THE OLD STEAM AND GAS CLUB of New Concord, Ohio held its fifth annual reunion at Bloomfield Grove on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 29-30-31, 1965. The weather man smiled and ideal weather prevailed during the three days of the show.
In writing a reunion report, it is common practice to give credit to those who exhibit steam engines and other machinery. It is true, of course, that a show would be impossible were it not for the cooperation of the owners of machinery. At the same time there are others whose praises unfortunately often go unsung. There are many good people who devote time and labor not only in preparation for these shows but without whose assistance successful reunions would be impossible. All too often these are the forgotten people. It is part of our purpose in this report, therefore, to give credit and due praise to these devoted people. At least, as far as our reunion was concerned, special mention and credit must be given to certain individuals who perhaps typify many others.
Mrs. Clayton Hammonds assumed the responsibility for the management of the refreshment stand. This is an important adjunct to any show; she, with her helpers did a superb job in meeting the physical needs of those in attendance.
One of the most important, yet routine and undramatic is that of taking care of admissions. It is obvious that the continuance of these events depends upon financial support. Frank Carruthers has rendered splendid service over the years in the discharge of this mundane responsibility. He was assisted this year by Billie Dickson, George Hanes, Edgar Sims, C. A. Berkheimer and Bob Welker.
Credit for the successful tractor pull must be given in large part to George Richey, who secured the necessary equipment and help to insure its success. Some thirty tractors participated in this event. The pony pull was handled by Don Davis and to him also must go in large part the credit for its success. Thirty-three teams participated in this event.
One other person should be mentioned. Clayton Hammonds probably devoted more time and labor before, during and after the show than did any other member of the club. Our hats are off to all of the people who in any way contributed to the success of the show. Finally we would be remiss if we did not express our appreciation to the hundreds of people who attended our reunion and who gave expression to their pleasure and enjoyment.
Six steam engines were on exhibition; a Baker, a Frick, a George White, two Minneapolis engines and a Russell. Threshing was done each day with Baker separators, a Red River Special and a 'Peerless' hand-fed, drag stacker separator. One of the unique features in this area was the threshing done one evening by the 'young fry' who are sons of the members of the club.
Two other features deserve special mention. One was a Birdsell clover huller built between 1900 and 1915 and owned by our president Forest Taylor. The other feature was the operation of Bill Fisher's planer which was powered by Hatcher's twelve horse power Hercules gasoline engine. The planer was operated by the Hatcher boys and Bill Fisher.
This year witnessed the largest exhibit of one-cylinder 'hit and miss' gasoline engines ever shown at our show. There was also a sizeable number of antique cars which participated in the parades.
To recite all of the details concerning this show would make this report too long. Siffice it to say that the members of the club were encouraged and happy with the interest manifested as shown by the fine attendance.
The dates for our sixth annual reunion will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 28-29-30, 1966 at the Bloomfield grounds. Hope to see all of you next year.