R.R. 1, Shawville, Quebec, Canada JOX 2YO
Many people in the Pontiac area probably have noticed the sound of a puffing steam traction engine and the 'bang' of an old gas engine quite frequently in the past months. The increasing interest in these wonderful old machines of a bygone era can be partly associated with the activities of a new club in the Pontiac area. A number of enthusiastic steam and gas engine collectors in Pontiac have formed a club. We call it the Pontiac. Steam and Gas Association. To our knowledge, it is the only steam and gas engine club in the province of Quebec which holds an annual steam show. We make our headquarter near Shawville, Quebec. Although a number of our members reside in other areas such as Chelsea, Aylmer, Ottawa etc. Our first steam show was held in 1975, just two short months after the club was formed. The show was a success and another was planned for 1976.
The Pontiac Steam & Gas Association held its second annual steam show on Aug. 27 and 28, 1976 at the farm of Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Campbell. For a small admission fee the many visitors to the show could stroll through the grounds and see steam traction engines puffing black smoke as they did in the past when the early farmers of this area used them to do the threshing and other farm work. The steam traction engines at the show included a 1895 -1900, 17 H.P. Sawyer and Massey exhibited by Mr. Eric J. Campbell, president of the Pontiac Steam & Gas Association. Also a 1907, 17 H.P. Sawyer and Massey exhibited by Mr. Willard E. Clarke of Chelsea, Que. Also a member of the club. There was also a beautifully restored 20 H.P. Waterloo engine owned and operated by Mr. T. A. Corrigan of Ottawa, formerly of Shawville. Mr. Corrigan has operated many types of steam engines throughout Pontiac in past years. The Ottawa Valley Steam Engine Association of Petawawa exhibited a 1924, 20 H.P. Goodison steam engine. Also exhibited by the Petawawa Club was an upright boiler and two very old stationary steam engines owned by Mr. Jim Brown of Petawawa. Among the vintage gas tractors on display were a John Deere model D and a Farmall F-20 owned by Mr. Eric J. Campbell. Also a 1929 Wallis 12-20 owned by Mr. Hector Overton of Aylmer. Also a nicely restored 1930, Rock Island 15-25 owned by Mr. Dave Hodgins of Shawville. There were also many types of old gas engines on display including Massey-Harris, I.M., Goold Shapley Muir, Teco, Lister, National, New Way and Eaton.
The show also had one of the best scale model displays in the Ottawa Valley, which was a big hit with both the young and old. Mr. Fred Moore a member of the club who is well known in the Ottawa Valley for his fine scale models had many of them on display. His collection includes a 20-22 Waterloo engine, a 33-48 Waterloo thresher, shingle mill, saw mill, cord wood saw, Massey 44 tractor; all working models built by Mr. Moore. Two other fine models were a 3' scale model of a 1915 Case 65 H.P. built and exhibited by Mr Gordon Weedmark of Ottawa, also a member of the club. There was also a scale model of a 1915 Case built and exhibited by Mr. Percy Gervais of Petawawa, Ontario.
Other attractions which were very popular during the show were the saw mill owned and operated by Mr. Garry Overton of Aylmer. Log sawing demonstrations took place during the show as well as log hewing, grain threshing, corn shelling and grinding. The many visitors enjoyed the live evening entertainment which included an old time fiddling & step dancing competition as well as a variety show. Hot meals were available as well as other refreshments and the many visitors took advantage of these booths as well as the souvenir booth operated by the club.
A plaque commemorating the 1976 steam show was presented to each exhibitor. To sum it up, the 1976 Steam Show was a huge success and plans are in progress for an even better show for 1977.