| March/April 1968

  • Case steam tractor
    60 Hp. Case steam tractor and five grain tanks in the Pion-Era Parade at Saskatoon, Canada in July 1965.
  • Engine out of the mud

  • Case steam tractor
  • Engine out of the mud

The 1967 Fort Scott Show of the old superannuated steam engines, tractors, threshers, gas-engines, machinery and antiques was disagreeably dominated by a lour inch rain-fall beginning Thursday and ending Saturday evening. The last day of the show was overcast with a cold north wind to dishearten even the most rugged show visitors.

The show ground was completely covered by a mass of lakes, ponds and ankle deep mud, navigable only with boots, waders, galoshes, high-top overshoes or barefoot. Resembling a quagmire or swamp, with the old historical relics dotted everywhere, placidly waiting in this environment, to be brought into action.

Only those who have attended a rain soaked show, know and fully realize the difficulties involved, can truly and wholeheartedly appreciate a fair weather show. Ticket sales were suspended and admission to the show was by donation and contributions.

The steam engines and heavy machinery that were placed in their proper position prior to the show were put into action to entertain the rugged individuals whose enthusiasm could not be dampened. The Springfield Machinery Company, the sawmill head-quarters for this area, almost continuously sawed logs into lumber, being undaunted by the inclement weather conditions.

The steam engine operators steamed up the engines assigned to them, to operate as stationary engines. Very few attempts were made to traction the engines. They had the time and were enthused and pleased to explain each and every part of an engine to those interested in knowing what makes a steam engine tick, Resembling a school of instruction.

No situation or circumstance is so bad, even under such adverse conditions, that a person cannot find a bright side and have something good and interesting to write about.


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