Rumely Expo '93, or ... Boy, Did Ya See Them OilPulls!???


| January/February 1994



Portable steam engine

A real old-timer, A. Gaar & Co. portable steam engine.

Rumely Collector's News 12109 Mennonite Church Rd. Tremont, Illinois 61568

In 1931 the Advance-Rumely Company effectively closed its doors. Some 52 years later, the little town of Rushville, Indiana, saw what might just be the biggest gathering of Advance-Rumely and related machinery since then! The sheer size of Rumely Expo '93 surprised everyone at the excellent Pioneer Engineers Club show at Rushville, including the organizers!

The guests of honor included 45 major pieces of Rumely equipment. Incredibly, 38 OilPull tractors, from the giant 30-60 E through the lightweight models down to the nimble 12-20, stood in four long rows beside the big Rumely Expo tent. 'Boy, did ya see them OilPulls!?' was a comment heard numerous times throughout the show! Many folks were astonished to see that many of the rare old tractors in one place. One fella marveled, 'I didn't think there's that many left!'

A one-of-a-kind 14-24 Model L, experimental model, forerunner to the 15-25 L OilPull, was on display. This tractor holds the honor of being serial number 1! A Do-All, Rumely's convertible cultivator tractor, sat beside a row of five immaculate Rumely '6' tractors.

A real showpiece was a five bottom Rumely plow which was found in pieces buried in the ground with just enough sticking out to trip you on a walk though the barnyard. It now looks like it has just left the Rumely dealer's showroom! Emerson Wertz, a former Advance-Rumely employee, helped on the plow's restoration. He worked as an OilPull service man in the Aberdeen, South Dakota, branch. He drove the Rumely Do-All in the parade on Saturday. We were quite honored to have him there!

Numerous Rumely and Advance Rumely steam engines were on the grounds for the show, along with a surprising number of Gaar, Scott & Company and Advance Thresher Company steam engines. The oldest Gaar, Scott engine known to exist, manufactured in 1865, was there, along with an ancient A. Gaar and Company engine (Gaar, Scott's predecessor).