PIONEER ENGINEERS CLUB OF INDIANA
JOHN J. MENCHHOFER
520 W. 12th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
The annual reunion of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana was
held August 5, 6, and 7, 1955, on the Lawrence Porter farm 6 miles
north of Rushville, Indiana. Years before the formation of this
Club the threshermen of Indiana were banded together under the
time-honored name of the Brotherhood of Indiana Threshermen whom at
that time were united for business instead of a hobby or for the
pleasure of once again seeing and hearing the steam traction engine
and large separator threshing the golden grain.
The reunion this year was by far better and more enjoyable than
any before. Members and others enjoyed and were interested to smell
the smoke and hot cylinder oil came from near and far to again
refresh their memories of the old steamer.
More than 9,000 people were visitors to this reunion, all
departed having enjoyed a day or more with the oil time steam
The Hannagan Church Ladies Aid furnished the food August 5 and
6, and August 7, the ladies of the Club furnished the food.
The writer of this believes that the Ladies Aid and the ladies
of the Club tried to out-do each other as both groups had the best
of food and plenty of it.
The plans for the reunion next year are now being made and no
doubt will be better than this year's program. There will be
several new items on next years program that will be of much
interest to all.
Below is a list of the large steam engines on the ground and the
John gives a list of all the machinery exhibited and the names
and addresses of those who owned them. We have by necessity
eliminated that part of the report because of lack of space. Maybe
that would be more interesting than some other material we have but
this time we are leaving it out. We hope another time to have more
room. The Editor.