Ed Peacock's Threshing Bee

Peerless Engine No.4057

Peerless Engine No.4057 bought by the Baumgardners, Belle, Mo., about 1880. This engine was purchased by Mr. Peacock from an heir about three years ago. This is the same engine as in large picture with exception of front wheels and spark arrest or.

HASTON L. ST.CLAIR

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7511 The Paseo, Kansas City 31, Missouri

Once again, on September 16, 17 and 18, 1960, Ed M. Peacock played host on his farm north of Fulton, Missouri, to the engine enthusiasts. This was his seventh annual threshing bee. The weather was very dry this year, which made for lots of dust.

There were several new attractions, such as two Keck Gonnerman engines, Nos.1717 and 1636. There was also a 20 hp Minneapolis No. 8427.

Another attraction this year, along with the prony brake, was the Baker Fan. The men got a great deal of fun out of running the Baker Fan and testing for the number of revolutions per minute they could turn it.

Besides the big engines were the many models of different makes, which offer not only a challenge to those who like to build models, but also afford pleasure to those who watch them perform as the big ones do.

Enclosed is a picture of a working model of a 1916 Reeves high-wheel engine, built by Raymond E. Dysart, Kansas City, Missouri. It is about two and one-half feet long.

One interesting recent acquisition of Ed's is a very old Peerless engine No.4057. This machine was bought originally by a man named Harold Baumgardner at Belle, Mo.,

about 1882. Enclosed is a picture that was taken around 1885 which shows the machine ready to move. You will note the spokes and fellows in the front wheels and the spokes in the rear wheels are of wood. They had finished threshing at this place and their pay was a yearling steer. I understand that in the early days oftentimes the thresherman was paid in anything that he would want to take at the farm; or if he chose he might take a stipulated amount of the grain in his pay.

I am also enclosing a picture of the Peerless engine No. 4057 as it appears today, seventy-five years later. Ed tells me that the original owner is not living but that four succeeding generations of the Baumgardner family are still in Missouri. Mr. Peacock came into possession of the engine from the heirs about three years ago.

The Reeves high wheeler is always a favorite at the meet, and the final picture enclosed shows Cab Hanson from Leavenworth, Kansas at the throttle. Ed is already busy planning for an enlarged meet next year, with more engines and extra attractions.