The 1991 Stumptown Steam Threshers Show

Ray Sell

Ray Sell is proud of his stein that he received for winning the Slow Steam Engine Race at the 1991 Stumptown Show.

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The good Lord again blessed the Stumptown crowd with beautiful weather for this year's show. The show opened with prayer by Lester Nabb and the raising of 'Old Glory' by the Cadiz Boy Scouts. Most of the steam engines were moving and the gas engines were popping as the show got into full swing.

The first chore for the sawmill was to square timbers for the shingle mill. The shingle mill was powered mostly by gas tractors this year. Souvenir shingles were made and given away. Cornmeal was ground and sold both days and Dick Carnes entertained with his band organ. Plenty of good food was sold by the Weirton Lions Club and the New Athens Firemen's Auxiliary with soup beans cooked in an open kettle being their specialty.

At 12:45, the crowning of the 1991 Queen and Thresherman of the Year was featured with Carl Jackowski being named Thresherman and his wife, Gayle, being crowned as Queen. They took their official ride in Ralph Jones' Model T truck.

At 1:00, the slow engine race got underway. Dennis Hudak was the winner on the Krofft family Case. The block race competition was very exciting. Three engines finished the event without knocking the block over, but Ray Sell had the least amount of time so he was the winner. After the races, threshing began with the A & T thresher and the Peerless engine. Sawing, baling, cornmeal grinding and shingle making continued until 3:30, when the Tri-Valley Farmers & Wives put on the kiddie tractor pull. Results in Class 1 were: Kate Rogers, Cadiz, in first place; R.J. Miller, Martin's Ferry, in second place, Mike Thatcher, Flushing, in third place. The results in Class II were: Daren Lucas, Freeport, in first place; Dale Ferrell, Belmont, in second place; and Casey Huffman, Seville, in third place. The results in Class III were: Bill Blakely, Allendonia, in first place; Derek Swallney, St. Clairsville, in second place; John Barrett, Hendrysburg, in third place. The results in Class IV were: Matt Modra, Shady side, in first place; Brad Thornberg, Barnesville, in second place; Lee Ann Lucas, Piedmont, in third place. The results in Class V were: Kevin Lara, Piedmont, in first place; John O'Neil, Cadiz, Ohio in second place; Brenda Ronevich, Bellaire, in third place. We wish to thank all the youngsters who participated and the Tri-Valley Young Farmers for putting on the show.

At 6:00, the Ohio Valley Promenaders Square Dancers & Cloggers put on their show which was enjoyed by all. At 7:00, the Old Time Fiddlers contest was held with eight contestants entered. The special Don Wilson Trophy was won by Clarence Miller of Brilliant, in the 60 and older class; Dorman Jefferies of Toronto came in second place; and Jim Ady of Woodsfield came in third.

In the 20 to 59 class, Chuck Monticello came in first and Norbert Ebert of New Martinsville, West Virginia came in second. No contestants were entered in the under 20 class. While the judges were tallying the scores, a 'round robin' of all the fiddlers and accompanists took place and several tunes were played. Ed Cole of Cadiz also played several tunes on his dulcimer while the fiddlers were signing up. After the contest, several played country and bluegrass for an hour or so.

On Friday night, Foster Lucas and his band had entertained the early arrivals. A large flea market was in operation both days.

Sunday's show started off with church services led by Marion Rogers of Freeport followed by the usual threshing, baling, shingle making, sawing and grinding until the noon whistle blew.

At 1:00, the gas tractors got in action with the wagon backing contest. Tom White of Cadiz took the prize in the first time winner class and Jay Graham of St. Clairsville took first place in the previous winner class.

At 2:30, the Ladies Auxiliary held their drawings. Mary White of Sales-vile won the quilt. Beth Eastlick of Scio won the wreath and Merl Griswald of New Athens won the third prize.

Children under six were asked to come forward for a 'quarter' hunt in the trimmings from the shingle mill. $10.00 worth of quarters were sowed for the hunt. After a time, the hunt was opened to the older children. One young lady found $1.50 in quarters.

Just before the parade, a call went out for the oldest man and woman attending the show. The oldest lady was Esther Mercer of Cadiz who was 86 years old, and the oldest man was Everett Eddy of Fairview, Ohio at 89 years old. Lee Booth of Porters Fall, West Virginia and John Hepburn of Lafferty, Ohio won the drawing among the membership.

At 4:00, the grand parade got underway. Mickey MacDonald was the emcee. All moving equipment entered the parade. The parade concluded the show. The equipment at the show was: eight full-size traction engines, one scale traction engine, one full-size portable, one V4 size portable, eighty small steam engines and models, two threshers, 82 gas tractors, 466 gas engines, fifteen antique cars and trucks, a blacksmith display, a milk can display, and several toy tractor displays. Approximately 2500 people attended the show on Saturday and 1800 on Sunday. The 1991 show was the biggest show yet.

The officers and directors wish to thank all who helped make the show a success. A special thank you goes out to the exhibitors who worked so hard to exhibit at the show and a special thank you to the spectators who pay for the show.

This year's show will be September 12 and 13. See you in '92.