EXHIBITORS - HELPERS & HONORED SHOW OFFICIALS from a large part of the continent outdistanced an 'old time Barn Rais'n' ten-fold. THEY RAISED AN ENTIRE SHOW. Upresidented Ice, Show and Rain throughout Jan-Feb-Mar (90 consecutive days of All Day shoe wearing weather) had precluded other than token development of electric lines, buildings, water lines and other 'taken for granted' conveniences at FARM MUSEUM'S (formerly Acres of Antiques), new showgrounds.
The Magnitude of Exhibitor-Helper cooperation, fellowship and 'overcome all setbacks attitude' spurred this Retired Rebel to subsequently jump, that is jump all the way to the River. They liked all potentials. The Location, the Weather, the Campground potentials, the nearby Motels, Shopping Centers and Friendly Attitude. Their wholehearted willingness to 'build a show' and their request to ENLARGE NOW, resulted in subsequent land purchase resulting in a 100 acre showgrounds beginning within sight of 1-95 & Hwy. 9 interchange and extending over one mile along 1-95 to Little Pee Dee River. Occupants of the 21,000 cars per day that travel 1-95 can't help but see tractions, waterwheels, and representative portions of the 1000 tons of equipment, that will hereafter operate 50 weeks a year as FARM MUSEUM & CAMPGROUND and reserving two weeks at Easter time for Exhibitors and Helpers. Providence seemed to prefer candlelight to electricity for campers, atmospheric pressure to compressed air for models, hot sun on hot sand for Gatekeepers, etc. until everybody pitched in and overcame development delay caused by upresidented elements. Thank you everybody.
A complete list of Registered Exhibitors, Helpers and Honored Show Officials (accumulated) from 35 states, Canada & D. C. are carried in the Gas Engine Magazine, Iron Man Album and Engines & Engineers.
This report emphasizes involvement of Exhibitors & Helpers in the Relocation, development and expansion of the Showgrounds.
Telling about 'Engine Running Exhibitors' can best be done with captions beneath pictures in the Trade Magazines. Please send us your favorite Black & White pictures taken here. We will return. In addition to material sent for the Media, also send material and pictures for a soon to begin bimonthly sheet that will be mailed without cost to members. This will be a story telling, truth stretchin, humorous sheet sprinkled with truth'n and pictured facts. What say everybody, your pictures, captions etc. are needed NOW.
The Donahoos, Kirk & Sug (Ky) and the Balletines, John & Bessie (Ky) arrived by camper a few days ahead and worked from can't see to could see. (By Electricity). They strung about 4000 feet of power line in a professional manner. John is a top electrical engineer and he knew how to get results with the plentiful supply of volunteer help. Thank you Kirk, John and Helpers.
About January, Milt Lang (Wis) wrote that Ava (Mrs. Lang) was deeply concerned about flowers in our new location. She had rated Cheraw, S. C. as her top choice of shows because of Bomar Gardens. My zealous reply (before the Feb.-Mar. ice and snow) included 'Ava can sit on the roof of her 'motorized apartment house' and still be in the shade of dogwood in bloom.' When they arrived for the show in late April, this 'brave hero' got behind a large dogwood to tell Ava that peak dogwood this year was mid-April and that no blooms remained. Later she sent word that she wanted to see me. Not until seeing a big smile on her face was this 'brave' eager to get within frying pan range. She pointed skyward. She was happy. About thirty feet above their motor home, blended into the bright sky, waved disbursed dogwood blooms. Scratch one name from her non-truthy list. Thank you Mrs. Ava, . . and . . . Thank all you other Exhibhitors for your understanding, your encouragement and your visions, the visions of early floral beauty. To you that seek massive spring beauty, we have allocated about 30 acres to be developed as: Bruce P. Rogers Memorial Gardens. (My Mother).
Teenagers Gregg & Rick Spink, sons of Dick & Irene (NY); Royce Roberts, son of Don & Isabelle (NY) easily qualify as graduate plumbers. For the second time, they extended water & sewage to SPINKS SPOT & ROBERTS ROTUNDA. Then presto, the utilities were extended to the camping Shumways & Snavelys (NY). Could it be that teenage daughers Cristal, Nancy & Frances had something to do with the bucks showing muscles. Our stockpile of pipe etc. had been well protected by 11 inches of unpresidented snow. Thank you Gregg, Rick & Royce.
Bus Longrod (NY) gets credit for Two Bests & one Citation. He is the Nation's Best Model Manager, Perfection Timest, and truthy stretcher. He timed his arrival the exact minute that about forty volunteer carpenters had completed the deck for the Model Building. All that was left for him to do was to connect up about 200 feet of pipe with about fifty properly spaced valve outlets for about 50 modelers. Thank you Bus & Helpers.
Bus brought Wallie Goodspeed, Canada's Top Model Manager. (Steam-Era, Milton, Canada). A group celebrated Bus' 39th birthday several times the night before at the Halls (Vic & Florence) (Canada). Bus induced Orion Holen (NY) to bring Mary (Mrs. Holen) to come down and cook 'Mary's Farmous Hamburgers' for the Model Group. Mary probably didn't know it, but somebody used the Model Building identification sign 'LONGROD'S LOOKOUT' in making a framework for her griddle. Sorry Bus. Thank you Mary, Bus & Wallie.
Jean (Mrs. Richard) Metcalf (Ohio), intermittently operated our plastic sign embossing machine while hubby, sons Randy, Scott, Daryl and daughter Amy operated their models. They have a sign embossing machine and a line of steam models in Ashtabula. Each Exhibitor was supplied an embossed sign with 4 inch letters whereby pictures identify Exhibitor-Exhibit. Picture identified Exhibitor-Exhibit helps our memory when assembling material for IMA-GEM-EE. Thank you Jean.
Setting up Exhibitors names prior to being embossed by the machine and painting them after being embossed was handled by Exhibitorettes (wives and daughters of Exhibitors). We are not Fully Knowledgeable about Exhibitor demand for the identification signs because of an article in Western N. Y. Gas & Steam Engine Association's 'Flywheel News' - Bus Longrod, Editor Quote 'what a busy place that was . . . people were climbing over each other like worms in a can.' End of quote. Thank you!!
Over 100 NEW Exhibitors and Helpers came this year. Three NEW BLOODERS' wanted to tackle GRANDPA, a name given our 15 h.p. Westinghouse Traction. We were both delighted and apprehensive. GRANDPA had been sitting unattended since being purchased several years ago from the Arthur Young estate, Kinzers, Pa. We keep saying 'COME RUN SOME'. We need to borrow a good Black & White picture of Dick Everett and Lloyd Holland of Conn, and Howard Freeman of Ohio, as they put GRANDPA on Parade. Thank you Dick, Lloyd & Howard. We also Thank All Engineers that kept GRANDPA busy.
The Jones, Basil & Mary (Pa.) camped with us from March through June. Basil hooked up several stationaries and the Stanley Steamer Mountain engine to the little 4 H.P. portable peerless. He later extended wires to the welder and air compressor. Mary whiled her time soaking up sunshine, sowing grass seed and keeping the sprinklers going. These retirees have more energy than the big petroleum companies. Grass now covers open spaces and Mary has planted more shrubbery and border plants. Within a short span exhibitors wives will again say 'we are definitely going to the South Carolina Show.' We hope that other qualified 'engineers' will follow the precedent set by the Jones. Thank you Mary & Basil.
Willard Jackson (Wis.) arrived in March, scoffed at our weather, rented a nice room in a nearby boarding house and pursued his Labor of Love. He scraped, polished and painted our 6 H. P. Portable TOZIER which was mfg. in Columbia, S. C. He then tackled the Garr-Scott. Willard used Dillon as a base for about two months, taking one day trips, seeing and buying nostaligic things. During the show, he operated his scale sawmill in the Gas Engine Area. Thank you Willard.
Willard's Labor of Love finalized previous thoughts about building a 'Barracks' type building whereby a limited number of 'congenial qualified engineers' can stay on the grounds. Retirees from Pa., Ohio and Indiana had mentioned such an arrangement. So, coming one day, one Barracks.
Four months of continuous Shoe Wearing Weather caused indecision and delay, therefore a lot of catching up will be done during the 1974 Reunion, April 19-20-21.
Marjorie (Mrs. Dennis Webb) (Canada) will be ceremoniously crowned 'QUEEN OF STEAM'. She was crowned in 1972 and we apologize for the weather man forcing coronation delay. Ladies from Florida to Canada to the Midwest are asked to formulate and participate in the coronation. Make it Regal. What say Dot (Mrs. Joe Hanson) (Fla.) you take charge?
Bus Longrod (N.Y.) will be crowned KING OF MODELS. Bus is a good guy and not more than 39 tricks (one each year) should be played on him. What say Frank Warnock (III.) You take charge?
Jim Riley (Md.) will be crowned KING OF GAS. Jim writes that his near loss of hearing will preclude his continuing to serve as manager of Gasoline Alley. Jim has built Gasoline Alley participation to ninety-seven Exhibitors. Three gas engine 'new blooders' are needed in 1974 to bring Jim's undertaking to 100. We prefer to accept his resignation not before 100 gas engine exhibitors is reached. Bring your BANGERS and help honor JIM as a 100 Exhibitor KING. What say Dennis Williams (Va.). You take charge?
While you engine runners, gas'ers, flea'ers, etc. were having fun, these 'shopkeepers & helpers' rotated and produced wonderful spectator PR.
Bess Ballantine (Ky.)
Sug Donahoo (Ky.)
Dot Hanson (Fla.)
Mary Holen (N.Y.)
Mary Jones (Pa.)
Corky Jenkins (N.Y.)
Jean Metcalf (Ohio)
Marge Shumway (N.Y.)
Barbara Varner (N.C.)
Beth Varner (N.C.)
Sarah Varner (N.C.)
Marge Webb, Mgr. (Canada)
Judy Blessing (S.C.)
Gladys Hume (Canada)
Isabelle Roberts (N.Y.)
Marion Bauer (N.Y.)
Marge Matthews (N.J.)
Ruth Owens, Mgr. (N.Y.)
Don Roberts (N.Y.)
Esther Schrader (Fla.)
Betty Schultz (N.Y.)
John Shumway (N.Y.)
Marge Shumway (N.Y.)
Barbara Snavely (N.Y.)
Irene Spink, Mgr. (N.Y.)
Frank Hume (Canada)
Gordon Hume (Canada)
Royce Roberts (N.Y.)
Gregg Spink (N.Y.)
Rick Spink (N.Y.)
Cristal Shumway (N.Y.)
Nancy Shumway (N.Y.)