President, Blackwell, Oklahoma
Friday, August 17, saw the efforts of many people come to reality in the form of the organized program of the Antique Engine and Threshers Association. At 1:00 P. M., Mrs. Stroud brought the group to attention by playing 'The Star Spangled Banner' on the Caliope and Bill Arnett gave the invocation. The show was officially started. The many events were staged as scheduled. Big Mac of course went up the famous Case incline with his 'Elgin watch' 40hp. Case. The Prony brake was used liberally. The cord wood saw got a lot of use even the model engine sawed wood.
Threshing of oats and rye was done with Ottaway Bros. 32' Avery Yellow Fellow and the Case 20' hand feed. Various engines powered the Avery while Knapp's 6hp. Russell usually powered the hand feed. Mr. Varney's model pulled the Case once also. The whistle code was under the supervision of Bill Merhoff of Newkirk, Oklahoma, and Everett Rohrers of Engle-wood, Colorado, who brought a Union Pacific locomotive whistle with him to use in the railroad code. Later Mr. Rohrers donated the whistle to the Association.
The Martin Bros., of Fairview, Oklahoma, brought their Baker fan to the meet. This fan has four blades 24'x32' that swing on a 36' radius. This proved to be very interesting and with a 24' pulley would load the 20 to 25 hp. engines nicely. The Trego 20hp. Advance and Ottaway's 24 Minnie were the stars on this with 410 and 435 R.P.M. Our thanks to the Martens for the use of their fan. Case engines from the little 9hp. of R. D. Yoder's to the giant 110hp. of Ottaway's were in action. Several old time gas tractors were operating.
Knapp's 6hp. 1890 model Russell was the teeter-totter engine.
In the Model section Mr. Varney of Little River, Kansas, had his model there. Chas. Bolton of Reese, Kansas, and Jack Kauer of Wichita had Case models. Bill Jones of Wichita had his upright model in action.
Sunday morning, August 19, we awoke to the patter of a light drizzle and the temperature had nose-dived to 49 degrees. The need for a coat was evident, and many coats were worn all day. We found the buffalo grass turf in the Joyland Park Athletic field soaked down somewhat from the drizzle and our big tent had collapsed in the mud. So we were busy. The show was an hour late getting started, but everyone seemed to enjoy it that much more. It proved to be our best day yet.
The Association owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Robert Burke and Claude Shriver who are chief and deputy State Boiler Inspectors for their untiring efforts inspecting the mam boilers used. And in that connection I wish to thank each and everyone who helped to make this 6th annual meeting the success it was. Thanks to you, Irvin Anderson of Detroit. Michigan, for your efforts.
That seems to be about it Elmer. We missed you this year but of course you were well represented by Hal Ottaway and many people have now seen and heard of the IRON-MEN ALBUM out here that never dreamed of such a thing before.
Sending $2.00 for your ALBUM which interests me immensely. I have many antiques: 1912 Advance, 26hp compound; a Case separator built in 1891 this has never missed a season threshing. One Port Huron corn shredder built in 1905 with self-feeder, a 1915 model 'T' Ford roadster, 1920 Overland '4', a 1923 Dodge pickup and many antique clocks.
My father was a commercial thresher man in a big way. Last summer we put on a steam engine day program and had a big crowd. 11 you would like to print the history of this equipment I will send it to you with some pictures.
LESTER F. MAUS, Minnesota City, Minnesota