Case Steam Threshing Outfit

32 X 110 HP Case Steam Threshing Outfit, largest built by J.I. Case Company. The steam engine and thresher both were built in 1911. Owner is George Hedtke, Davis Junction, Illinois, president of North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Inc. The Thresher i

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Upperco, Maryland 21155

This outfit was in operation at a New Show Site this August at George Hedtke's Farm, located on Highway 72, East of U.S. 51, Jet. just 1-1/4 miles. A large storage building, 60 foot by 140 foot was completed earlier this year. This is the first of several buildings that will be built in the near future. Courtesy of Emil Svanda, Box 111, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020 S-74

Regardless of two rainy days, the 19th Annual Maryland Steam Show was an outstanding success again this year. President Gilbert Wisner and his crew made many new improvements to the grounds and facilities which made for a smooth operation of the show with a lot less work involved for the help.

Aside from the usual display of steam traction engines, there were three Western style engines on display this year - a Russell, a Nichols & Shepard and a Port Huron compound. Also, the last Peerless engine built was one of the attractions. It is owned by Mervin Grubb of Steelton, Pennsylvania.

Antique farm tractors also pronounced their power at the show, pulling the 'Metroliner' bus for the rides, running the Baker and shingle saw.

Gas engines of every make and horsepower lined the midway. Some of those are valued at over $1500 each.

An antique fire truck provided rides for the children.

There were threshing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday. The thresher was powered by Gilbert Wisner's 50 HP Case traction engine. Also in operation was the sawmill powered by the 50 HP portable which is owned by the Society. Different makes of engines took turns powering the shingle mill.

A very large flea market drew lots of attention this year and was well patronized. The young and old enjoyed the helicopter rides which offered a chance to view the entirem show from above. If you have never ridden one, you don't know what you are missing.

There was plenty of food available on the grounds, along with good homemade soup cooked in steam kettles. A large upright boiler provides the steam for the soup kettles, plus the model engines and a 100 HP stationary engine.

Sunday afternoon, there was an Antique Automobile display on the grounds. Many different types of beautiful antique cars were there, including a Stanley Steamer - run about in original condition - of course, ALL vehicles were original!

Believe me, there was so much going on and so many things to see, I can hardly tell you about it all in this report - so why not attend our show next fall and see for yourself!

The entire group here at the Maryland Steam Historical Society wishes to thank all helpers, exhibitors and the general public for their patronage. Without your help, this show certainly would not be possible. Many thanks and God bless every one of you!