The Eagan Steam Threshing Show

Minneapolis Engine

On the deck to the left, Reuben Boettcher, engineer on George H. Ohmann's 30 HP Minneapolis, is being assisted by Engineer Florian C. Karl, on the right. The engine was operating a 36 inch thresher at the 1975 show.

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1511 Iglehart, S. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

The seventh annual Eagan Steam Threshing Show drew a good sized crowd of interested people on September 13 and 14, 1975.

The show site is on the George H. Ohmann, Jr. farm which is northwest of Rosemount, Minnesota, and seven and one-half miles south of the Mendota Bridge. The show dates turned out to be clear beautiful days with the temperature soaring to the 70's.

Show time is threshing time at the Ohmann farms. South of the show area is the adjoining farm owned by George H. Ohmann, Sr.

Mr. Ohmann's father purchased this farm and moved onto it the year George H. Ohmann, Sr. was born. It has been his home ever since. His son, Marvin, assists him with the farm operation.

Each year two settings of oat stacks are threshed. The yield runs to hundreds of bushels and is hauled in trucks to galvanized storage bins located in the show area. After threshing is done, the straw is baled.

Two 36 inch cylinder threshers, a Minneapolis and a Red River Special are used for threshing. This year, George H. Ohmann Sr. 's 30-60 Aultman and Taylor gas tractor and George Jr.'s 30 HP Minneapolis and his 50 HP Case were used for power. Art Uhl of Eagan township helped tend the separators. Reuben Boettcher and Florian C. Karl were engineers on the 30 HP Minneapolis. Jim Mollenhauer ran the 50 HP Case.

Lumber sawing was in progress with George H. Ohmann, Jr. in charge. Power was furnished by Art Andersen's 25 HP Russell steam engine. Vernon Smith was the engineer assisted by Paul Haubenschild. Both from the Anderson show.

Lathe sawing and shingle making were demonstrated, and feed grinding was done, powered by small gas engines. 

In his machinery collection, George Ohmann, Jr. has seven or eight grain threshers ranging in size from twenty inch to twenty-eight inch cylinders.

His gas tractor collection consists of a 39-57 Minneapolis; a 10-20 McCormick Deering; two International F30 tractors; an IHC F20 on steel; a John Deere General Purpose and an IHC TD 40 Crawler Tractor. He has twenty gas engines from 7 HP down to 1-1/2 HP.

The sawmill was rebuilt in 1974. There is a Howell shingle mill and a lathe mill, a hand corn sheller and a Hero fanning mill. Grain binders, mowers, hay tedders, cultivators and other horse drawn machinery. Also old wagons and sleighs, all add to the collection.

Alois Vonbank of Jordan, Minnesota brought a drag saw which he claims is one of the first ones ever built.

Frank Stelter of the Eagan community brought four gasoline engines. He had two 3 HP John Deere engines; a 1-1/2 HP Waterloo-Boy and a 1-1/2 HP Fairbanks-Morse.

Betty and Bob Holier of Richfield, Minnesota, members of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, St. Croix Valley, Branch I, had a George B. Miller 2 HP gas engine, built in 1895. They do not know whether a Miller Company built this engine or whether it was built after the company merged with the Waterloo Company which later merged with John Deere.

Ernest Hubbell of Route 1, Owatonna, Minnesota has a 12-25 Townsend tractor which he says he'll show next year. A wheat and oat separator and cleaner was powered by a 2-1/2 HP Nova gas engine.

A small miniature model Case steamer from the Andersen Museum at Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, was shown by Mike and Jim Haubenschild under the watchful eye of their grandfather, Art Andersen.

I know people like to be mentioned but it seems I never get to see all of the exhibitors and helpers at these shows; but they are all important and their work is greatly appreciated.

James Stewart and his grandson, Ricky, both of Minnesota City, Minnesota were interested visitors. Jim had some pictures of his 20 x 42 Bell City thresher, recently purchased, and his Rumely Oil Pull tractor.

Vic Wenzel of Rosemount brought a 1923 Ford Model T runabout. Also on exhibit, was a MAC chain drive truck of early 1900's vintage.

I met Mr. and Mrs. John Befort and their daughter, Lisa, of Byron, Minnesota who were interested spectators in the antique cars and truck exhibit.

David McCullah told me he is a former steam engineer with years of experience. He mentioned firing four years on a Great Lakes Package Freighter.

At lunch, I met Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mensing of St. Paul. He has had experience threshing. He said his father used to thresh with a Leader steam engine and a Huber separator.

Charles Fellenz of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, an engineer, has helped at Beldenville and has attended many shows including Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, was adding one more to his list at Eagan.

Some of the fellows in attendance from other shows were Mike Kovic, Wilmer Boettcher, Florian C. Karl and Reuben Boettcher; all from the Scott-Carver Show, and Vernon Smith, Art Anderson, Paul Haubenshild and his sons, Mike and Jim, who came to help all from the 'Art and Crystal Anderson Steam Show and Museum' at Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

Mike's Concertina Band played at the show. It's always a little sad when any interesting event comes to the end and it's time to depart for home. As a small boy, I used to feel sad when threshing was done at our place and when the steam engine pulled the separator away from the straw pile, out of the farm yard and on down the road to the next job.

And even though we may feel a little low when a show ends and we think how long it will be until next year's show, we knew this one would end, and we're one of the satisfied people who leave for home.