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.
C.R. Fullerton and daughters continue to provide fresh supplies of first class wheat flour and corn meal. It is bought faster than they can mill it on the old burr-stone mill. And they make mighty fine eating when prepared in the proper manner. I suppose the reason is that they are ground by steam power.
The grounds and arrangements were in fine condition, under the watchful eye of show manager, Nello Mungai, and he filled in as announcer for the entire show. Unfavorable weather kept many of the antique cars from appearing. This proved disappointing to the large number of fans who came for this interesting part of the event. A pony pull on Friday night was well attended. Bill Burris provided two stage shows during Saturday and conducted the annual square dance on Saturday night which always brings the reunion to a close. Again, several bus loads of school children from the nearby districts toured the grounds and the exhibitions through the courtesy of the association.
The women of the auxiliary were busy with their usual bazaar and cared for the registrations and memberships and Album subscriptions. All gate and parking duties were efficiently conducted by members of the Southside Volunteer Fire Department, while Slovan Volunteer Fire Department provided fire protection. The William Neel Funeral Home provided an ambulance for service throughout the entire show and The American Red Cross manned an efficient field station in their mobile trailer.
In spite of unfavorable weather conditions, the show was considered a success and plans will soon be laid for another exhibition in 1970.
Officers of the Association are: President, Lester Lee, Cross Creek, Pa; Vice President, Guy Creighton, Washington, Pa.; Treasurer, Evelyn Crow, and Secretary, Paul Crow, Charleroi, Pa. Board of Directors are: Tracy Lewton, Hickory, Pa.;Dean Redd, Charleroi, Pa; V.M.Paul, Hickory, Pa.; Dell Weaver, Canonsburg, Pa.; Arthur Short, Clinton, Pa.; J.L. Cotter, Aliquippa, Pa.; Glenn Fullerton, Burgettstown, Pa.; Earl Hamilton, Lisbon, Ohio; Frank Gormley, Aliquippa, Pa.
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