The Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc., held its yearly meeting for the election of officers and other 1958 business that came up, Saturday, at the Rush Co., Conservation Club Clubhouse. The following officers were re-elected for 1958: President, Ray Jones, R. R. 2, Sunman, Ind.; Vice-President, Paul Alyea, R. R. 1, Greenfield, Ind.; Treasurer, Anthony Moorman, R. R. 6, Greensburg, Ind.; Secretary, John J. Menchhofer, 3520 W. 12th St., Indianapolis, Ind.
In 1948 when this Club was organized it had just a few members and fewer engines. Little did we think that in this short period of 10 years it would have hundreds of members, and a very large number of steam engines, that it now has.
Our visitors last year came to see the Reunion by the thousands and went away well pleased with what they saw.
Although we had a very good show last year the Club is planning now to have a better show this year. So, make a date to visit us in '58.
THE CLUB, John J. Menchhofer, Sec.
Mr. Hobart Myers of Courthouse, C 8, Minot, North Dakota, has been in the Vets Hospital with a major operation. He said he was uncomfortable for quite a while but when the May-June issue of the ALBUM came his spirits rose and is now all pepped up.
We surely wish a very speedy recovery for Mr. Myers.
The old steamer pictured on page 16 of the Jan.-Feb. 1958 issue was used to saw wood for the wood burner locomotives of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada.
MR. PAUL WEEKS, Box 656, Altoona, Pennsylvania
Mr. Walter W. Austin passed away last September. His home was in Quincy, Michigan. He belonged to the National Threshers Reunion. Always a thresherman & saw mill man. He also worked as a stationary engineer at the Quincy Portland Cement Works. He was well liked and left a host of friends. Reported by Elmer M. Ransburg, Quincy, Michigan.
By LEROY F. LEVINE 8
58 Leonard, Avenue, De Kalb, Illinois
Marking a year of activity with definite signs of good health, the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club celebrated its first birthday recently.
There were two highlights. One came with the introduction of honored guests, Mr. and Mrs. .Charles B Townsend, and the presentation to them of life memberships in the club. Mrs. Townsend is the former Ruth Rumely, a descendant of the Rumely family of LaPorte, Indiana, one of those prominent in the manufacture of steam engines. Her father, WilliamRumely, was also president and general manager of the Illinois Threshers Co., whose building was located in Sycamore, Illinois.
Newton Guild, a director of the club who lives in Elburn, Illinois, owns the last Illinois thresher made by the former Sycamore firm.
The second highlight was the presentation to the club of a gavel. The gavel was made in the shape of a steam whistle, brightly polished. Floyd Newhall, club member, was responsible for its creation and had made it from walnut which came from a tree planted 105 years ago on the Jordan farm by the great-grandfather of the club president, Rupert Jordan.