RR 13, Box 209 Brazil, Indiana 47834
The 1996 annual show was held August 2-4 at Rushville, Indiana. The show had wonderful weather for all three days, compared to the muck and mire of last year. Rushville can always be counted on to put on a good show, and 1996 was no exception. Twenty-seven steam engines were at the show and took their turn on the sawmill, dynamometer or Baker fan. All engines were in good operating condition and the engineers were ready to let them show their stuff.
The sawmill and crew puts on one of the best saw milling demonstrations I have seen at a show. Berry Moorman organizes a roster of steam engines to be on the sawmill and Charlie Richards, his brother Bob, and other Richards family members who comprise the sawmill crew then decide what logs to saw to put on the best performance. One reason I like it is because an engine is only on the sawmill for 30 to 45 minutes or enough time to saw about three logs, then it is unbelted and another engine, which is already waiting its turn, belts to the mill. Another reason is because the head sawyer can put on such a good show whether a 24 HP or a 10 HP engine is belted up because he purposely saves back small logs for smaller engines.
A pair of Baker 23-90 steam engines at Rushville. #17300 is owned by Lester Oeder and Charles Williams. #17539 is owned by Kim Besecker.
Three generations of the New family were at the Rushville show: Al, Alan, and Andy New. Andy kept his 12 HP Advance busy around the show grounds and helped other engineers with their engines. Alan ran his 24 HP Port Huron Longfellow on the sawmill, and Al had a good time visiting and watching son Alan and grandson Andy operate their engines.
Rushville is one of the few shows where you can actually buy miscellaneous steam parts and literature. The 1996 flea market had articles for sale to interest every age and gender.
The show had a first time visitor in Joe Graziana of Wood River, Illinois, and Chaddy Atteberry of Blackwell, Oklahoma, who had only been to the show one time many years ago. Joe and Chady were very impressed with the mechanical condition of the steam engines and the ability of the engineers. Lyle Hoffmaster of Bucyrus, Ohio, managed to pluck some 'Case tail feathers' from Chady Atteberry and Tommy Lee of Calhoun, Kentucky. Lyle has a growing collection of these 'tail feathers.'
Come to the Rushville Show starting Friday, August 1, and be prepared to see an excellent steam show!