The hand-powered Groundhog Thresher--threshing the old fashioned way!
R. R. 6, Box 315 North Vernon, Indiana 47265
The 44th annual Reunion of the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana took place August 7-9, 1992. That weekend, some parts of Indiana received as much as ten inches of rain. At the show grounds in Rushville however, there was just enough to wet down the grounds for spark shows. Saturday night, we had an 'early' show, put on by Al New with his 24-76 Port Huron, and a 'late' show with Barry Moorman's 23-90 A. D. Baker belted up.
In addition to steam fireworks, the show had not one, but two 'ground hog' threshers. One was a belt driven machine, powered by Bill Stahl's 1864 Gaar portable. The other was a hand cranked machine driven by anyone interested in human powered farming. Quite a crowd gathered to watch threshing done the old fashioned way.
The club had a fine display of John Deere tractors, ranging from a Waterloo Boy to a model 'R' with a cab. Other tractors on display included an IH Titan 15-30, an IH Mogul 8-16, a Bradley, a Shaw Du-All, and a good selection of Silver Kings and Rumely Oil Pulls. 'New' machines at the show included Dan Spalding's 12 HP M Rumely built in 1896 (the featured steam engine), Al New's 15-30 Rumely Gas Pull, and a 20 HP Frick engine, owned and beautifully restored by Ed Herman. In all, 27 steam engines, eight model steam engines, over 300 tractors, and over 100 gas engines were at the show. The show also had a large flea market, displays of old tools, a blacksmith, and the Festival Wagon with its collection of old radios and player pianos.
For the 45th annual reunion, August 6th, 7th, and 8th, 1993, the Pioneer Engineer's Club of Indiana is extremely pleased to host the first Rumely Collector's Expo. Rumely Oil Pulls, gas tractors, and Rumely Company memorabilia of all types will be displayed. The show's main theme is Rumely and Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment. It will feature Larry and Martha Spalding's 20 HP Advance Rumely, Al New's 15-30 Rumely Gas Pull, and Mrs. and Mrs. Joe Lambert's 6 HP Rawleigh and Schryer gas engine.
The show will be held at the Rush County Conservation Club grounds, one mile east of Rushville, Indiana on Highway 44. The rearranged show grounds provide more space for displays and easier access for visitors. Steam engines, tractors, and gas engines will operate a sawmill, threshing machines, a stone crusher, cornmeal grinders, and Baker fans on all three days.
For information contact Dan Spalding, 5241 S. Columbus Rd., Shelbyville, IN 46176; Tracy Porter, R. 6, Rushville. IN 46173; or Pat Schrank, 21097 Hickory Rd., Batesville, IN 47006.