| March/April 1977

  • 12 HP J. I. Case Engine
    12 HP J. I. Case, return flue, straw burner, center crank owned by Calvin Whitaker. A real unusual engine!

  • 12 HP J. I. Case Engine

R. R. 6, Greensburg, Indiana 47240.

The Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana held their 28th annual reunion at the Rush County Conservation Club grounds near Rushville, Indiana on August 6, 7, 8, 1976. Twenty-two large traction engines and over fifty tractors and oil pulls and numerous model engines were exhibited.

This year's feature engine was an 80 H. P. Case owned by Lawrence Walker of Morgantown, Indiana. There were a variety of other Case engines on display. They were: a 9 H.P. Case owned by Davis Sullivan of Markleville, a 50 HP Case owned by Jerry Moorman of Greensburg, and a 60 H.P. Case owned by Henry Youngblood of Monrovia. Perhaps the most unusual and rare engine was an 1898 return flue, centercrank J. I. Case strawburner owned by Calvin Whitaker of Pendleton. It is a real showpiece and created quite an attraction at our show. Mr. Whitaker restored and cleaned this engine to look like a new one.

Other large engines were: 12, 16, and 20 H.P. Russells; 2- 18 H.P. Hubers; a 20 H.P. Aultman Taylor; 2 - 20 H.P. Advance Rumelys; an 18, 19, 21-75, and a 23-90 Bakers; 19 H.P. Keck Gonnerman; 18 H.P. Gaar Scott double; 20 H.P. Double Rumely; 24 H. P. Port Huron compound; and the R.D.S. road locomotive owned by Roscoe Shiverdecker of Greenville, Ohio.

One engine that was a welcome return attraction was a little 12 H.P. Russell owned by Bruce Atkinson of Monrovia. This engine was formerly owned by our President Ray Jones and he exhibited this for many years.

The entire week before the show, good weather allowed the club to ready the grounds for one of the best shows; however, by Friday morning the rain started and forced all activities to a standstill. Friday afternoon a little sawing was done with Jerry Moorman's 18 H.P. Baker, but this was the only engine that ran that day. All other equipment was halted so that when the rain stopped, the grounds could dry off.


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