Sec. Route 1, Box 332 Adena, Ohio
Beautiful hot weather graced the Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion held on September 7 & 8, 1985. Many attended the show although a slight decline in attendance was observed mostly due to the status of the economy and hot weather.
Saturday's show opened with prayer by Lester Nabb and flag raising ceremonies led by the Cadiz Boy Scouts Troop #269. Threshing, baling, cornmeal grinding, sawing, shingle making, power eater demo, etc. continued until the noon whistle blow. At 12:45, the Ladies Auxiliary crowned Joe Harrison, Thresher-man of the Year and Jane Sloan as Queen. The crowning was done by last year's winners who were Doc Saffell and Mary Hardrock. The new thresherman of the year and queen took their royal ride in the back of Ralph Jones' 1922 Model T 1-ton truck. At 1:00, the slow engine race and block race got underway. The slow engine race in the antique class was won by Jim Fisher on Harrison's 20 HP Russell and Bill Rees won in the scale class. John McDowell won the block race with his 23-90 Baker.
After the race, the usual program of activities continued until 3:30 p.m. when the kiddie tractor pull under the supervision of the TriValley Young Farmers & Wives got underway. The winners were Mike Modra, Chad Corder, Matt Miller, Todd Hixon and Clarence Cattrell. There seemed to be a great interest in this competition for several local youngsters got involved. Trophies were awarded for 1st prize winners in every class and each contestant was given a patch.
At 7:00 p.m., the fiddling contest got under way. There were only 9 contestants with six receiving trophies. Our youngest contestant was 7 year old Carrie Dillon who won 3rd place in the under 60 class. Carl Porter, who is 85 years young, played several tunes on his mouth organ while the judges were tallying up the scores. Trophies in the under 60 class were awarded to Larry Stull, Clarence Miller and Carrie Dillon and in the 60 and older category the winners were Jim Addy, Dorman Jefferies and Frances Dalton. Afterwards the entire group played several tunes including 'Mocking Bird' and 'Orange Blossom Special'.
On Sunday, the show started with church services led by Marion Rogers of Freeport and two groups of gospel singers. After the services, the usual activities got underway until the noon whistles. At 1:00 p.m. fifteen gas tractor operators entered the wagon backing contest. Doc Saffell took first place by completing the course in 1 minute, 15 seconds and Brian Brown took second place by completing the course in 1 minute, 25 seconds.
At 2:30, the Ladies Auxiliary held their quilt drawing and Megon Rees of Canton was the winner. Previous to the grand parade, a drawing was held of the membership for two $25.00 prizes. Winners were Charles Woolf of Salem and Larry Skull of New Philadelphia. At 4:00 p.m., the grand parade, led by the Thresherman & Queen, got underway followed by antique cars, steamers, gas & oil tractors and all movable equipment. Plaques were presented to all exhibitors.
Gas engine land featured approximately 200 gas engines running cornshellers, water pumps, fans, washing machines, etc. Several exhibitors had model gas engines. One exhibitor came from as far away as Florida. Several antique cars and trucks were in attendance with the oldest being a 1913 International truck owned by John Skellett of Holloway. Gas tractors participated in the wagon backing contest, powered the baler, ran the power eater and paraded around the grounds. The GreenLine was the most predominant. A Heider friction drive and a cross motor Frick were the most unusual tractors and two OilPulls were featured.
A Korean war jet engine, owned by Mike Suca, was shown and demonstrated. It vibrated the show grounds. Francis Smith from Navarre brought his super tanker and helped wet the dust down. The Arnold family from Marietta brought their Park locomotive and cars and gave free rides. The locomotive was featured on our cups. Charles Lucas of Belmont brought his beautiful team of Belgian horses and wagon and gave free rides. Jed Crowe's pre-1900 Peerless portable furnished the power for the group of stationary and models. Ray Covault and Gary Arnold had their scale engines working on matching fan and sawmill. John McDowell was kept busy on his power eater generator.
Dick Firth's shingle mill saw a lot of action with Francis Young's 6 HP portable Russell and scale traction engines. Fred Rogers and Edgar Flowers shelled corn and ground corn meal. Cups and plates and Stumptown hats were sold. A large group of flea markets had a good selection of new and old 'fleas'.
The New Athens Fireman Auxiliary sold food and featured open-kettle soup beans and corn bread. The Weirton Lions Club sold fish sandwiches and other food. Ice cream, popcorn, candy apples, lemonade were also sold on the grounds. The New Athens Fire Dept. had their 'E' car on hand in case of an emergency, supplied our steam engines with water and watered the dust.
The officers and directors wish to thank the several different individuals and companies who donated supplies and equipment and the workers who worked such long hours getting the show together. Also much thanks to the different exhibitors who traveled many miles to exhibit at our show. Last but not least, a big thanks to all the spectators who attended our show and helped finance us for without their support we wouldn't have a show. We invite all to come back next year and have a good time with the 'Stumptown Gang' on September 6th and 7th, 1986.