REPORT OF ANNUAL REUNION OF TRI-STATE HISTORICAL STEAM ENGINE


| May/June 1970


Secretary R.D.I, Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022

For the thirteenth time, an outstanding display of steam traction engines, tractors, threshers and balers, provided an interesting exhibition for the few thousand spectators who attended from the tri-state area. The event was held at the M.D. Fullerton farm, near Burgettstown, Pa. on September 19-20. Heavy rain in outlying areas kept several hundred persons from attending, although we were able to operate during the entire two days, with only occasional showers. After more than 10 years of near-perfect weather for the event, we realized we would have to expect a mild set-back upon occasion. But, we hope to be right back in there for the 1970 edition of our reunion.

As usual, careful adherence to a schedule, kept the show moving from mid-forenoon to late evening. The main feature, threshing and baling, was demonstrated several times daily. A fan, loaned us by Ralph Bowden, Zanes-ville, Ohio, in addition to the one regularly used, enabled both the steam engines and tractors to take their turn. We find the fans are creating much interest, but the inquiries put to us by onlookers are not easy to answer. For instance, 'What is the purpose of that thing?' The sawmill attracted many interested persons several times daily, and the shingle mill is always a popular attraction. Twice daily, all horses, traction engines and tractors in fact anything with wheels that will propel itself-made their way around the large barn yard in spectacular parades. This never fails to attract the spectators.

The customary number and variety of make of traction engines was present. A newcomer was the 12 hp. Star, owned by J.H. Fleming, Sarver, Pa. And the 110 Case was on deck with a proud new owner. Willis R. Abel, of Finleyville, Pa. acquired it during the summer. His father, Willis T. Abel, you can be sure, was on hand at all times to assist his son. You see, Willis, Sr. got his experience with these engines many years ago in the Kansas wheat fields. Willis also owns a 25 hp. Russell, which he plans to have ready for the next show. If you happen to be past Mineral Beach, near Finleyville, stop and have a look at the Willis Abel Enterprises. And last but not least, we had the beautiful 6' model of the 65 Case, accompanying the 3' model of the same, built and shown by their proud owners, Thos. Hatcher and Son, of New Concord, Ohio. Our hats are all off to these men, as they show these two beautiful engines. Our oldest owner and engineer, Ed. Aten, had his 65 Case ready at all times and also found time to look after the stationary boiler at the table for steam models and smaller engines.

Our tractor department is still improving. The usual ones were there, and Louis McMaster has added a Sixty Caterpillar to his growing collection which included a 5 Ton Caterpillar. And Mrs. McMaster was right handy with the Atterbury truck, which dates back to the 1920's. In all, we were able to show about 20 tractors of varied makes and all in fine condition.

Dean Redd had both of his Keystone machines in operation. The size 3 Steam Well Driller was in charge of Glenn Leyda while Dean took care of the Model 3 Steam Skimmer Shovel. W.H. Cowan, Beaver Falls, Pa. was on hand with his horse power baler, one of very few in the entire U.S. It was built by Panama Hay Press Co. Kansas City, Mo. and is always a feature attraction.






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