Stumptown Steam Threshers Show

Thresherman Ralph Jones and Queen Rose

90 Thresherman Ralph Jones and Queen Rose Chini take their ''grand tour'' in Ralph's pickup.

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The Stumptown Steam Threshers annual show, September 8-9, 1990, wasn't blessed with perfect weather this year. The show started with prayer by Lester Nabb and the raising of 'Old Glory' by the Cadiz Boy Scouts, followed by the usual activity of sawing, shingle making, threshing, cornmeal grinding, and the popping of many gas engines.

Ralph Jones was chosen Thresherman and Rose Chini was crowned Queen.

In the slow engine race, antique class, it was close. Dennis Hudock on Glenn Krofft's 40 HP Case was the winner. In the scale model class, Russ Dye won on the Arnold family's Goat engine. In the garden tractor class, only one contestant registered, so Glenn Krofft raced Dennis Jackowski with his three-wheeler. Dennis was the winner.

Winners in the kiddie tractor pull were as follows: Class I- Novella Trushell, first, Tiffany Rowles, second; Class II - Kristen Conrad, first, Dustin Dowell, second; Class III-Matthew Modra, first, Tim Conrad, second; Class IV- Mike Martin, first, Jimmy Bethel, second; Class V-Samantha Quick, first, Brad Sell, second.

We had 10 contestants in the fiddling contest. Winners, 60 and older class, were: first place, Jim Addy, Woodsfield; second place, Bill Burris, Shippingport, Pa.; third place, Clifford Hardesty, West Lafayette, Oh. Winners in the under 60 class were: first place, Larry Stahl, Bakersfield; second place, Carrie Dillon, Woodsfield; third place, Clarence Miller, Brilliant. After the contest, fiddlers and accompanists played the Round Robin.

Sunday's church services were led by Marion Rogers. The weather was so wet and the grounds so muddy that by noon everyone was thinking about loading up and heading home. The gas tractors were busy pulling campers, cars, trucks and trailers. Jared Crowe's truck and trailer loaded with a tractor and steam engine had to have Doc Saffell's big dual wheeled Ford, DC Case and a high lift get him out on the road. The showground's were badly torn up from people getting stuck. Most of the food and concession stands and flea markets did very well on Saturday but suffered Sunday.

The show boasted eight full-sized traction engines, two portable full-sized steam engines, two half scale model traction engines, one quarter scale model portable engine, fifteen exhibits of model and small steam engines, approximately 200 gas engines, 80 tractors and numerous other displays. Twelve antique cars were on hand Saturday. Dick Carnes entertained both days with his 1920 Whirlitzer Band Organ.

The Ladies Auxiliary quilt was won by Nancy Long, the pillow cases by Lee Booth. In the drawing for the clock, Jared Crowe was the first to buy a ticket, and he won! The grounds were too wet for a parade.

The officers and directors thank all who braved the mud to come to our show whether they were exhibitors or spectators. Thanks to all who worked so hard getting the show ready and we thank the good Lord again for the success that we did have. The program was in memory of Clarence 'Curl' Saffell Sr. who passed away since last year's show.