SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION Saginaw Valley Live Steam Association

| March/April 1958

  • Port Huron Mill
    A Port Huron Mill and 19 hp. Port Huron Longfellow on Mr. Topham's farm. The logs are white pine and the mill was owned by Clifford McDowell. 1941 was about the last run of steam in Lapeer County

  • Port Huron Mill

THE CONVENTION WAS held July 27 and 28, 1957 at Montrose, Michigan on the Gerald Payne farm, and was a huge success with between seven and eight thousand visiting us in the two days. Several of our good friends from Canada visited us and we were very glad to see and talk to them.

Instead of a program, we saw to it that something was going on all the time. The thing that helped this along was our very large variety of steam and except for the Baker Steam Tractor and Caliope, every entry at the convention, belonged to one of our members.

We had several show-stoppers One was the quarter-size Case that belongs to Gordon Smoke. Gordon would hook up to the Baker fan or the small sawmill and although it wouldn't handle it like the big ones, it sure gave them both a good workout.

Carl Johnson with his 19 hp. Port Huron and separator, as always, put on a first class show. Orville Estes and his boat was busy all of both days as was Philip Arnold and his Stanley Steamer.

Harry Forshee (with his handle-bar moustache) and his 20 hp. Advance. Floyd Coats and his Baker, Gerald Payne and his 50 Case, kept the crowd busy both days looking at them on the saws and fans.

Fred Stuck and his 50 Case with the Wabash L whistle really made himself heard. Howard Shaw spent two weeks getting Marvin Shetler's Stevens in shape and it looked like a brand new engine. Howard really made the old boy do its stuff.


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