Stumptown Steam Threshers

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Rt. 4, Cadiz, Ohio 43907.

The Stumptown Steam Threshers Association held its thirteenth annual show at their showground's September 6 and 7 of 1975. The grounds are located 1-1/4 miles west of New Athens, Ohio.

A wet, foggy morning dampened our spirits some the first day. It was raining at 5 o'clock that morning, but the old saying 'rain before 7 quit before 11' held true. Smoke from several of the steam engines began to go toward the heavens, as the sun came shining through, and the show got underway.

Scale models were on display, gas and oil pull tractors, and old fashioned threshing machines of different makes. On both days the sawmill, Baker fans, shingle mill, threshing machines, and a straw baler could be seen in action. Corn meal grinding on a stone burr mill, of hand picked corn of excellent quality, was there for the people to buy, from which they could make corn cakes, corn bread, and muffins.

There were flea markets everywhere on the showground's. Eating stands and concessions were there, too, to curb the hunger of young and old.

On Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, a slow engine race was held. The winner was Mr. Griffin who was running a Garr- Scott, the steam engine owned by George Richey of Norwich, Ohio.

The Ladies Auxiliary had a flea market, a bake sale, rummage sale, and a bazaar. They also had a drawing on Sunday afternoon for a lovely quilt. In addition to all this, they also sponsored the Queen Contest and the Thresherman of the Year Award. Mrs. Agnes Humphreville of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio was crowned Queen of 1975. Mr. Charles Harrison of Scio, Ohio, and President of Stumptown, was awarded the Thresherman of the Year Award.

At 4 o'clock each day, there was a parade of steam engines, tractors, and antique cars. After the parade on Saturday a Whistle Blow was held. You had to hold your ears, but it was enjoyed by all.

At 7:30, right before the Fiddlers' Contest, a group of young girls did the Can - Can. Their costumes were very colorful and the dance was enjoyed by everyone. These girls were under the direction of Mrs. Virginia Keyser.

After the dance the Fiddlers' Contest got underway with its toe tapping music. It was an enjoyable evening of old time fiddle music. This contest was under the direction of Raymond Laizure.

Sunday morning, the second day of the show, was cool, with clear skies and a warm sun beaming down all day. The church services were held out in the open with Mr. Marion Rogers taking charge of the services. Reverend Winford Burkhead was in charge of the music. It was a very good program.

Our visitors on both days were from Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and of course Ohio.

Several committees work together each year to make our show both enjoyable and successful. We hope to see all of you at our 1976 show which will be held September 11 and 12.

Officers are: Charles Harrison of Scio, Ohio-President; Earl Hamilton of Lisbon, Ohio - Vice President; Lester Toole of Cadiz, Ohio - Secretary; Melba Toole of Cadiz, Ohio - Treasurer.