WATER WORLD: A Show Featuring Pumps At The Blue Mountain Gas & Steam Show
Pump found used as a mailbox stand.
969 Iron Bridge Rd Mount joy, Pennsylvania 17552
At the Blue Mountain show, I passed a lady wearing a tee shirt
which said, 'If Mama's not happy, ain't nobody
happy.' Well, this 'Mama' was very happy at the grove
in Jacktown, Pennsylvania, on July 16th, 1998.
The best retirement benefit for a gas engine guy is the
opportunity to arrive early and pick a choice spot at a show. All
was quiet when we turned in the driveway. As I gazed at the
well-manicured grounds, I could see there had been a lot of
planning and preparation. In fact I was told about a group of men
known as 'The Boys' who often meet at the grounds and on
occasion at the diner in Bangor. They are the ones who keep the
grove lookin' so good. They also do other club projects as well
on a regular basis. These 'boys' are leaving a grand legacy
for the younger generation.
This was the first I had seen the area that once had been dense,
unusable underbrush transformed into a beautiful shady, grassy
park-like setting. To make us comfortable and to add a friendly
touch, unusual light-weight portable chairs which come in sections
were set around the grounds. These chairs are easily moved at will
to watch a demonstration or just to sit in the shade and reflect. I
think Al Stickney asked Lloyd Osmun St., if the club would be
interested in some chairs and he said, 'sure.' Lloyd has
great vision and always wants everyone to be happy at the show.
What a guy!
We chose a spot at the rear so we could have our truck camper
with our display. As we finished setting up our display, it seemed
the activity began. From our vantage point, we watched the many
brands of tractors arrive and fill up their designated area. We saw
huge dump trucks unload gigantic logs for the saw mill, and smaller
logs for the drag saw, shingle and planer operations.
Also arriving and placed near the saw mill was an unusual
machine called the Morgan Lock Corner Cutter manufactured in 1896.
Among other things, it was used to make finger joint boxes for the
shipment of Remington typewriters. It dawned on me that in the
future people will be collecting old typewriters and kids will be
asking, 'What are those things?' This machine is owned by
Mark and Dawn Cromley from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania who work very
hard: at their exhibit as they make souvenir finger joint boxes
branded on the lid with the club's logo. The boxes made an
unusual and useful souvenir.
Then came the truck bringing the gigantic In gersol-Rand oil
engine once used at the I-R plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. This
is an eight cylinder, 101/2' bore,
12' stroke, 8308 CI, 1000 HP at 720 Max r.p.m. The engine was
built in 1936. A diesel motor is used to start the big engine. When
show time for this is about to begin, the engine guys pick up the
four-seat benches, plunk them down, sit with their arms folded and
watch it run. Although I could see no visible moving parts, the
absolute power the emanates from it is fascinating. I have a
picture of a giant piston once used in it. This engine is owned by
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