REUNION REPORTS

LEHMAN JUNCTION STEAM & GAS ENGINE SHOW


| March/April 1972



16 HP J. I. Case portable steam engine

My 16 HP J. I. Case portable steam engine. I have narrowed down the year of manufacture to 1883 or 1884. It has an 8'' x 12'' cylinder. I don't believe the boiler was built by Case, as it has a stamping ''Boydson 60'' on the steam dome. Note the resemblan

James R. Showers

2201 Bloomington St., Rt. 5, E. Peoria, Illinois 61611.

Lehman Junction is the home and show grounds of The Steam and Gas Engine Hobby Club of Peoria, Peoria Heights, East Peoria and Washington, Illinois. On June 20, 1971 an excellent exhibit of a variety of steam and gas models were shown to scale as: J. I. Case traction engines and separator, locomotives, gasoline and hot air engines. Also full size antique gas engines, a model farm scene, a full size steam hoisting engine and boiler mounted upon truck chassis as a mobile unit, with use of cable and drum. The center of attraction was the model Merry-go-round, 10 feet diameter, built by Lloyd Lehman and steam driven by cable, power furnished by Lehman's Shipman Steam Engine built by him and finished in 1965. The Merry-go-round was completed in June 1971 after three years of spare time work.

Other exhibitors were: Gene Stevens of Peoria, Ill. with an upright boiler and a variety of engines and steam pump, mounted upon trailer, including a Creators Engine all chrome plated. He also furnished steam from his boiler to run a 1200 lb. upright 6x8 engine also an upright 4 HP engine belted to buzz saw to cut up pole wood. Ted Young of East Peoria showed three model locomotives running on 100 feet straight track which amused young and old visitors all day. He also showed his 1' and 2' scale J. I. Case engines. Orville Waddell showed a 2' scale Case engine along with his scale model Case separator to match size of engine. Lehman had his 1910 Stanley steam car engine piped to steam on the Shipman boiler and kept the Stanley turning. Mr. and Mrs. George Berry of Pekin, Illinois set up their model farm scene which is about 10 x 20 feet in size. It is great to see. Claude Troyer of Minier, Illinois with his 2 cylinder steam hoisting engine and boiler, mounted on truck chassis was giving rides to young visitors. Elmer Klein of Lacon, Ill. presented the re-stored John Deere Gas Engines which all looked like new.

Bill Schissler of Peoria had several small model steam engines on the piped steam table. Dick Heiser of Peoria showed a small steam boiler he built, with steam to Dunbar Popcorn wagon engine. Frank Warnock of Peoria Heights had his three model gas engines and hot air engine mounted on his display table and running steady.

Mr. and Mrs. Orv-Morey of Kewanee, Ill, with their twin sons, kept their J. I. Case 1/3 scale traction engine steamed up on idle. Claude Babbs of Washington showed his own built model steam engines and also showed how a steam engine can be made from a small air compressor all mounted on platform trailer, boiler fired by bottled gas.

John Johansen of Fairbury drew a lot of interest with his model locomotive under construction, less the cab, fire-box and plumbing. John Anderson of E. Peoria had a variety of interesting items on table including a model of three horse sulky plow which was a salesman's sample. Merlin Aten of E. Peoria had a very rare gas engine, The Jebco, horizontal, about 1910.