Secretary New Concord, Ohio
The Old Steam and Gas Club held its fourth annual reunion on Thursday, Friday and Saturday-July 30, 31 and August 1, 1964.
No one could have asked for more beautiful weather than that which prevailed during the three days of the show. A conservative estimate of the number of persons who attended the show would place the figure between three thousand and thirty-five hundred, being the largest attendance of the four shows held by the club thus far.
One new feature proved to be very popular. On Saturday evening the ladies of the Bloomfield church served an old fashioned threshers' dinner. Two-hundred seventy-five were served and perhaps another hundred were turned away because no more food was available, the ladies having prepared to serve only two hundred.
Another feature greatly enjoyed was a concert given on Friday evening by the Cambridge barber shop chorus.
Eight engines were in operation on the fans or separators during the show. There were on exhibition two Russells, one Frick, a Huber, a Minneapolis, and a Case. In addition to these, two engines should be mentioned in particular since this was the first year for these engines. O. W. Nichols of Pickerington, Ohio showed his George White engine. This is a Canadian engine and is an excellent show engine and is also in excellent condition. The other engine is a 23-90 Baker engine owned by George Richey. This engine too is in excellent condition and attracted much attention. This engine was purchased new by G. O. Cumins of Hebron, Ohio in 1926. Mr. Cummins sold it in 1928. Mr. Richey purchased it from Ernest Hiler, Shandon, Ohio, a town near Hamilton, Ohio in June of this year. Its number is 17,992.
Threshing and baling of straw was done each day of the show. Three acres of wheat and eight acres of oats were threshed during the show. Each day a parade was staged with all of the engines participating as well as the antique automobiles. Some twenty-five antique automobiles attracted the attention of lovers of antique automobiles.
There were approximately twenty-five small gasoline engines exhibited and running during the show. One of the most unique of these was a two horse power Bessemer owned by Thomas Hatcher. A special feature of this engine is not only its quite running but also its cooling system; a sixteen gallon tank of water is a part of its cooling system.
Incidentally, three members of our club are prolific collectors. Thomas Hatcher, George Richey and Forest Taylor own the following equipment: ten gasoline tractors, dating prior to 1930, one steam engine, two threshers, thirty-two gas engines, and two antique cars.
The largest crowd in attendance was on Saturday night to witness the pony pull. To Don Davis must go much of the credit for the outstanding success of this feature. Teams from eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania were entered in this event. Apparently this feature has become a permanent part of our show.
To all who in any way participated in making our show a success we express our gratitude. An invitation is cordially extended to all of our friends to attend the fifth annual show of our club which will again be held at the Bloomfield Grove on Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 29, 30, 31, 1965.