Secretary, Charleroi, Penna.
Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc.
Another highly successful exhibition of the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc. was held at the Dean Fullerton farm, near Burgettstown, Pa. on Sept. 21-22, 1963.
Ideal weather prevailed for the two days and nearly 5,000 persons came to witness another show that, each year continues to grow in popularity.
As usual, steam was king, and daily demonstrations of threshing, baling, sawing, flour milling and clover hulling were provided for the interested spectators, many of whom had not seen a steam engine in operation. For the first time in western Pennsylvania, a prony brake was demonstrated through the courtesy of Mr. Earl Logan and his associate from Mansfield, Ohio.
The model and small engine department was much enlarged this time and a crowd constantly surrounded these miniature steam engines and threshing rigs as they performed their duty in much the same fashion a s their larger counterparts.
Special features included a double yoke of oxen with Conestoga wagon, a pony pulling contest, a large showing of fine antique cars and trucks, and many gas tractors of earlier days. The horse-powered baler and feed grinder brought back memories of many years past, and a modest but interesting display of antique items from the farm and home attracted many persons. Also shown were several fine teams and riding horses.
Modern farming machinery and methods were not neglected. All dealers in the area were urged to display their bright new machines and demonstrate them and the response was gratifying.
Twice daily, all engines, tractors, cars, horses and modern machines were paraded around the farm yard and were given rousing ovation.
In an effort to attract young America to our interesting exhibition, several school districts of the surrounding area were invited to send bus loads of school children and teachers to the show with free admission. As a result, several hundred students and teachers toured the grounds and rode on the engines. They were all in accord that it was a day to remember. A local high school band appeared on Saturday afternoon and presented a concert.
The Ladies Auxiliary deserves much credit for the success of the show. They handled the registration of new and renewal memberships, took subscriptions to the Iron-Men Album, and held a very satisfactory bazaar. We could not get along without them.
The food concession was admirably handled by the Hickory chapter of Knights of Pythias and the Boy Scouts saw that everyone had plenty of cold pop to drink.
To close the show, a very enjoyable Saturday evening was afforded many with another innovation an old fashioned square dance. Thus ended what was considered the best of all our exhibitions.
The officers of the association want to express their appreciation for the growing interest and support that their shows are receiving and the splendid turnout this year insures a repetition of the same thing for next year.
Officers of the association are:
President, V. M. Paul, Hickory, Pa. V. Pres., C. R. Fullerton, Burgettstown, Pa.
Secretary, Paul F. Crow and Treas., Evelyn M. Crow, Charleroi, Pa.
Directors are as follows:
Earl Hamilton, Lisbon, Ohio; Tracy Lewton, Hickory, Pa.; John Sell, Lisbon, Ohio; M. W. Kast, McDonald, Pa.; Howard White, Burgettstown, Pa.; Glen Fullerton, Burgettstown, Pa.; Nello Mungai, Hickory, Pa.; and Dell Weaver, Canonsburg, Pa.