1974 Annual Report of the Stumptown Steam Threshers

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The Stumptown Steam Threshers Association held their twelfth annual show at their show grounds September 7th and 8th of 1974. The grounds are located 1-1/4 miles west of New Athens, Ohio.

A cool, foggy Saturday morning caused the smoke from the 11 steam engines to hug the ground. The sun came out about noon and continued to shine the rest of the day.

On display were scale models and several engines. Also gas and oil pull tractors, and old fashioned threshing machines of different makes. On both days the sawmill, Baker fans, shingle mill, threshing machines, and a straw baler could be seen. Corn meal grinding on a stone burr mill, from hand picked corn of excellent quality, was shown both days.

There were flea markets everywhere, eating stands and several other concessions to curb the hunger of young and old. The Ladies' Auxiliary also had a flea market in addition to a bake sale, rummage sale, and bazaar.

On Saturday afternoon we were glad to see our President, Charles Harrison, who had been ill, able to attend the show to see the crowning of Mrs. Elsie Sells of Lisbon, Ohio as Queen of 1974. And the presentation of the Thresherman Of The Year Award to Mr. Raymond Laizure of Cadiz, Ohio.

The Ladies Auxiliary sponsored both of the above events. Also they auctioned off a crazy quilt on Saturday night and raffled off a red, white, and blue afgan on Sunday.

At four o'clock each day there was a parade of steam engines, tractors, and antique autos. After the parade on Saturday a whistle blow was held. Even though you held your ears the sound of the whistles were loud; but enjoyable.

At 7:30, right before the Fiddler's Contest, a group of young girls did the Can-Can. Their costumes were very colorful and the dance was enjoyed by all. These girls were under the direction of Mrs. Virginia Keyser.

After the dance the Fiddler's Contest got underway with its toe -tapping music. This contest was under the direction of Raymond Laizure.

Sunday morning, the second day of the show, was cool until the sun came out to shine the rest of the day. Mr. Marion Rogers took charge of the church services and had a very good sermon. Reverend Winford Burkhead was in charge of the music which everyone enjoyed.

Our visitors on both days came from as far away as Iowa, Texas, Florida, and a young student from Cairo, Egypt who was visiting the United States.

Several committees work together to make our show both enjoyable and successful. We hope to see all your smiling faces at our 1975 show which will be held September 5th and 6th.

Officers are: Charles Harrison, President, of Scio, Ohio; Raymond Laizure, Vice President, Cadiz, Ohio; Lester Toole, Secretary, Cadiz, Ohio; Melba Toole, Treasurer, Cadiz, Ohio.