REPORT OF ROUGH & TUMBLE ENGINEERS HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION REUNION


| January/February 1954



Kinzers, Pennsylvania

The weather was ideal and the attendance reached over 7,000, many states, as well as Canada being represented. Activities were Brake Test pulling on large air compressor: Tug of War between Case 65 and 40-60 Humely Oil Pull; Frick friction feed Saw Mill outfit with 91/2x10 Portable Steam Engine for power; J. H. Buyer's Shingle Mill, powered by a Russell Traction. The latter was a demonstration of real Interest.

The threshing demonstration began with real old time flailing and then a one-horse tread power and small separator were used. Old Prince, the horse whose picture appeared on the front cover of the IRON-MEN ALBUM several issues back, again seemed to enjoy the acclaim he received for treading the power. Next in line was the sweep horse power outfit where an 1880 Fleetwood Thresher was powered through the sweep of Elmer Lapp's four fine Belgian horses. These beauties took to the activities like old timers and made a perfect demonstration. Many movies and photos were taken of this activity. A hand feed demonstration, using a C-l Peerless Thresher with hand feed, Kinzer Straw Stacker and short Bagger powered by a 10 hp. Croton Steam Traction, was next in, line. Old timers lined up and took turns feeding six sheaves each. The supply of sheaves was exhausted before all had an opportunity to feed. The final threshing was with a late style 28 inch Frick Thresher with Hart Feeder, Wind Stacker and Hart weigher, this being powered by various engines such as Frick D. C., Case 50, Peerless U 1 and Rumely 40-60 Oil Pull.

Many small engines were on the hobby table where lubricated steam was furnished by a Nagle steam portable.

A steam Merry-Go-Round, ingeniously made up from a sweep horse power was of interest to children and the ladies. The Tractor Train, however, still seemed to hold first place in popularity for their entertainment.

In the cafeteria, which did a rushing business at meal times, one man was heard to ask for a piece 'of that Fly Swatter' pie, meaning, of course, Shoo Fly pie.