PIONEER ENGINEERS HONOR PRESIDENT


| January/February 1980



Baker Uniflo engine

R.R. 6, Box 159, Greensburg, Indiana 47240

21 x 75 Baker Uniflo engine, No. 17318. Left to right in picture are: Lawrence Porter,  Nelson Howard, ???, E. F. Deck, Jack Maple and Bob Ramsay. All members of Pioneer  Engineers Club of Indiana. Picture taken on the Lawrence Porter Farm, Rush County, Indiana.

The Pioneer Engineers Club honored their president, Ray Jones, who retired after 25 years of service to the club, of which 21 years was served as president. Ray assumed the presidency in the fall of '56 and saw the show move from the Lawrence Porter farm to its present location at the Rush County Conservation Club east of Rushville.

Citing his age, 80, as a reason for stepping down, Ray expressed his gratitude to all the members who helped over the years make the show the success that it is today. On Sunday, August 5, the last day of the show, the club presented Ray with a plaque for his services. During the picture taking, the beautiful Indiana University Calliope played 'Back Home Again in Indiana.' Ray then mounted his former old 12 HP Russell engine to drive it through the parade for the last time as president. This year's show was a big success even though over 12 inches of rain fell the week before the show. Everything was in operation all three days. A large number of beautifully restored steam engines and tractors and gas engines were displayed. This year the feature outfits were a Rumely Oil Pull Road roller and an 1892 12 HP J. I. Case center crank return flue engine.

Saturday night an old time fiddlers contest was held and won by a young lady named Sharon Johnson of Greensburg, Indiana, while her sister, Karen, placed third. Dillard Armstrong of Bryant, Indiana, placed second.

This year the club had two calliopes. One was the Kitch calliope from Miamisburg, Ohio. This was featured last spring on CBS' 'O  The Road' with Charles Kuralt. The other was the largest calliope in the country, owned by Indiana University and mounted in a reproduction of a circus calliope. This beautiful show piece is shown throughout the country and appears each year in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade.