The Lou Kruger family of Columbia, Missouri, were with us again,
and wonderful helpers, as usual. Some of our members were able to
attend and enjoy their show this year. We really received a warm
welcome from the people down there.
Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Harnish of Akron, Ohio, were here again with
their watch fobs. Wonderful people!
So we want to express our sincere thanks to all of you. These
are real show-people and enjoy every minute of it. What would a
show be without your kind. We hope to see all of you back again in
And now for what makes up the other half of a show – the
machinery. Some of the show pieces new to us for the ’70 show
were as follows:
A Twin City Tractor restored by Harrold Pries. A real prize. A
Wood Bros. 18 hp. Steamer, all repainted and in excellent condition
by A. J. Fischels & Sons. A nice performer. A 50 ft. wind-mill
and tower with an all aluminum painted wheel in red, white, and
blue, and Antique Acres printed on the vane, by Mr. Louis Ohmes of
Osage, Iowa. Also, a well for it by Mr. John Ruth of Waverly, Iowa.
This is a drive point gravel well and is wonderful steam engine
water. A John Deere G.P. tractor restored by Don Gibbons of
Waterloo, Iowa. New paint job on Shelby and Dean Bellinger’s
Minneapolis and Rumely Steamers. 40-140 Reeves plow engine of the
Smolik Bros, was a pleasure to see operate after a little
assistance from Arnie Slyndy, who got the steam steering working
again. Threshing was done with machines owned by John Sunder meyer,
Bernard Skillen, Alfred Lindamen, and A. J. Fischels.
Mr. Flynn of Toledo, Iowa, sure had the sawmill humming. Bob
Fischels was there with the 22 hp. Avery and the Don Deutch Rumely
for power. Art Robinson and Cliff Johnston are the shingle
Mr. Lou Kruger operated the Prony brake owned by the Smolik
The Smolik Bros, with their 40-140 Reeves and 110 Case pulling a
14 bottom plow, plowed almost 7 acres of stubble during the show, a
Then there is Ed Smolik with the Phoenix Logger Engine, 200 hp.
with Louis Ohmes and the Kruger girls steering. This could have
been a racing engine, because Ed sure loves to make her beller, and
even the roosters have to scramble to get out of the way.
Always a big event is the daily parade under the direction of
Parade Marshal, Don Gibbons, assisted by Shelby Bellinger MC, and
Mr. Harrold Smith in charge of sound equipment. These people work
hard at it and do an excellent job.
The sales booths, operated by the ladies of Antique Acres, are a
point of interest for all ages. You can buy almost anything that
fits well with this kind of show. There are all kinds of magazines,
back issues of the various steam and gas magazines, subscriptions,
buttons, and all kinds of novelties. A wonderful job was done by
Our flea market this year was the largest ever, one 40 by 100
ft. building full. You name it and they had it.
The old Blacksmith shop was visited by many people and brought
back memories of the old days.
Then last, but not least, is the grave yard where you can find
almost anything down there.
At the show this year, 13 Steamers, around 60 tractors,
somewhere around 100 gas engines from hp. to 16 hp., horse-drawn
We are having election of officers in Jan. 1971 and will set our
1971 show date. This is a great show and is getting larger every
year. If you want to see it, come to Antique Acres, we may have
For next years show, a 35-70 Minneapolis Tractor being restored
by John Sundermeyer, a 22-36 McCormick Deering by Don Gibbons, a 20
Cat by Harrold Pries, and so it goes, where it will stop, we
So remember, for a good time had by all, plan to attend our 1971
show, for one day or the whole four days. We have shaded camping
grounds, picnic areas, modern restrooms with hot and cold showers,
good home-cooked food in our eating tent, and many, many things
planned for your enjoyment each year.
Bring your family out and meet our family at Antique Acres! On
U.S. Hwy. 218, 4 miles North of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Open as a museum
from June 1 to Oct. 1.