Northeast Steam & Gas Association


| January/February 1995



Nichols & Shepard

25-85 Nichols & Shepard owned by Graham Sellers, at the LaGrange, Indiana Show.

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

One of the many interesting aspects of the steam hobby is the locations of different steam shows around the country. I work swing shift for an electric utility and can only attend shows on certain weekends. As a result of this I spend a considerable amount of time consulting my atlas and steam show guide. I particularly enjoy attending a show I have never been to and seeing different engines. The 'new' show I attended this year was the Northeast Steam and Gas Association Show at LaGrange, Indiana.

The LaGrange Show was well worth the 225 miles (one way) I drove to get there. The first stop after arriving was at the Cockshutt tent, which was the feature tractor at the show. The display not only had Cockshutts but many Co-Op and Blackhawk tractors also. I saw many different tractors I had not seen before.

The Cockshutt Company was broken in 1959 by 'corporate raiders' who specialized in stripping companies by selling off different divisions for their cash value. This allowed White Equipment in 1961 to claim credit for a brand new self-propelled combine into whose design they had almost no input.

Even though you may prefer an Allis Chalmers or a John Deere, I believe everyone should show support by patronizing vendors who are connected with the feature equipment. I hope the Cockshutt people were satisfied with the results as you could see they had put a lot of effort into their displays and equipment. My older half-brother and his wife drove 650 miles from near Kansas City, Missouri, to attend this show mainly to see the 'Gathering of the Red.'

After purchasing a new Cockshutt hat, I headed to the steam area. I was pleasantly surprised to find the feature engine of the show was a 20 HP Harrison Jumbo (as I own a 17 HP Jumbo myself). That afternoon I tracked down the owner of the Jumbo, Bob Laughlin. Bob was surprised to learn that there was another Jumbo in the state of Indiana. Bob who is on the show's board of directors is a spry 80-year old. His Jumbo is serial #2344, 20 HP with an 8 x 11 cylinder which develops 65 brake HP. The engine cost $3500.00 in 1928 with rocker grates costing $15.00 additional.