The Sycamore Show

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The 32nd Annual Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Show was held at the Taylor Marshall Farm, which is located northwest of Sycamore, Illinois on August 1114th. For the second year in a row, rain dampened the soil, but not the spirits, as nearly six inches arrived before opening day. Temperatures lingering around 100 degrees each day tested ones fortitude.

There were a total of 24 steam engines and 127 tractors, consisting of 48 John Deeres, 32 Farmalls, 13 Cases, 10 Allis Chalmers, 8 Minneapolis Molines, 4 Rumely Oil Pulls, 3 Olivers, 2 Caterpillars, 1 John Deere Waterloo Boy, 1 Silver King, 1 Massey Harris, 1 IH Titan, 1 Hough Hyd Shovel, 1 English Fordson and 1 Ford. Bruce Johnson and Roger Dominy were responsible for the line-up and registration of the engines and tractors. A safety meeting was held daily for anyone operating equipment.

Credit goes to Phil Blanchard, Bill Karl, Sr. and crew for a fine job of baling and threshing. Vern Abra-hamson made it possible, with the limited supply of corn that was available, to watch silo filling demonstrations.

The saw mill and shingle mill was a very popular display, as I noted people watching for hours. Butch Malsch claims to have sawed well over 4900 board feet in the four days.

Kathy Weaver, Kay Lootens, Eileen Johnson and helpers are to be acknowledged for the fine job they did with the ladies tent. One could witness rug weaving, basket weaving, chair caning, woodcarving and rope making, while shopping for crafts and gifts.

In the John Malsch Building, there were displays of the country store, a typical old country living room and kitchen, a toy collection, a pen collection, antique cars and farm equipment as well as models of steam power at work.

Once again the Ole Time Style Show was held with the help of volunteer men, women and children, as they modeled fashions of yesteryear. Neva Granstrom provided the wardrobe.

In the Flea Market area, the usual vendors displayed their wares. There was art work, books, cotton candy, dolls, engineer hats, farm toys, gloves, honey, instruments, jars, knobs, lanterns, magnetos, nuts & bolts, oil cans, parts, quilts, radiators, springs, tools, universal joints, valves, wheels, Xmas ornaments, yard furniture and zip code books.

If you just wanted to rest and enjoy the show, there was the wagon rides powered by mules. And when you got hungry, there were two food tents, Kingsway and Fay's. For a great country breakfast, I enjoyed Kingsway and, of course, no finer pork chop dinner could be found this side of the Mississippi River. For the children there were pony rides, train rides, the traditional pedal pulling contest and a petting zoo.

On Sunday morning, church services were held at the bleachers. Our prayers go out to those members who passed away during the past year: Ivadell Karl, wife of Bill Karl, Sr., who served as head of the Ladies Tent; Taylor Marshall, landlord, Parade Marshall and dear friend; Charlie Brown, Director and Co-chairman of the Flea Market; Ernest Stinebring, who for many years demonstrated his scale model Case.

I encourage you to bring your family and friends to next year's show August 10-13, 1989. You will be able to experience the past and meet new friends of the future.

For membership information write to the club secretary, Anne Baker, 24747 W. Charodon, Grayslake, Illinois 60030.