Steam Returns to Eaton

| January/February 1998

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    One member of Pioneer Club found this WTM door in a hedge row on his property and brought it up.
  • Wood steam engine
    Danny Dale and his 1905 8 HPS. W. Wood steam engine.

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  • Wood steam engine

By Neighbors for Historic Eaton & 'Back Street Mary'
RR 1, Box 124 Eaton, New York 13334

This year the small hamlet of Eaton celebrated its first Old Hometown Day on July 13th. The day brought back to Eaton something that has been missing for almost 100 years, a real steam engine and the shrill sound of a steam whistle.

The Old Hometown Day was put on by the people of Eaton to rally community spirit, to celebrate Eaton's rich history and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of its small rural fire department.

The usual on these occasions, the parade, craft show, games, barbecue and band were fun, but certainly the most memorable part was the running of Danny Dale's S. W. Wood steam engine and the startling sound of its steam whistle at Eaton's first ever tractor and engine show.

The show, organized by Mike Curtis and the Neighbors for Historic Eaton, featured Danny Dale from Camden, New York, who was joined by the Central New York Chapter of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, (TOYS) Tractors of Yesteryear and many others. Also on hand for the celebration was Stanley Davis who hauled his Economy hit and miss engine and gristmill all the way from Live Oak, Florida, to savor the history being made.

The day's only disappointment was its lack of a traction steam engine. A traction engine that was planned for the day, a 50 HP Case that belongs to Tommy Curtis, was unable to make it because of required repair work.


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