Pioneer Engineer's Celebrate Silver Anniversary


| November/December 1973



Veneer mill

R.R. 6, Greensburg, Indiana 47240

The Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana, Inc. held their Silver Anniversary Reunion on August 3, 4, 5 at their show grounds 1 mile east of Rushville, Indiana. The show was held under 3 days of beautiful sunshine. The club recorded one of the largest crowds in its 25 years.

Twenty-five large steam engines of 13 different manufacturers were shown, along with nearly 50 tractors and oil pulls. There were large numbers of gasoline engines, model steam engines, antiques, and flea markets. We were extremely proud of the different makes of engines. They were: Baker, Case, Port Huron, M. Rumely, Advance, Advance Rumely, Gaar Scott, Peerless, Aultman Taylor, Huber, Keck-Gonnerman, Russell, and Kelly-Springfield.

New to the show was a beautifully restored 16 h.p. Aultman Taylor owned by Calvin Whittaker of Pendleton. He just restored it this summer and showed it for the first time at Rushville. It is one of 3 in Indiana. Another new engine was a 19 h.p. Keck owned by Bob Hughes of Bloomington. This engine set in a shed for a number of years and looks and runs like new. Charles Williams and Lester Oeder of near Morrow, Ohio took pride in their newly restored 23-90 Baker. Jerry Moorman of Greensburg showed a 50 h.p. Case that had been used in Kentucky for steaming tobacco beds. It stood idle for a good many years before its restoration last summer.

The largest engine was an 80 h.p. Case owned by Lawrence Walker of Morgantown, Indiana. The feature engine was an M. Rumely double cylinder engine owned by the Harold Beckom family of Kokomo. This was chosen because it was an Indiana manufactured engine and only 1 of 4 left of its kind. Each day this engine threshed wheat with a Baker separator owned by Lawrence Porter of Rushville. Each year Lawrence supplies the grain for the show. We are grateful to Lawrence and his neighbor, Marion Liggett, for providing the grain.

Melvin Lugten of Hamilton, Michigan brought his veneer mill. Sawing demonstrations were held by Anthony Moorman and Chester Hiler. Baker fan testing was held continuously through the show.