Historic Photos Give Traction Steam Engines New Life
Collection of historic photos at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion highlight the importance of traction steam engines to American agriculture
Photographs in the new steam display at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion recall an infectious sense of pride. “When these photos were taken, it was a way of recording history,” Lennis Moore says. “But it also allowed these farmers to send postcards to their friends and relatives and say ‘Look how good we’re doing!’”
This youngster is dwarfed by a massive Case eagle said to have once been a part of a Case manufacturing plant.
Left to right: Lennis Moore, Chris Heaton, Wayne Kennedy and Bob Gilchrist. Kneeling at front: Jay Sigafoose. “We rely heavily on these guys as a sounding board,” Lennis says. Chris, Wayne, Bob and Jay are actively involved in the steam area at Mt. Pleasant as long-time exhibitors and past/present board members. “They really were the advocates for this display. Chris and Bob spearheaded the fundraising effort.”