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Three views from the 1996 Pawnee Show. From left, 1899 12 HP J. I. Case compound owned by Tom Forman of Stillwater,
Early morning sounds of rattling latches of smoke box and firebox doors return to Pawnee, Oklahoma, as engineers prepare for a new day, and welcome the 41st annual reunion of the Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Association, Inc., over the weekend of May 3, 4, 5, 1996.
This year the gas engine area and flea market were overflowing. Amos Rixmann was kept busy, once again, testing steam engines, Oil Pulls and gas tractors on the Prony Brake. Road grading, an operational steam winch, threshing, corn grinding, blacksmithing, daily parades, rope making and the sawmill were among the other displays and activities.
Shown with the steam engines were Kenneth Sullivan's 1914 50 HP Case, which was the featured engine of the show. Two other 50 HP Case engines were at the show, one owned by Dale Curtis, a 1915. The Kelly family's 110 Case engine was on hand .Chady Atteberry's family brought their 65 HP Case. Also present were Tom Foreman's 1915 18 HP Huber and his 1899 12 HP compound Case; Dale Wolf's 1916 16 HP Nichols & Shepard; the Martens' 1916 30 HP Nichols & Shepard; Lewis Woods of Mustang, Oklahoma, and his 1918 18 HP Wood Bros. engine; a 1918 25 HP M Rumely from Newton, Kansas; Kim Turtle and his 1911 75 HP Case; an Advance-Rumely; a Keck- Gonnerman; Shane Fry was there with John Fry's Greyhound; Fiegel family's 80 HP Case; Lyman Knapp's 1893 10 HP Aultman-Taylor & Company - Canton Monitor. Also Tony Bena's scale Nichols & Shepard was just one of the operating scale engines at this year's reunion.
At right, Carl Turtle of Howell, MI with the Kelley family's 1913 110 HP Case. This engine has been at Pawnee for 25 years.
One of the engines that provided power to the thresher was a 1915 J. I. Case 65 HP owned by Chady Atteberry and family.
The 1997 reunion will be held May 2, 3, 4 and will feature Ivan Burn's Advance- Rumely, equipment of the Allis- Chalmers Company, and Delco gas engines.