Eagan Threshing Bee

The 9th Annual Eagan

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The 9th Annual Eagan, Minnesota Threshing Bee was held July 30, 31, 1977 at the George H. Ohman farm.

As usual, it was a show featuring much interesting activity. The kind you expect to see when you go to a reunion and there is always something interesting that you didn't expect, and that makes it more fascinating. For instance, it may be a tractor you knew that was manufactured in the old days but you had never seen one, or it may have been a steam engine or gas engine you knew of at one time, but you had not seen one.

An example of what I'm trying to say here happened to me when I saw a Townsend gas tractor for the first time at a show in 1966. Spinning wheels, looms for making carpets and rugs, soap making and several other things including butter churning, all draw the attention of people at the Threshing Reunions.

When Ralph Traux and I arrived at the Eagon Show on Saturday, July 30, lumber sawing was in progress using George H. Ohman's 28 HP

Minneapolis engine. With Reuben Boettcher as engineer, it was belted to the lumber saw cutting large hard wood logs into dimension lumber.

Mr. Ohman's 50 HP Case engine with engineer, John Mollenhauer in charge, was belted to an edger nearby.

In the afternoon stacks of rye bundles were threshed. A 36' Minneapolis thresher and a 36' Red River Special, both equipped with wing feeders, were used both days. Ted Knaak and Gene Roggeman were on hand with Ted's 65 HP Case. Vic Wentsel brought his 18 HP Advance Rumely. These two engines and George Ohman's Minneapolis and Case engine all took turns running the threshers.

Another engine, used for threshing, was George Ohman Sr.'s 60 HP Aultman and Taylor gas tractor. He purchased it in 1944 for $400.00. Needless to say, it is his pride and joy. He used the tractor for 15 years doing custom threshing. He used a 32' Minneapolis separator with wing feeders, and a 28' Huber thresher which he has in a shed at the present time.

The 120 acre farm owned by George Ohman, Sr., was purchased by his father about the time George was born in 1894. Ever since then, it has been his home. It is where he and his wife, now deceased, lived happily and raised their family. At present, he is assisted in the farm operation by his son, Marvin, who lives nearby with his wife and family. Mr. Ohman enjoys his farm life along with the machinery he owns and operates. He enjoys riding on the grain binder as it kicks out the grain bundles at harvest time. When threshing time comes, he is often seen standing on the deck of a threshing machine just above the cylinder while the machine is in operation. From there he watches as the pitchers on the grain stacks place the bundles in the wing feeder.

Much activity was in progress at the show. Karl Marquardt operated the shingle and lathe mills. George Wilson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, was on hand with his model Rumely Oil Pull, pulling a light trailer giving rides as he always does. His son, George Wilson, Jr. of Eau Clair, Wisconsin brought a miniature John Deere and a miniature Wood Pecker engine made in Minneapolis about from 1898 to 1920.

Betty and Bob Holler brought 6 gas engines including a Miller engine which he restored. They also had miniature toys and toy steam engines.

A small gas engine was operating a drag saw owned by Al Von Bank and son of the Jordan show.

Rupert Wheeler brought 5 gas engines and 3 pump jacks. John Goldsmith of Amery, Wisconsin, former owner of a 60 HP one cylinder Patton engine, showed 9 small gas engines.

Frank Stelter brought two gas engines and a padlock collection.

Les Goetzke of 1226 Smith Avenue, West St. Paul had 6 small gas engines all running. He is a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc., St. Croix Valley Branch No. 1.

The Hungry Hollow Club was well represented at the show.

Going back to some of the equipment that makes the Ohman Show interesting, we will first mention some of the tractors. In addition to the 30-60 Aultman and Taylor, another headliner is a heavy duty gas tractor of the caterpillar or crawler type, purchased about two years ago from Eagan Township. It is equipped with steel lugs. It was used for snow plowing.

From a 10-20 McCormick Deering operating the shingle mill, we came to a 17-30 Minneapolis with the motor mounted crosswide. There is an Oliver 99 tractor, a two-cylinder John Deere; a 39-57 Minneapolis; a F-20 Farmall, a Farmall with a cultivator and a 22-36 McCormick Deering. The crawler type tractor along with others gave plowing demonstrations in a nearby field.

There were at least 11 grain threshing machines with at least 6 of them ready for use. From a corn shredder, we go to just about every piece of equipment you would find in antique farm collections.

It is always nice meeting people at the show, and one of these was Eileen Mc Lafferty Strasser of Hudson, Wisconsin and Bill Kane of Rosemount, Minnesota. Eileen's father was manager of the Rosemount lumber yard for Rudy Ward and Frank Underwood.

I met George Grivina of Minneapolis who told me he built a 1' scale Case steam engine, a 1/3 scale Advance-Rumeiy separator and a 1/3 scale IHC Mogul 10-20 gas tractor. I enjoyed meeting Arnold R. Hessedal of Kenyon, Minnesota. We talked of engines and threshing.

It was about 5:30 P.M. that Sunday afternoon, July 31, when the Eagan Threshing Bee drew to a close.