11710 Johnson Road, R. R. 13, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808.
The 21st Annual Show of The Old Time Threshers and Sawmill
Operators was held August 12, 13, 14 and 15th, 1971 on the Jim
Whitbey Farm. Opening each morning included the raising of the flag
and playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, followed by prayer.
‘Coming to Our Place to Thresh’ followed-as you looked
across the field you saw five complete threshing outfits nearing
the show grounds ready to start threshing.
Among the large engines were the Gaar-Scott operated by Jin
Fennell of Burr Oak, Michigan; the Avery owned and operated by
Maurice Lewallen and son, Larry; a 50 Case operated by John Arnold;
Nichols and Shepard owned and operated by Ken Lewis of Jackson,
Michigan; Advance Rumely operated by Phil Liechty; Case owned and
run by Dennis Lewallen; Susie Q. M Rumely driven by two Amish men
from Cleveland, Ohio; Double cylinder Nichols and Shepard owned by
Chas. Winebrenner; Advance belonging to Ray Wenger of Sturgis,
Michigan; Case, 102 years old operated by Chas. Barker of
Lexington, Kentucky and a Case owned and run by Harry Woodmansee of
Among the smaller engines was a Model Port Huron owned and
operated by John Nahrwold and a Model Baker owned and run by Paul
One of the interesting attractions was cutting grain as it was
done in years gone by, with Harry Woodmansee starting with the
grain cradle. He was followed by Wilson Wells pulling the grain
reaper with a team of ponies. The third was Jim Whitbey pulling the
grain binder with his tractor with Wally Liechty riding the binder.
This was followed by the grain combine.
Also, there was a 1900 Locomobile Steam Car owned by Chas.
Winebrenner and driven by his two grandsons. They were hauling
passengers around the show grounds.
Added attractions each day were the shingle mill, the
teeter-totter, veneer lathe, shredding corn, sawing lumber with the
large sawmill, plowing with steam engines and threshing grain.
There was plenty of activity at all times.
There was the Old Fashioned Square dance on Saturday evening and
on Sunday morning the usual Church Service which was enjoyed by a
The dates of the next Reunion will be August 17,18,19 and 20th,