| July/August 1996

Our 32nd Annual Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Power Show was held August 18, 19 and 20 at the fairgrounds in Dover, Ohio. The weather was dry, but hot.

The 32nd show featured the Russell line of equipment which was manufactured 25 miles north up the Tuscarawas River in Massillon, Ohio. In the steam area Russell was represented with the 6 HP traction through the 25 HP Russell steam traction engine and a 6 HP portable. In the tractor area we were blessed with two Russell gas tractors, a 10-20 built in 1917 and owned by my brother and me, and a 20-40 owned by Earl Scheetz of Massillon, Ohio, and built in 1924. Earl started to restore her 25 years ago but because of the demands of working for a living she had to wait till his recent retirement, making it in time to make our Russell show with this rare Russell.

Special thanks to the Massillon Museum for their fine display of Russell items, and for loaning us the weathervane which was on the Russell office building. Also on display were items and parts from a Russell steam shovel which was scrapped years ago near neighboring Baltic, Ohio.

Though Russell was the featured equipment line, there was much more to see than Russells. In addition to the eight Russell steam traction engines on the saw mill, Baker fans and power eater, 15 other traction engines representing seven different manufacturers were also kept busy. The Erie steam shovel moved dirt all three days, and there was a road roller or two running around.

In addition to the two Russell gas tractors, I would guess there were at least 200 tractors, with the Greens and Reds being in the majority. Not to be outdone, the stationary steam area and gas engine area were very busy as always, and I am not sure I ever made it through the complete area!

I would like to invite everyone to our 33rd show which will be held August 16, 17 and 18. This year we will be hosting the 1996 Hart Parr-Oliver Collectors Association summer show.