SHOW REPORT


| November/December 1970



Oil Pull Tractor

Oil Pull Tractor at Maryland Steam Historical Society Show in 1969! (See story The Maryland Steam Historical Society's Fourteenth Annual Steam Show) Courtesy of Bill Hopkins, Union Mills, Maryland 21157

Bill Hopkins

Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C.

Registrants from 21 states, Canada & D. C. shook up the 5700 residents of this little South Carolina town April 10-11-12, 1970. The weather was perfect for those that left 18 inches of snow in Pa., Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Canada, etc., as well as those that arrived from Florida.

Mr. Charles Hope of Arlington, Va., our Master of Ceremonies requested everyone to come to the central area about 10 A.M. Friday. He introduced Mayor Miller Ingram who gave a brief welcoming address. Senator Anthony Harris then introduced Mrs. John West. Lt. Governor John West is hopefully the next Governor of S.C.

A form of massive renaissance erupted soon after my closest neighbor and close friend, the Executive V.P. of Chamber of Commerce, a retired yankee strolled down into our valley. The exhibitor nearest the entrance was another friendly yankee from Bradford, Pa. Bradford is also the home office of my retired neighbors oil company, and after an hour or two of exchanging truths, (???) my neighbor retreated uptown and promptly returned with the city government (Mayor and City Fathers). Several T.V. and radio stations were phoned, and within the day we were being televised and broadcast across the Carolinas. This steam-up was some thing new for South Carolinans. They did not know what it was all about, but they did know that they liked it, and they wanted more people to see it.

Mr. & Mrs. D. C. Sage, Bradford, Pa., with their oil well rig, three gas engines, and two scale steam units, arrived in advance of opening date. Right then everyone could 'feel' that South Carolina's first show would be a near, if not total success. From time to time, I asked Mrs. Sage if I could get her a more comfortable chair or a cold drink of water or anything. Her repeated reply was that she just wanted to sit and bask in the sunshine. She had left 18 inches of snow and here she was two days later reared back in a chair, shoes removed, toes wiggling, and looking at acres and acres and thousands and thousands of flowering dogwood, azaleas, iris, wisteria, etc. bordering on about two miles of pathways.

Being a paid up member of Eastern Shore, R & T, West minister, Williams Grove, Berryville, Sarasota, etc., I am adding one more task to presidents Layton, Brubaker, Hull, Herndon, etc. I am asking that they advise me on the proper selection of a form of appropriate appreciation for our 'first exhibit' by Mr. & Mrs. D. C. Sage of Bradford, Pa.