1971 REPORT OF THE OLD TIME THRESHERS AND SAWMILL OPERATORS

Rumely steam engine

Basil, at age 58, with his model of a Rumely steam engine. Courtesy of Basil Dare, La Belle, Missouri 63447.

Basil Dare

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11710 Johnson Road, R. R. 13, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808.

The 21st Annual Show of The Old Time Threshers and Sawmill Operators was held August 12, 13, 14 and 15th, 1971 on the Jim Whitbey Farm. Opening each morning included the raising of the flag and playing 'The Star Spangled Banner', followed by prayer. 'Coming to Our Place to Thresh' followed-as you looked across the field you saw five complete threshing outfits nearing the show grounds ready to start threshing.

Among the large engines were the Gaar-Scott operated by Jin Fennell of Burr Oak, Michigan; the Avery owned and operated by Maurice Lewallen and son, Larry; a 50 Case operated by John Arnold; Nichols and Shepard owned and operated by Ken Lewis of Jackson, Michigan; Advance Rumely operated by Phil Liechty; Case owned and run by Dennis Lewallen; Susie Q. M Rumely driven by two Amish men from Cleveland, Ohio; Double cylinder Nichols and Shepard owned by Chas. Winebrenner; Advance belonging to Ray Wenger of Sturgis, Michigan; Case, 102 years old operated by Chas. Barker of Lexington, Kentucky and a Case owned and run by Harry Woodmansee of Dowling, Michigan.

Among the smaller engines was a Model Port Huron owned and operated by John Nahrwold and a Model Baker owned and run by Paul Cole.

One of the interesting attractions was cutting grain as it was done in years gone by, with Harry Woodmansee starting with the grain cradle. He was followed by Wilson Wells pulling the grain reaper with a team of ponies. The third was Jim Whitbey pulling the grain binder with his tractor with Wally Liechty riding the binder. This was followed by the grain combine.  

Also, there was a 1900 Locomobile Steam Car owned by Chas. Winebrenner and driven by his two grandsons. They were hauling passengers around the show grounds.

Added attractions each day were the shingle mill, the teeter-totter, veneer lathe, shredding corn, sawing lumber with the large sawmill, plowing with steam engines and threshing grain. There was plenty of activity at all times.

There was the Old Fashioned Square dance on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning the usual Church Service which was enjoyed by a large audience.

The dates of the next Reunion will be August 17,18,19 and 20th, 1972.