At the close of the 1967 North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Kings, III. This is Hedtke's largest threshing outfit, a 110 h.p. Case steam engine and a 42 x 70 Avery Yellow Fellow thresher, finishing up the final load. At times on Sunday 3 steam outfits were seen threshing at the same time, two of which can be seen with the straw piles on this picture. Next year a 44 x 66 Case Thresher, recently purchased by Hedtke, will be seen at the show, making the largest Case Threshing outfit in existance.
Horse power threshing and crowd that was seen daily at the North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Kings, Illinois last August 10-11-12-13. Thousands of spectators came to see this great and unusual feature. Guests registered from 26 states, including Alaska, and visitors from Japan. Herman Hintzsche, DeKalb, III., can be seen on the platform of the horse power unit (with derby hat), supervising its operation. Herman did much to restore this horse power, along with George W. Hedtke, Davis Junction, III., owner of the unit. John Southard, Allegan, Michigan can be seen approaching the horse powered thresher (with derby hat) which he hand fed during the 4 day event.
Six teams of horses and mules are hitched to an unusual horse power unit for threshing grain. This was done prior to the opening date of the North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Kings, III., to accustom the teams to walk in unison in a circular motion. Teams and drivers are from Ogle and Winnebago County. George W. Hedtke of Davis Junction, III., owns the horse power unit.
Pictured here is a 32' Case Agitator Thresher, built in 1889, nicely restored and in excellant condition. It is a horse powered unit, has a slat straw stacker, and bagger attachment. Note the tumbling rods. This horse powered thresher did a fine job of threshing oats at the North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Kings, Ill., last August. It will be used annually. Owner: George W. Hedtke, Davis Junction, III. 61020.
Pictured here is an original and complete horse power threshing unit, a six team hitch, beautifully restored and in A-1 condition. It is an 1889 Case 'Wood-bury Dingee', and is believed to be the only one of its kind in working condition. This will be seen in operation annually at the North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Kings, Illinois Owner: George W. Hedtke, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020.
Forty acres of bound oats neatly shocked in straight rows by old time farmers. This is at the 'King Farm', Kings, III., site of the 1967 North Central Illinois Steam Power Show. This show will repeat itself annually at the King farm. The 1967 crop yielded 92 bushels to the acre. Ten acres were threshed daily by the newly formed show, promoted by George W. Hedtke of Davis Junction, III. 61020.