York Steam Engine Association. With him were Mr. Wilbur Winters and Mr. John Callward of Seneca Falls, New York. Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Blaker of the National Threshers Association also spent a couple of days with us. We also had the officers and participants from the Darke County Steam Threshers and the Richland County Steam Threshers Association. We hope they will all return again next year.

Among the newcomers to out show this year were Mr. 0. W. Nichols, Pickerington, Ohio, with a 20-24 George White & Son engine; Mr. Dan Heidi, Sandusky, Ohio, with his 9 HP Case engine; Mr. Tom Woodard, Belleville, Ohio, with a 24 HP Greyhound engine; Mr. Harold Klamfoth, New Albany, Ohio with a 50 HP Case Engine; Mr. Herbert Lenner, Carey, Ohio, with a 10 HP Huber engine; Mr. Leonard Lambert, New Paris, Ohio, with a 23-90 Baker engine; Mr. Percy Sherman, Palmyra, Michigan, with a 12 HP Frick engine, and Mr. Russell Flora, Tipp City, Ohio, with a 20-40 Case tractor.