The Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Co. Show

| March/April 1972

Route 1, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812.

On July 15, 16, & 17, 1971, the annual lawn party Steam & Gas Engine, Antique Car show and parade was held in the middle of the town of Bridge-water, Va. Traction Engines exhibited: 9x10 Frick built 1921, owned by Don and Rudolph Evers, Bridgewater, Va.; 8 x 10 Frick owned by Stanley Evers, Dayton, Va.; 8 x 10 Frick built 1914, owned by Ralph (Pige) Rhodes, Bridge-water, Va.; 50 H. P., E. B. Peerless built 1923 owned by W. F. (Bill) Harper, Timberville, Va.; 10 H. P. Peerless built 1889 owned by Sam Osborne, New Oxford, Pa.; 16 H. P. Peerless built 1906 owned by Paul Wichael, Bridgewater, Va. Two years ago the 16 H. P. Peerless was high and dry on top of a mountain, near Circleville, West Va. This is a fine example of bringing the old one back to life.

We also had two nice portable engines, a 4 H. P. Peerless built in 1906, owned by Nolan Liskey, Harrisonburg, Va. and a 8 x 10 Frick built 1920 owned by Harlan Senger, Mt. Solon, Va. Also exhibited was a Frick boiler mounted on a truck chassis, with undermounted engines, owned by Eston Teter, Fort Seybert, West Va.

Farm tractors exhibited were two Oil Pulls: one Model G, 20-40 H. P. owned by Carlton Shickel, Bridgewater, Va. and a model M 20-35 H. P. owned by Gene Kauffman, Harrisonburg, Va.; Allis-Chalmers owned by Gary Shifflett, Harrisonburg, Va.; Farmall Regular owned by J. 0. Stickley & Son, Harrisonburg, Va.; McCormick Deering 10-20 owned by Glenn McWilliams, Harrisonburg, Va. and a McCormick Deering W-12 owned by Earl Puffenbarger, Bridgewater, Va.

A total of 40 gas engines were exhibited and paraded, also a total of 80 antique autos were exhibited and paraded.

This being the 2nd Steam and Gas meet sponsored by the Fire Co., we know it was a great success. The Fire men appreciate the time and expense the exhibitors endure to help us in our show, and to them we owe a great big (thank-you).


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