Route 1, Box 332 Aden, Ohio 43901
Earl Hamilton’s 1/4 scale Case in the
foreground; Bill Reese’s 1/2 scale Case
in the center, and Jared Crowe’s Keck Gonnerman in the
On a beautiful autumn day, the Stump town Threshers opened their
1986 reunion with the National anthem, the raising of ‘Old
Glory’ by the Cadiz Boy Scouts and prayer by Lester Nab.
Following the opening ceremonies, threshing, sawing, baling, corn
meal grinding and other activities got underway. The noon whistles
signaled a break for dinner.
At 12:45, the Ladies Auxiliary crowned Mary Young Thresher man
Queen, and Francis Young, Thresher man of the Year. They took their
‘royal’ ride in back of Ralph Jones’ Model T truck.
Antique and l/2 scale steam engines
participated in the slow engine race and block race at 1:00 p.m.
Bill Arnold took first place in both races with his
1/2 scale Goat. Joe Harrison once again won
the slow engine race in the antique class and Clyde Sell took first
place in the block race. The usual threshing activities continued
after the races until 3:30 when the Young Farmers & Wives
Kiddies Toy Tractor Pull Club held their contest. Winners in their
respective weight classes were Lunn Basia, John Schultz, Aaron
Trushell, Matt Miller and Bob , Chaney.
The Old-Time Fiddlers contest began at 7:00 p.m. with 8
contestants over 60 and 3 under 60. First place winner was Clarence
Miller, second place winner was Dean Westfall and third place
winner was Carrie Dillon in the under 60 class. In the 60 and older
class, Jim Eddy took first, Bill Burris took second and Don Wilson
took third. Bill Burris played a few fiddling tunes and Earl White
hill played several tunes on his dulcimer. The Foster Lucas Band
had entertained the campers on Friday night.
Sunday’s show opened with church services led by Marion
Rogers and a father-daughter singing group followed by the usual
threshing and sawing activities until the noon whistles.
Antique tractors started lining up for the wagon-backing contest
at 1:00 with Ed and Mark Lyle being the winners. After the wagon
backing contest, threshing, baling, sawing, corn meal grinding
continued until the parade at 4:00. Prior to the parade, the Ladies
Auxiliary held a quilt drawing with Max Griswold winning the quilt,
Don Ranks winning the pillow cases and Jim Sloan winning the
pillow. The club also conducted a drawing on a wooden model steam
engine made by Daryl
Murphy which was won by Paul Omdrick. A model covered bridge
built by Frank Stevens was won by Mickey MacDonald. The membership
drawing was won by Dick Firth and Mickey MacDonald.
This year’s show featured antique engines, two portables,
three 1/2 scale, one
1/4 scale, 18 small steam engines and model
steam engines, 63 antique farm tractors, 302 gas engines, 23
antique cars and trucks, plus sawmill, power eater generator,
threshers, balers and other related farm equipment. Good food was
served by the New Athens Fire Department Auxiliary and the Weirton
Lions Club. Mickey MacDonald was the announcer assisted by his
The club’s officers and directors wish to thank the
exhibitors and spectators who came to the show. Special thanks to
the exhibitors who move in their equipment, to Consol Coal for the
grounds and to all who helped make the show a success. Next
year’s show will be September 12 and 13, 1987.