Hubers on Display

Fine showing at Wauseon

| October 2005

The sun is peeking over the eastern horizon. Dew's on the grass and the morning air is cool and moist. Smoke rises lazily from the stacks of steam traction engines. That's the early morning scene on the first day of the Wauseon (Ohio) National Threshers Association's 61st annual threshing and antique tractor show held in late June.

For 61 years, the NTA has been keeping alive the traditions of early farm operations. The group holds one of the largest shows in Ohio featuring steam engines and harvest machines. This year, for the first time in the group's history, the show feature was Huber, one of the lesser-known tractor brands.

Not sure what to expect, but certain they didn't want a bust, Dave Schramm and Steve Lashaway contacted the Huber Machinery Museum, Marion, Ohio, requesting assistance and coordination for their show. Dave is president of the NTA; Steve is first vice president. Both visited the museum to look over the equipment and discuss plans for transporting selected items to Wauseon. Since Wauseon's show is the week following Marion's show, and it ends one day before the Marion County Fair begins, careful coordination was critical.

Hubers began arriving two days before the Wauseon show opened. By Friday, the inventory included five steam engines, 48 gas tractors, two wood revolving hay rakes, a wood sulky revolving hay rake, two separators, a 10-ton steel-wheel road roller and several other items, totaling 64 pieces.

The largest tractors included Doug Langenbach's 1920 30 hp Huber steam traction engine and George Schaaf's 1916 40-70 gas prairie tractor. Dan Ehlerding's 1916 2-cylinder 15-30 tractor with an evaporating cooling system was the earliest tractor at the show. Stan Winck and Tom Kay showed the smallest tractors, the little Huber orchard tractors. Thirteen orchard OB tractors were made. Three are known to exist and two of those three were on display at Wauseon. Jerry Brenly and Mose Miller own the last farm tractor sold by Huber, a 1943 Model HK.

Every model of Huber known to exist was represented at the show except a 20-40 with a Stearns engine and a Huber-Avery tractor. During 1930-31, Huber sold nearly 400 HK and HS tractors to B.F. Avery Co., Louisville, Ky. None were at the show, although one of each of these tractors (a 20-40 and a Huber-Avery) are on display at the Huber museum in Marion.