Rough & Tumble Show


| May/June 1984



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''And the grain separates from the straw and chaff.''

233 County House Road, Clarksboro, New Jersey 08020

One thing will go down in history, and that is the reunion being the hottest one yet. The weather did not deter the folks who came for we were blessed with many visitors and exhibitors. The official opening stated 10 a.m. but folks were there before that. Machinery was put in operation each day by 10:30 a.m. and by noon whistle our grounds were full. Most people were from the surrounding states but it is amazing how many travel great distances. I talked to one man from Canada.

The emphasis this year was on the John Deere line and according to the announcer, only one model was missing from the gathering. The very latest stood there with its 8 huge rubber wheels, air conditioned cab and all the comforts of home. Quite different from riding an old G.P. with an icy north wind blowing down your neck. Though I never drove a G.P. in such conditions, I did a 10-20 pulling a 2 furrow plough and also a German Bulldog Lanz. These were single cylinder, diesel, with a hot bulb and 2 encased flywheels on either side. To start, one put the blow torch under the front, pulled off the steering wheel and stuck it in the end of the crankshaft. Anyone ever heard of these machines? Perhaps one of our Canadian friends might have, but I'm getting away from my subject.

A nice remodelling job has been carried out at the front of the main steam building. Were I asked to name it, I would call it the 'Culinary Museum', for it contains exhibits of all Grandma and Great Grandma's household machinery. This is something for the ladies, for exhibited are wood burning kitchen ranges, hand draulic washers, old flat irons and many relics of their hard working life. To fire one of those cooking stoves must have been an art in itself and they never had a fireman's license.

The rear of this same steam building and its new extension have also entailed much work, and bases have been poured for engines that have just lain around. In time they will also look like the big Watts and Campbell, but they will need much scraping and scrubbing, and finally a coat of paint. The giant Snow pumping engine will in time, also get completed, but it takes time. During this last 24 years I have seen R. & T. grow from a tin shed on a field to what it is today and it gives me a great feeling each time I drive through the gate.

Another project we have going is the restoration of our founder's Avery traction engine. From what I can gather, not much short of a new boiler will be needed and this no doubt will cost several dollars. We have going 'The Arthur S. Young Restoration Fund' with hopes that the organization can gather enough in donations for this cause. During the reunion I exhibited my 1 scale 4-6-2 Flying Scotsman and her 2 coaches alongside the old Avery to attract attention. Unfortunately the picture I took was not of printable quality.