Rushville Republican


July 30, 2013

Pioneer Engineers Club 65th Reunion this weekend


“In 20 years, I have yet to encounter anyone who leaves our show disappointed. The friendships I’ve gained have been priceless to me. It’s a wonderful weekend and an ever-changing experience. Just because you’ve come once before doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy a return visit. Step up on the back of a steam engine and witness for yourself the grandeur. These people take such great pride in maintaining the integrity of the reunion. Come see us! You’ll be surprised at what you find,” Houston said.

Are you interested in collecting and restoring old farm equipment like steam engines, tractors, or hit and miss gas engines? If so, the Pioneer Engineers Club is comprised of people like yourself who enjoy bringing their families and their machines to the reunion and other festivals around the nation to celebrate and appreciate bygone days on the farm.

The Pioneer Engineers Club is a family-oriented, non-profit organization based in Rushville that has been in existence for more than 60 years. Their goal is to build on the skills and talents of members so that they can educate and entertain the public as they preserve the heritage of rural life. The Pioneer Engineers Club is one of the oldest clubs of its kind in the nation.

Caldwell Pioneer Acres is named in honor of Luther Caldwell, who was pivotal in the genesis of the club. The property consists of 67 acres located about 4 miles southwest of Rushville. Their mailing address is Pioneer Engineers Club of IN, Inc., P.O. Box 536 Rushville, IN 46173. Members of the club come from many states across the U.S.A. and are nearly 700 strong.

The club has its roots in an association which once had a large measure of influence on issues affecting agriculture and rural life. Formed at the turn of the century, this organization was known as the Indiana Brotherhood of Threshermen and had chapters in every county of our state. The Brotherhood set the local custom threshing price and served to unify its members by lobbying for their common needs, such as improvements to roads and bridges so they could safely drive their equipment from one farm to another, as well as by operating an insurance company to provide coverage for its members against fire damage. Another service the Brotherhood provided was in educating farmers in methods to improve their grain productivity.

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