Seventeenth Annual Reunion of Tri State Historical Steam Engine Assn.


| March/April 1974



Larry Whaley and Christopher Whaley

Larry Whaley and Christopher Whaley, grandson and great-grandson of Paul Crow on the 1/4 scale Case model of Tom Hatcher & Sons. [Note Christopher's steam engine badge and cap. He was 7-1/2 months old at the time.] Larry and Christopher are from Indianapo

Paul Crow

Between five and six thousand loyal supporters of antique farm steam and gas power made their way to Hookstown Fair Grounds on September 21 and 22. There they witnessed another successful exhibition of power machines that were in regular use of the farm of fifty years and more ago. Two days of ideal fall weather and ideal surroundings made this event one of our best efforts.

The usual array of traction engines, gas tractors, threshers, balers, sawmill, shingle mill, Burr stone grinder, and gas engines were there and all went through their part in demonstrations. As in the past, some form of activity was being shown throughout the two days, all on schedule. We have been complimented numerous times on this idea of presenting a show. The manager and announcer, Nello Mungai, had everything planned well ahead and kept things moving constantly.

Daily operations consisted of threshing and baling, fan demonstrations by the 110 Case, sawing logs, shingle making, flour and corn-meal grinding, and steam models and gas engines. The Hatcher Case Models always add to the interest, in addition to several antique automobiles and trucks. The whole-wheat flour and cornmeal was sold as fast as it could be handled, and we had fresh cider made right on the grounds and sold.

Two daily parades of all engines, tractors, horses and automobiles remain to be one of the most popular attractions for us. Featured this year in the parades were all the Case engines on the grounds being grouped together, four generations of one family appearing on one of the Case engines, and three engines running abreast, owned and operated by three still active members who were instrumental in having started the Association some 17 years ago.

For the threshing and baling, naturally our best attraction, we had the finest binder-cut wheat and oats we have seen in a long time. It had never gotten wet from the time it was cut and was supplied by Rambo Brothers.

J. L. Cotter showed his ever-popular display of operating stationary engines and the small gas engine department gets better with each year.