White Pine Logging and Threshing Show

Minnesota’s White Pine Logging and Threshing Show started with a family’s Rumely collection and turned into a tractor show

| April 2011

  • John Langenbach driving a 1915 Case 20-40 in the White Pine parade
    John Langenbach driving a 1915 Case 20-40 in the White Pine parade. Because the show’s tractor parade is organized by manufacturer, John gets to drive three or four of his own tractors in each parade. 
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Langenbach
  • Nate Stimson drives a 1924 Rumely OilPull 30-60 Model S and the OilPull fuel wagon during the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show parade
    Nate Stimson drives a 1924 Rumely OilPull 30-60 Model S and the OilPull fuel wagon during the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show parade.
    Photo courtesy of RoseLouise Photography, www.roselouisephotos.com
  • Robbie Langenbach and Rose Szenay driving a 1918 Rumely OilPull 14-28 Model H in the White Pine parade
    Robbie Langenbach and Rose Szenay driving a 1918 Rumely OilPull 14-28 Model H in the White Pine parade.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Langenbach
  • This 1920 14 hp Waterloo Boy gas engine got John Langenbach and his father interested in collecting old iron
    This 1920 14 hp Waterloo Boy gas engine got John Langenbach and his father interested in collecting old iron.
    Photo courtesy of RoseLouise Photography
  • Jeremy Langenbach driving a 1918 Case 15-27 Cross-motor in the White Pine parade
    Jeremy Langenbach driving a 1918 Case 15-27 Cross-motor in the White Pine parade.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Langenbach
  • The Langenbachs’ daughter, Samantha, with the Rumely fuel tank
    The Langenbachs’ daughter, Samantha, with the Rumely fuel tank.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Langenbach
  • John and Nancy’s son, Robbie, teaches his son, Kamden, the fine points of a 1929 Rumely OilPull 30-50 Model Y
    John and Nancy’s son, Robbie, teaches his son, Kamden, the fine points of a 1929 Rumely OilPull 30-50 Model Y.
    Photo courtesy of RoseLouise Photography
  • Ken Dawson driving his 1925 drum-drive Gray tractor in the White Pine parade
    Ken Dawson driving his 1925 drum-drive Gray tractor in the White Pine parade.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Langenbach
  • Rumely rules at the White Pine Logging and Threshing show, where this 1929 Rumely OilPull 30-50 Model Y is a regular
    Rumely rules at the White Pine Logging and Threshing show, where this 1929 Rumely OilPull 30-50 Model Y is a regular.
  • A particularly unusual part of John Langenbach’s collection: a grouping of radiators and radiator caps representing names of 60 different tractors. John also collects toys matching his full-size tractors
    A particularly unusual part of John Langenbach’s collection: a grouping of radiators and radiator caps representing names of 60 different tractors. John also collects toys matching his full-size tractors.
    Photo courtesy of John Langenbach
  • John Langenbach drives his 1919 Rumely OilPull 16-30 with a unique Rumely clover huller behind
    John Langenbach drives his 1919 Rumely OilPull 16-30 with a unique Rumely clover huller behind.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Langenbach
  • Rumely OilPull tractors came with a certificate of guarantee: “We Guarantee the OilPull tractor to operate successfully at all loads, under all conditions, not only on all grades of kerosene permitted by law to be sold in the U.S. and Canada, but on distillates, and fuel oil free from earthy matter.”
    Rumely OilPull tractors came with a certificate of guarantee: “We Guarantee the OilPull tractor to operate successfully at all loads, under all conditions, not only on all grades of kerosene permitted by law to be sold in the U.S. and Canada, but on distillates, and fuel oil free from earthy matter.”

  • John Langenbach driving a 1915 Case 20-40 in the White Pine parade
  • Nate Stimson drives a 1924 Rumely OilPull 30-60 Model S and the OilPull fuel wagon during the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show parade
  • Robbie Langenbach and Rose Szenay driving a 1918 Rumely OilPull 14-28 Model H in the White Pine parade
  • This 1920 14 hp Waterloo Boy gas engine got John Langenbach and his father interested in collecting old iron
  • Jeremy Langenbach driving a 1918 Case 15-27 Cross-motor in the White Pine parade
  • The Langenbachs’ daughter, Samantha, with the Rumely fuel tank
  • John and Nancy’s son, Robbie, teaches his son, Kamden, the fine points of a 1929 Rumely OilPull 30-50 Model Y
  • Ken Dawson driving his 1925 drum-drive Gray tractor in the White Pine parade
  • Rumely rules at the White Pine Logging and Threshing show, where this 1929 Rumely OilPull 30-50 Model Y is a regular
  • A particularly unusual part of John Langenbach’s collection: a grouping of radiators and radiator caps representing names of 60 different tractors. John also collects toys matching his full-size tractors
  • John Langenbach drives his 1919 Rumely OilPull 16-30 with a unique Rumely clover huller behind
  • Rumely OilPull tractors came with a certificate of guarantee: “We Guarantee the OilPull tractor to operate successfully at all loads, under all conditions, not only on all grades of kerosene permitted by law to be sold in the U.S. and Canada, but on distillates, and fuel oil free from earthy matter.”

When John Langenbach started collecting old iron in 1969, he had no idea that his hobby would morph into a tractor show he’d host with his wife, Nancy, on the family farm near McGrath, Minn. “My dad, William, and I started collecting old stationary engines together in about 1969, when I was a sophomore in high school,” he recalls. “I started attending shows and enjoyed it, and continued on from there.” 

Three decades later, that engine hobby has grown into an annual show on the home place with more than 20 buildings surrounded by 250 exhibitor tractors, a busy demonstration schedule and an on-site newspaper printed on vintage equipment. Held over Labor Day weekend (Saturday through Monday), the event features displays, demonstrations and food concessions. It’s a huge undertaking but no one’s complaining. “It wouldn’t be much fun if you just had a bunch of tractors and kept them in a shed all the time,” John says.

If you build it …

John and his father had already been hauling antiques to area tractor shows when they decided to participate in a major event. In 1976 the two loaded tractors, gas engines, a shingle mill and a model sawmill to take to Finlayson, Minn., for a U.S. Bicentennial display. “After that, we decided it was too difficult to move stuff all the time,” John says. “We decided to have a little show on our farm.”

Thus was born the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show near McGrath in 1979. Though it started with mostly Langenbach tractors, in 2010 (the 32nd annual presentation) the display numbered more than 250 tractors shown by exhibitors from all over.



“One of the unique things at our show is that we run all tractors of one make at one time, all the Rumely, all the Case, all the John Deere,” John says. “My favorite to drive in the parade is any Rumely OilPull and I always drive my 1915 20-40 Case cross-motor tractor too.”

Because the White Pine tractor parade is organized by tractor makes, John can drive up to four different tractors during the parade. One of the most unusual tractors in the 2010 parade belongs to his friend, Ken Dawson. The 1925 Gray tractor has a cast iron rear drum wheel. “There are a lot of Gray tractors around, but this one is the only one we know of with a cast iron drum,” he says. “There are no high lugs or anything else unusual on it, but that cast iron drum doubles the weight, from 5 to 10 tons.”



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