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Steam Engine and Steel Separator

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Ward F. Bruhn

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The Decatur County Threshing Show, Aug. 9-19, at Leon, la. was a whopping good steam threshing show. I think this show was sponsored by the Decatur County Historic 1 Society. Over the past few years, this show has been on farms, etc., but this year it was moved to the Fairgrounds at the north edge of Leon and this was a good move.

Three steam engines were each hooked up to a separator. Steam Engine enthusiast, Jim Smith, was there with his Case steamer. Jim is from Garden Grove, in., a small town not too far from Leon. Evert Anderson and sons, Lee and John brought their Aultman Taylor steam engine and the Maxwell Bros, from Ridgeway, Missouri, were there with a Nichols Shepehard engine and a small one about ? grown that was homemade; a little nice engine.

Behind the straw pile was an old Model D John Deere tractor, painted like new, running I think, a John Deere hand tie baler. At one time, also, the Maxwell Bros, small steam engine took a turn on this. Then along with the Power baler was a hand operated baler, owned and operated by Dewayne Vaughn of Lamoni, la. Dewayne would throw in a few fork fulls of straw and then work a big wooden lever, then some more straw and finally there was a bale of straw. The old name on this baler was still good. It said, 'Little Giant Hay and Paper Press', patented July 1900.

As I saw it while there Sunday afternoon, the grain was going into a nice repainted farm wagon, but there was a 1922 or 1923 Samson truck on hand, if needed. This truck is owned by Harry Olsen of Garden Grove. Rollie Fight was taking care of this truck. In fact, it seemed to me like, Rollie was all over. As I was leaving, he was running a Moline tractor, the kind that had the big drive wheels in front. I know Rollie is one of the pushers in the Decatur Historical Society.

Lots of gas engines showed up even Dana Davis from Unionville, Mo. Dana had a single wheel garden tractor that he said a man in Centerville, la. gave around five hundred and eighty-five dollars for, years ago. This seems hard to believe when we can all remember when the old Fordson tractor sold for around four hundred ninety-five dollars plus freight.

I didn't get to meet but a few of the gas engine exhibitors. Rich Parsons was there from Indianola, la., also Wayne Holder from Leon with a trailer load of engines. I had hoped to meet Roger Gatton of Leon but found he was furnishing one of the grain separators and so was too busy to bring engines.

There were a number of antique cars at the show. One man had even brought His 1923 Model T Touring all the way from Davenport, la. Also in this line up was a truck owned by Harry Olsen of Garden Grove. This was one of those attachments that you bought and converted the ordinary Model T car into a chain drive truck. Basil Dale of Humeston was on hand with his real nice 1925 Chevrolet touring car, and his Dad. Vere Dale had his nice 1927 Chevrolet Sedan on hand too.

There were two rows of interesting old farm machinery.

At the same time all the threshing, etc., was going on there was a horse show taking place in the arena at the fairgrounds.

Other interesting items to see were a small mule hooked to a sweep feed mill, a hand corn sheller running full speed, by mostly small boys, several men gave demonstrations of hewing logs flat with broad axes, which used to be done when log cabins were built.

There was an abundance of antique dealers and flea market dealers on hand. There were some good antiques for sale and of course, as usual, some plain junk.

I only had around 3 hours to observe this show, jot down notes, take pictures and try to meet a few people who helped out in this show. One man who helped a lot was Carl Coffey of Leon who had a lot to do with the binding, socking, etc. and also furnished one of the separators. Dang it, I never got to meet Carl. Anyway I have tried to write this the way I saw it. I predict this will become quite a show in the future because I'm sure that with the success they had this year, there will be lots more exhibitors next year.