Oklahoma Steam Threshers & Gas Engine Association Steam School Class of 1997

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9374 Roosevelt Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Arriving early in Pawnee, Oklahoma, I soon found myself among
old friends Chady Atteberry, Tommy Lee, Larry Creed, Bob and Jim
Russell, Steve Dunn, Shane Frey, Ivan Burns, Ed Larsen, Joe
Graziana, in naming just a few.

The School itself was not set up or promoted as a school to
teach one to run an engine from scratch, but will help those who
attend to run and take greater care of their engines and the
engines they run.

Chady Atteberry heads and runs the school, but it’s the help
and work of others that make it possible. The weekend was filled
with a slide show, seminars, good food, video and a short story, or
two, from Chady.

Joe Graziana and Larry Creed began the weekend discussing engine
problems, more specifically the ‘Troubles of Boilers and Pretty
Paint;’ briefly discussing a few things to watch for, including
boiler wear that you cannot always see. Larry continued with some
of today’s ‘smarts’ of boiler repair, with some
highlights on right and wrong ways of testing these old boilers.
Ivan Burns gave instructions on proper lubrication. Larry provided
some information on where to locate good cylinder oil.

Soon it was time for lunch, good food and a story from Chady.
Paul Martens was the weekend instructor on plumbing, with a handout
that was done a short time ago by Lyle Hoff master.

Just part of Joe Graziana instructions included sawmills,
governors, babbitting, and HOME BREW Belt Dressing.’

Two of the local members fired up the engines over the weekend,
John Fry with his Greyhound and Steve Dunn and his Keck Gonnerman,
along with watching a brief sawmill demonstration.

With good food, fellowship, a little more knowledge and stories
from Chady, the weekend was a success. Over sixty individuals from
Oklahoma, Indiana, Maryland, Kansas, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky,
Texas, and New Mexico, came to Pawnee, Oklahoma Steam School of
1997.

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