Muddy: But No Smoker

| November/December 1994

9374 Roosevelt Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307

The Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Association, Inc., held their annual show in Pawnee, Oklahoma, over the weekend of May 6,7,8, 1994. Despite some evening rain and cloudy weather, the reunion was enjoyed by old friends, members, exhibitors and by all those who came to enjoy the weekend.

With other parts of the show grounds standing quiet and still, engineers were out early each morning preparing their engines for another day's work. The grates, as hpans and flues all being cleaned, engines given fresh oil and grease. A check of the water tank level and a double check of the boiler water level; only then is there a good fire kindled. Soon smoke begins to appear as each engine is fired up.

By 10:00 a.m. most of the large steam engines and scale steam engines on the grounds are steamed up and ready for action. Some of the engineers and engines at the reunion were: Dale Wolf of Cushing, Oklahoma, with his 16-50 Nichols and Shepard; Francis Fegal's 80 HP Case; Chady Atteberry, of Blackwell, Oklahoma, brought his 40 HP Case and 20-70 Nichols and Shepard; Tom Forman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, came to the reunion with a 12 HP 1899 Case compound and 18HP return flue Huber; 30-98 Nichols and Shepard owned by Henry and Paul Martin; Lois Wood's 18 HP Wood Brothers; Ed Larson's Mustang was at the show with his 6 HP Russell Port; Lymon Knapp's Canton Monitor; John Fry of Newalla, Oklahoma, and his 18 HP Greyhound, with its new decals; Kenneth Kelley's and Cecil Kelley's family 110 HP Case; Kenneth Sullivan's 50 HP Case; Floyd Kelley's 28 HP Minneapolis; Steve Dunn's 20 HP double Keck-Gonnerman.

All engineers took pride in handling their machines. Amos Rixman was busy each day, providing owners and engineers the opportunity to prove themselves and their machines. Bleachers were nearby for those who wished their use, while many individuals stood near each engine as they pulled on the brake and listened. Others preferred to stand, watch and listen to Amos at the brake itself.

Near the lineup of engines one finds the sawmill busy over the weekend show. No fancy bleachers found here, onlookers make good use of the logs waiting to be sawed. John Fry's Greyhound and Dale Wolf's Nichols and Shepard were among the engines that pulled the sawmill.