Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Association

Baker, 21 HP'

Baker, 21 HP, 1925 owned by Clyde Whitmore, shown here with show manager Verle Baker.

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34 South Main Street Navarre, Ohio 44662

Although Friday was the first day of our 25th annual power show, the planning for it began well over a year ago. One of the special projects was to compile a silver anniversary book commemorating our 25 years. The end result was a beautiful 8' x 11' 72 page book with our famous Russell pictured on the front cover, and Junior Christian's 110 HP Case on the back cover, both in full color. Special thanks to secretary Joe Harrison, vice president John Steele, and his wife Paula Steele for spearheading the effort.

Getting back to Friday morning, our opening ceremony began with a prayer from chaplain Floyd White, and concluded with Dover mayor Guy Smith reading a proclamation declaring August 19, 20 & 21 as 'Silver Anniversary of Antique Power Show.' A light rain off and on during the day dampened activites slightly. At 11:00 AM Bud and Gerrie Lillie were honored as Thresher man and Queen of the show. Late afternoon saw the sun come out, and activities resumed full swing. At 7:00 PM our 13th annual antique tractor pull was held with 185 tractors, crawlers, and steam engines pulling.

It was cloudy Saturday morning and sunny in the afternoon with pleasant temperatures in the high 70's. At 11:15 AM a ceremony was held honoring charter members, lifetime members, and former officers of our organization. The sawmill, grist mill, shingle mill, Baker fans, threshers, baler, John McDowell's power eater, and Steiner's dynomometer were just some of the equipment in operation throughout the day. Slow engine and block races were held at 6:00 PM. Saturday's evening entertainment was on old time fiddlers' contest.

At 9:00 AM Sunday we enjoyed Reverend Russel Hoy's sermon at our church service. After church all activities were under way until our grand parade at 3:00 PM. The parade began with antique automobiles, which were followed by steam engines and, last but not least, gas tractors.

Throughout the weekend the Ladies' Auxiliary held a sale of craft items made and donated by its members. Raffle tickets were sold for a quilt made by the ladies. Souvenir clocks, plates, and cups were also for sale. The souvenir cup had Frank Shutt on his 1924 12-20 Rumely Oil Pull. Clyde Whitmore and his 21-75 Baker traction engine were on the plate. Color photo badges featured Frank Shutt on his Rumely Oil Pull towing Francis Young on his 6 HP Russell portable steam engine. The operators and equipment have been at all 25 of our shows.

The specially featured engines of the year were Clyde Whitmore's 21-75 Baker traction engine and Junior Christian's 110 HP Case traction engine. Clyde and his Baker have been at all 25 shows, while Junior's Case made its second appearance.

A good time was had by all, and we are eagerly anticipating our next 25 years!