At the 'Farm Progress Show' staged by the 'Prairie Farmer' farm Magazine, held at the Frank Simpson farm, near Farmer City, Illinois, September 25th and 26th, 1957, there was an exhibit of steam power. During the show two old-time engines and separators were used. Threshing began at 10 o'clock each day with demonstrations each hour. The equipment was supplied by members of the Central States Thresher man Reunion.
Mr. L. V. Kinzinger of Carlock, Illinois, was on hand with his 10hp. Russell steam engine and Aultman Taylor separator.
A Case 65hp. steamer owned by Wilbur Collins of Pontiac, Illinois, and a hand fed slat Russell separator made in 1886 and owned by Milford Rees of Franklin, Illinois. Mr. Joe Wisehaupt of Mackinaw, Illinois, Mr. William Oltman of Benson, Illinois, and Art Kent of Athens, Illinois, ably assisted.
Four stacks of oats were threshed which gave the old timers a chance to demonstrate how it was done in Grandfathers Day.
This Farm Progress Show was the largest ever held. Official estimates were well over 200,000. The first day 42 buses loaded mostly with school children arrived. 340 planes landed on a special landing field. Approximately 500 acres were used in one way or another for the big show.