40 HP Case Steam Engine on the Incline at Pawnee
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Mentioning a few, they cited Don and Gary Bradley from Montana, Herb Beckemeyer and Ray DeMent from Illinois, Junior Christian, Lyle Hoffmaster and Francis Young from Ohio.
M.B. Martinson from Minnesota was seen running the 30-98 N & S while Vern Ganter from Indiana helped on the double Keck. Big John Beanland and LeRoy Reiman from Illinois have helped Ivan Burns (club president) with his engines for years.
Frank VanCleve and Frank Jr. from Pennsylvania again amazed spectators with their hot air engines. Roy Larson, Eddie Mittelsladt, Dean Shellhouse, and Wayne Kennedy were on hand from Iowa. Roy was all charged up because he had just purchased a double rear mounted Keck, Atteberry said.
Ron and Francis Sevart from Girard, Kansas, were again a big help running the 20-40 Oil Pull and Don Messing from Nebraska helped Atteberry with the Elgin Watch 40.
The small gasoline engine show is fast becoming a major segment of the Pawnee event. Hundreds of the units were spread out through the shade trees all three days and trading activities and tip sharing were fast and furious.
Show organizers moved the dates to May from Oklahoma's summer and attendance reflected the wisdom of the change. Showers on the grounds are still a welcome sight.
Club members from all over Oklahoma begin months in advance preparing for the show. Along with them come their women because work weekends mean hearty appetites. The women folk whip up some good vittles for noontime dinner meals any thresher would enjoy.
Money from the gate is put back into the show. This year new permanent restroom facilities were added and the small engine crowd is completing a loading ramp for their units.
As a sidelight to this, the club has begun an instructional program on the steam engine. First classes have already been held where operators like Chady Atteberry detail the workings of the engines and boilers on paper. Before too long, the operators-to-be will move into the field for hands-on training.
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