Smolik Brothers 40-140 Reeves

Smolik Brothers 40-140 Reeves waiting a turn at prony brake.

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August 23, 24, 25 and 26th were the dates for the 20th annual power show at Antique Acres in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The show started on a real positive note. The weatherman predicted excellent weather and the membership anticipated large crowds. I'm happy to say that no one was disappointed!

Each day seemed to start with one of the engines belting up to the saw mill, bright and early. Usually providing power was Dean Bellinger's nicely restored 20 HP Advance Rumely or the Smolik Brother's fine running 22 HP Rumely operated by Charles Robinson. It seems as though sawyer, Gary Kupka, kept the blade a turning from early Thursday to late Sunday, breaking only long enough to pile more logs on the platform.

Every forenoon the engineer's took their turn on the Baker fans or the prony brake. Jack Fritcher, got the Smolik's 110 Case to bark out 140 horses on the brake. The crowd also enjoyed Stuart Fenton's big 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull 'cackling' away on one of the fans.

The fans were also used in the afternoon as the tractors took their turn. Many finely restored F-20's and F-30's were exhibited by Derwood Heine and many were pulled in the antique tractor pull Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Also pulling were Harold Pries' collection of Twin City, and Minneapolis tractors. Both men's collections are very large and well kept, I might add.

After enjoying a good lunch many of the spectators enjoyed the abundance of shade and watched the parade. Each day the parade was lead by the Pittman's scale model of a 65 Case, then followed by most of the equipment on the grounds. But the crowd pleaser had to be the Smolik's rare Phoenix Log Hauler. Using 200 pounds of steam pressure it 'raced' by the many spectators at 12 miles an hour. This seems quite fast after watching the other engines move at a much slower pace.

It seemed as though all of the crowd took in the plowing demonstration. Nowhere else have I seen such a spectacle. Randy Schwerin guided the Smolik's 40-140 cross-compound Reeves across the field with the 14' x 14 bottom plow, making it seem like easy work. People come from all over the world to see this engine (IMA Sept-Oct 1979 front cover, and Nov-Dec 1984 back) and no one is disappointed. The Smolik Brothers and Randy Schwerin, all knowledgeable men on steam, keep this engine in fine shape.

Also doing some plowing was the 110 Case, and Rich Stavely's 9 HP hitch pulling a 3 bottom plow. I understand this set up is quite rare.

Rich also used one of his big Belgian horses to power a 1 HP baler. That is also pretty rare. The old horse had quite a job to get the big straw stack baled before supper. The 32' Wood Brothers separator did a good job of threshing the many loads of bundles. Dave Fowles' 16 HP Reeves and the Fischel's 18 HP Wood Brothers steam engine provided plenty of power.

Well, I could run on and on, but I'll save space for someone else. I know I forgot to mention the two big stationary steam engines, the gas engines, and much more. But, maybe I can write again next year.

I would like to thank everyone who participated with this years' show, and welcome everyone back to next year's reunion, the 22, 23, 24, and 25th of August 1985.