THE TENTH ANNUAL REUNION TRI-STATE HISTORICAL STEAM ENGINE ASSOCIATION, INC.
Secretary R. D. 1, Box 470 Charleroi, Pa. 15022
In building the rail fence, first I set a row of stakes on the exact line. Then another stake 5 or 6 feet long with a projecting slat 3 feet long was nailed near the bottom to this stake at right angle. In laying the worm, this stake was always set in line with the other stakes and the outer 3 foot projection showed us where to put the joint for the next panel of fence.
For the next panel of fence, this stake with its triangular brace was turned in the opposite direction, and moved forward for the next panel. If the fence was to be permanent, generally a small stake was put on each side in the corner and wired between rails to the opposite stake.
A nine rail high fence was considered bull proof, but sometimes if the cows and heifers on the other side of the fence looked greener, the fence would not always hold them. P.S. We really enjoyed your article, 'A Praying Engineer', that was tops.
Persons from the tri-state area were afforded another unusual and entertaining exhibition of events as they attended the annual reunion at the Dean Fullerton Farm, Burgettstown, Pa. on September 16 and 17. Two days of delightful weather added to the enjoyable occasion.
Daily events of threshing, baling, sawing, feed grinding, clover hulling, shingle making and fan demonstrations brought back vivid memories of living that were experienced fifty and more years ago, when steam was the dominating source of power on the farm.
Our usual complement of traction engines on display was enhanced by the appearance of several more 'new' ones. Fred McCoy showed his 20 H.P. Kitten, C.R. Fullerton & Son. their newly acquired 20 H.P. Farquhar, J. L. Cotter, his 20 H. P. Minneapolis and Vincent McKee had his 12 H. P. Russell on hand for the occasion. And our neighbor from Kensington, Ohio, Harry Rogers, brought his 10 H. P. Groton to make this an outstanding display for our show. These engines were all in daily operation. We also have the Frick, Peerless, Huber, Advance-Rumely, Keck-Gonnerman, Aultman & Taylor, Russell and Case on display each year.
The old gas tractor department, which has consisted of Minneapolis, Oil Pull, IHC, Case, Massey-Harris really received a shot in the arm when the Burgh 30-60 Oil Pull appeared, along with Harold Schott's beautiful Frick, and August Gehrke's Avery. This display is growing with each succeeding year. And these old fellows took their turn on the belt.
Our good friends from Butler County came with several pieces of equipment, including water wagon and tank, reaper and small thresher, powered by gas engine.
L.H. (Dutch) Andrews performed admirably at the announcing stand. Although not accustomed to our way of doing farm chores, he soon learned and commanded the attention of everyone by his manner of explaining the various operations that were taking place. Manager Nello Mungai, with well-laid plans, kept the show moving ahead on schedule and in fine order.
As an added thrill, Washington Sky Divers put on an exhibition of high-altitude jumping and diving, and four men came down exactly on target, even if they did alight in the nearby corn and alfalfa field. Twice daily, all engines, tractors and horses participated in a mammoth parade around the grounds, to the added enjoyment of those present. An antique car parade was featured during the Saturday afternoon activities. Bill Burris and his Green Valley Boys Band presented two performances on Saturday and furnished the music for the barn dance held on Saturday evening at the close of the show.
As usual, the Ladies Auxiliary assisted by taking over the bazaar, the registration duties, Album subscriptions and many other tasks. Good food was furnished by the Hickory Chapter of Knights of Pythias and the Cross Creek Community Grange, while the Hickory Boy Scouts manned the pop stands. The gate and parking of cars was handled by the Hickory Lions Club, who use their proceeds to finance worthy community projects. The American Red Cross maintained a field station and looked after a number of first aid cases.
Plans will soon be under way for a bigger and better exhibition for 1967. The officers and directors are pleased with the continued support the association is receiving from the public.
Officers are as follows: Pres. Lester Lee; V-Pres. Earl Hamilton; Sec. Paul Crow; Treas. Evelyn Crow. The following are Directors: Dell Weaver, Glenn Fullerton, John Sell, Dean Fulerton, David McDonald, Melvin Kaste, Frank Gormley and V. M. Paul.