Gary Yaeger, 146 Reimer Lane, Whitefish, Montana 59937 sent these pictures taken during their steam-up at Carl Mehmke's on September 23, 1996. At left, Carl Mehmke stands in front of his father's 32 HP Case, displaying his National Gas and Steam Hall of Fame plaque.
The picture shows the Montana licensed engineers present at the steam-up to play, plow, visit, celebrate and just have fun with the engines. On the plow, left to right, are Mike Yaeger, of Helena; Carl Mehmke; Dean Ailing (of Burbank, California, but licensed in Montana); and Gary Yaeger. Standing in the middle row are Jim Spevacek, Geraldine; Dick Tombrink, Worden; Clyde Corley, Geraldine; and Austin Monk, Kalispell. Kneeling in front are Dave Vanek, Lewistown; Jim Waldbillig, Phillipsburg; Don Bradley, Forsyth; and Ove Larson, Dutton. Gary listed the engineers by town, noting that it is nearly the same distance diagonally across Montana from northwest to southeast as it is from Chicago to Washington, D.C.
Gary notes, 'Anyone traveling through the Great Falls area, who hasn't seen the Mehmke Museum, is in for a real treat. The public is always welcome, and the Mehmkes are magnificent hosts.' For more word from Gary Yaeger, read this issue's 'Soot in the Flues' column.