| January/February 1977

  • 16 HP Reeves steamer
    90-year-old Joe Vrbsky of Crete, NB., stands in front of a 16 HP Reeves double-simple steamer.

  • 16 HP Reeves steamer

(The Lanky Yankee), K5PXV-KCR 1134, 708 Lorrie Drive, Richardson, Texas 75080

In July 1976, the bulletin board at Pitts Industries, Inc., Carrollton, Texas (where I work as an in-process inspector of Electro lock magnetic clutches) said the plant would be shut down for vacation the first two weeks in August. That evening, I happened to be thumbing thru I.M.A. and saw an ad for Trauger's 'Old Timer Day' on August 8. Having previously enjoyed the Urbana, Ohio and the Waukomis, Oklahoma shows in the early 70's, coupled with the fact that my folks live in Crete, N. B., all fitted into our vacation plans. With my dad being laid up in Crete Municipal Hospital, I did the next best thing and wrote a letter to my 90-year-old uncle-in-law, Joe Vrbsky, who also lives in Crete; inviting him to go with me to Trauger's on August 8.

Come August 8,9:00 A.M., I drove our faithful 1964 Chev  to Uncle Joe's place in Crete. Uncle Joe was sitting on the front porch, cane in hand, raring to go. We drove slowly to Exeter. There wasn't much traffic on Highway 6, and Uncle Joe and I enjoyed seeing how the crops are coming.

Our part of Texas raises cotton, wheat and maize but practically no corn. Nebraska corn, especially the irrigated fields, is a striking example of God's handiwork when man helps things along a little.!

We got to Trauger's grove about 9:00 A.M., put our donations in and spent the hour moseying around the four steamers; Case, Advance Rumely, Port Huron and Reeves. The genuine friendliness of the engineers and visitors showed that Nebraskans are friendly folks just like Texans.

The ecumenical religious service was beautifully done. I belong to the 1st Christian Church in Richardson, Texas and Uncle Joe belongs to the 1st Methodist Church in Crete, NB. Rev. Herrick, Methodist from Grand Island, NB., gave an inspiring sermon, and Msgr. Ingenhorst from Exeter, NB., gave a particularly fitting benediction. A humorous note when one of the steamer's pop valves cut loose, Rev. Herrick, being fast on his feet mentally, said he planned it that way to wake everybody up before the collection plate was passed!


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