Saginaw Valley

| November/December 1974

Secretary, 515 Nobobish Ave., Bay City, Michigan 48706

The 1974 annual reunion of the Saginaw Valley Live Steam Club got underway on Friday August 9th and ran through Sunday. The weather was perfect for a steam show as it was neither too hot or raining. The show drew a good crowd of enthusiastic steam fans from Canada, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and as far away as Arizona. Our own state of Michigan was well represented.

We were extremely happy to have Mr. Leroy Blaker of Alvordton, Ohio visit us. Mr. Blaker as most of you know is a thresherman and sawmill operator of many years. He held the first steam show at his farm in June of 1945. Our thanks to Mr. Blaker, for this was the very beginning of our wonderful hobby when grown men can play, reminisce and recall the 'good old days of steam on the farm'.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hoffer of Toledo, Ohio were with us for the three days of the show. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffer are the president and secretary respectively of the NTA.

We had 14 large traction engines on the infield of the Caro, Michigan fairgrounds all under steam and operating. There were 6 Port Hurons, 2 Case, 1 Russell Compound, 1 Nichols and Shepard 16-60, 1 Advance and 2 Advance Rumleys.

Mark McCarty of Ubly, Mich brought his half size scale model Port Huron. Mr. Robert Nelson brought his sawmill and Port Huron engine. Mr. Nelson is from Lapeer, Mich. The sawmill was a big attraction for the visitors on all three days.