The Pawnee Oklancma STEAM SCHOOL At Boonville, Indiana, on March 27 and 28,1999

| September/October 1999

  • Injectors and steam gauges

  • Mr. Chady Atteberry
    Mr. Chady Atteberry at the podium with his slide show presentation, and a portion of the class.

  • Injectors and steam gauges
  • Mr. Chady Atteberry

3215 S. Meridian Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46217-3231

This was the first time that the Pawnee Steam School, an annual event on March 27 & 28, was held outside of Oklahoma. After a lengthy discussion, Mr. Chady Atteberry, an initial founder, had an idea that just maybe a larger attendance would be possible if the school was taken to areas where large steam shows prevail. Then, to really attract steam owners and operators, and to inspire the young people to participate, we would have to give proper instruction in all of the elements of maintaining, operating, repairing and safety that are needed.

With this thought in mind we just might help insure the preservation of the steam hobby, as well as the engines, for future generations to operate and enjoy and carry on the legacy that we leave to them. This can only happen when and if we pass on the experiences and knowledge of factual information to them. We cannot do enough to encourage, train and praise their dedication in this endeavor.

At the close of the Pawnee School for 1999, it was announced that the school for the year 2000 would be at Rushville, Indiana, with the Pioneer Engineers Club hosting the event.

When Mr. Atteberry opened the school on Saturday morning, he related to us his life experiences, and spoke of the equipment he and his father owned and operated in Oklahoma and Kansas in his early years in the wheat belt. He recalled the depression, threshing, and the dust bowl, which we older folks remember, and it makes us realize from which we came and the progress in agriculture in the last 75 years. Only we can relate to the difficult struggle just to survive during the times preceding World War II.

Chady got into the 'meat and potatoes' on boiler safety with a cutaway boiler showing the different plates/sheets with damaged surfaces, or what to inspect when purchasing an engine, as most of the critical areas can be very difficult to see. Instruction in proper boiler terminology was given so each scholar knew the correct parts.


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