Show Co-Chairman and Director P. O. Box 636 Easton, Maryland 21601
This past July 10, 11, 12, 1998, the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Engine Association, Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary. Our show grounds are located five miles north of Easton, Maryland, on U. S. Rt 50. We are proud to say we own our own grounds, and have ever since the beginning. This was one of our greatest reunions ever. It takes at least a whole year's planning to put on a successful show. Our show committee, which consists of all our standing committee chairmen and directors, is continually trying to find new exhibits and exhibitors to participate in our show.
I think even the newest person to our hobby realizes it takes a lot of us 'Iron Men' to put on a show. At our show, I'm proud to say we even have a few 'Iron Women' that help put on the show, but we sure could use more help at times, whatever the gender.
At this year's show we had some friends bring their steam tractors down from Pennsylvania and Delaware. Norman Gay brought his 1895 8 x10 Frick traction engine and Mike brought his Farquhar traction engine from Rough and Tumble. For the third year Butch Biesecker brought his immaculately restored Keck-Gonnerman. Norm and Mike were an extra special hit when they belted to our Baker fan late Saturday night for a spark show. WOW!
A trademark sales ploy for the Frick Co. So we tried it. Jamie Hall of Church Hill, Maryland, at the throttle of his Frick 8 x 10 #17590. After six years of restoration, 53 new castings, parts, machining, Imron paint, original striping and twenty years of sitting idle, she ran like a Swiss watch. Belted backwards to Eric and Pat Harvey's Lane shingle mill at the third annual Old Queen Anne's Days at the museum in Centreville, Maryland, 1998.
Norman Gay's Spark Show: Take one 1895 8 x 10 Frick, one belt, one Baker fan, one good hot fire, add five bushels sawdust, planer chips or shingle dust. Combine late at night. Get: one pretty good late night iron man spark show. Everybody loved it! Just another unexpected highlight of our 25th annual show.
Anyone wishing to bring a steam related exhibit to our show is always welcome. If you are coming from another state and you do not have a current Maryland boiler inspection, please contact us as soon as possible to have your engine inspected in time for our 1999 show.
We currently have ten traction engines on our show grounds regularly. We also have a couple portables and a stationary steam building full of mill engines. Next year we plan to welcome back the club's Peerless U 1-2. This engine has had some extensive firebox and mud ring replacement. There were a great many of you who asked about the location of this engine and its condition. It will be back next year! Good as new!
Butch Biesecker of Bear, Delaware, displays his beautifully restored Keck Gonnerman in front of the Rural Life Building at Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association's 25th annual show. Jan Redpath has just dedicated her late husband Art, an avid steam enthusiast and collector, and invites her family to come up and blow the whistle.
This year in our Rural Life Museum, we were proud to have members of the John Kauffman family display some of his paintings and models. Mr. Kauffman worked for the Frick Company for many years, striping and painting equipment by day and painting farm scenes at night. We look forward to having them back in 1999 if their schedule permits.
At our 25th reunion we did have a few problems. We almost ran out of parking, again. The worst problem was running out of room for our gas engine exhibitors. For a time Saturday, our gas engine folks got to meet a lot of new friends as we moved them in tighter and tighter. We will have more room next year!
We are also very proud to say our steam model area was almost filled to capacity with all sorts of unusual models. It seems more and more people are putting together complete exhibits to bring to shows. This really can add to the show if you have ample room. This is where the year's worth of planning come in. Our show grounds are forty-two acres and it sure gets small fast, but with proper planning it all works out.
There is certainly a lot more that goes on at our show than a bunch of dirty old steam engines threshing wheat, sawing logs and shingles, plowing, tractor pulling or just milling around. But this is the Iron MenAlbum and that is what we want to hear about.
Looking forward past the smokestack toward next year's show, I can tell you it is going to be big. We are already expecting at least two new regular steam engines. The first one is Jamie Hall's 1915 8 x 10 Frick traction engine, a must-see-frame restoration, including Imron paint and 50 some new castings. This is a factory original restoration straight from the blueprints, a true one-of-a-kind. The second new engine is my own, an 1899 Frick traction engine weighing in at a meager 12,000 pounds.
Hopefully, our equestrian building will be completed sometime after the 1999 show. This new building will house our groundhog threshers, as well as our five-horse sweep. Each year the Lapp family from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, demonstrates with the help of their five Belgian mares. Our horse sweep is hooked to a small wooden barn thresher. It will be so much nicer to have all of this out of the hot July sun.
In conclusion, on behalf of the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association, Inc., I would like to thank all of those 'Iron Men' who inspired us so long ago. Without that inspiration from our forefathers we might have lost all of this precious equipment that changed a primitive nation, and gave us the knowledge to appreciate and operate the equipment. Again, thank you and we will see you all again at our 26th Reunion July 9,10, 11, 1999.
This photo of the group of enthusiasts standing around a Frick steam engine in the hot sun might not seem too important. But, actually, the guy with the flashlight and clip board is our state boiler inspector, Ron Warden. And it's a hot Saturday, July 11, 1998. The second day of our 25th Annual Show. Now you can start to understand why I sent in the photo. This never happens. A boiler inspector out on his own time, Saturday during show time. Two engines showed up late Friday night from Rough and Tumble and a model from North Carolina. It didn't take long and here he was, wife, four kids, flashlight and coveralls. And after a thorough inspection and hydrotest new show pieces were fired up and ready for the day.
This is the kind of dedication that is needed to prolong this hobby. Without support from local officials and a good team of volunteers to help put on a show, it might all be lost. Here I'm proud to say is a group of young people that are hard working and get the job done. This is why Ron wanted to come out and inspect these three engines. So they could be shown properly under steam. Eric Harvey, Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association