One of the most eastern steam reunions in the country was held last year in Canandaigua, N. Y. by the New York Steam Engine Association, Inc. Since many old time steam buffs and threshers may be interested in our 'Pageant of Steam', we would like to give an account of the event.
A heavy rainfall came Tuesday before the meet but dust was blowing by late Wednesday and when the reunion opened Thursday sprinkler trucks had to be used. Although rainy weather threatened late one afternoon, the weather was kind to us resulting in a capacity attendance which was welcomed by a Baker fan, kept in motion by either a steam or gas engine, at the entrance.
One might be interested in a brief resume of our activities. The Association's recently purchased sawmill was operated by its original owner, Luzerne Ball. Thousands of feet of lumber was sawed from logs hauled in from nearby woods. Several traction engines powered the mill including a Frick owned by Bob Marshall. A mobile shingle mill, powered by a one cylinder 1900 - 20 HP. IHC was placed in operation by Mr. Hotchkiss of Union Springs. Souvenir shingles were given to admiring onlookers.
Blocks for the shingle mill were provided by Willson Negeldinger who operated a drag saw powered by his portable 6 HP S. W. Wood engine.
Each day Irving Lamb had his yoke of Devon oxen which went through various paces when hitched to a two wheel cart. The oxen, which are two years old, weigh within 20 pounds of one another. They are light brown and chestnut with white only on their tails. Oxen are very rare here in New York and proved a popular attraction particularly to the younger generation.
Clarence Stillson of Rochester supervised the huge model display which included live steam locomotives. 'Ken' Parkinson brought a scale 'K-4' Pennsylvania Pacific locomotive and ran it on reinforced Buddy-L track. He let many children actually 'pull the throttle'-- a wonderful thrill for the small fry. Dennison Models from Cleveland had their usual fine display and commented that ours was the largest steam meet they had ever attended. Other attractions in the model area included Craig McMillan's exhibit of old cast iron toys and toy live steam model workshop which was made in Germany many years ago. Craig also ran President 'Wally's' model Case and separator. There were dozens of model steam engines in operation including W.H. Elwood's beautiful replica of a Buffalo-Pitts. All of these models operated under their own steam or from a nearby stationary boiler.