| November/December 1969

Box 33, Strum Wisconsin 54770

Perfect weather marked the 6th annual steam observance held here in the hill country of Western Wisconsin last Aug. 8-10.

At least a thousand people milled around the grounds on Friday, watching the setting up, initial firing and running of equipment. Five times that many entered the 18 acre show ground area on Saturday when the program ran continuously with special events interspersed. J.I. Case company was well represented, Louie Slabik, Merle McCart, Lyal Hardesty and Alfred Gunderson had products of the Racine manufacturer. Mort Moe and Geo Loomis had engines of the Great Minneapolis Line, Loomis also brought an Advance Rumely. Harold Churchill of Elmwood ran a double simple Rumely and a small upright, with his two grandsons as assistants. Tom Bible and Wilbur Skaar presented a fine looking Reeves to appreciative steam buffs. It ran as well as it appeared.

The Strum Club owns an upright for fuel purposes and the Beef River Flyer, a 19 gauge steam train. The latter ran continually all three days, pulling 4 cars with 32 passengers each trip.

Missing this year was 'Steam Engine Joe' Rynda and his wooden-wheeled Aultman-Taylor. A truckers miscalculation deprived the gathering of this feature, Joe however made the event and rode in the parade.

It has been customary to offer an outdoor festival church service at the Strum show. A perfectly still clear Sunday morning greeted nearly 1500 who filled the stands to overflowing before 9:15. Pastor Luther Monson conducted the worship.