White River Valley Antique Club Sold on Antique Farm Equipment Demonstrations
The White River Valley Antique Club in Elnora, Ind., focuses on antique farm equipment and historic items
Readying the lineshaft at the machine shop/wood shop. Club members spent more than three years acquiring machinery for the machine shop. The equipment there includes a drill press, lathe, shaper, milling machine and air compressor, all powered by a 10 hp Fairbanks-Morese gas engine.
Pressing sorghum. Club members also cook the juice into a thick syrup.
The Martin Oil Company at the White River show. It was surrounded during show weekend by antique farm trucks.
A McCormick -Deering corn husker-shredder dating from the early 1920s. Behind the McCormick-Deering: an all-wood Huber made in 1917.
The White River grist mill, completed for the 2000 show season. The grist mill – modeled on those typical in the 1800s – has fast become a popular attraction at the showgrounds. A water tower on the club grounds provides a water supply for the water wheel.
This Ellis Keystone Champion thresher was powered by a three-horse treadmill at Elnora.
Cornmeal ground onsite is sold at the Elnora show. The upper level of the grist mill also showcases a collection of flour and cornmeal sacks.
If it were just work, the volunteers would be harder to come by. But as the looks on these faces show, putting on a show is plenty of fun, too.
Flailing grain: The way grain was processed before mechanized threshing. First, using a flail, the grain was literally beaten from the straw. Then, as shown here using nothing more sophisticated than a shovel, the grain was winnowed to remove the chaff.
A 1920 "Longfellow" Port Huron 24-75 making its debut at the Elnora show.