Steam Notes

| September/October 1975

Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022.

'He's not musical, he's 'steamsical'.'

That's what Noah Getz's mother replied when someone wondered why her son went to the trouble of building a steam calliope by himself when he didn't know one note of music from another.

Noah Getz does, indeed, have 'steam in his blood'. At the age of six in October of 1924, he fired his first engine, a Peerless traction. For his 10th birthday he received a steam engine whistle, an event he remembers vividly and enjoys recalling.

In 1961 the famed Wallace Bros. Circus was in Lancaster, Pa. when the calliope player, L.A. Bartlett, then 75 years old, of Enid Okla. left the show. Noah and his brothers Robert and William, who had been talking with circus officials about the calliope for two years, agreed to store the instrument.

In exchange, they received permission to display it at local events, such as the Landisville Farm Show Museum celebration and the Kinzers Rough and Tumble convention. Mrs. Milfred Witman of East Petersburg and Arlene Hartenstein of Rohrers town, stuffed their ears with cotton and played at these events.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265