1996 Homestead Power Show AT HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS

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Bill Jansen and son of Dieterich, Illinois, making the ground roll with a plow at the Highland show.
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On the business end of the plow is Bill Jansen's 24 HP Minneapolis serial #8496.
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Andy Craig of Vandalia, IL with his Nichols & Shepard 20-70 serial #13603 on the sawmill at Highland.
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Gordon and John Kemper's 19 HP side mounted Keck-Gonnerman serial #1843 at Highland, IL.
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Professor A. Graziana showing off his new symbols of office and declaring a new ''decree.''

RR 13, Box 209 Brazil, Indiana 47834

The ninth annual show was held 2 miles from Highland, Illinois,
at ‘The Homestead’ of Louis Latzer who founded the Pet Milk
Company on the ‘new’ show dates of September 13, 14, and
15, 1996. The patrons and exhibitors alike appreciated the pleasant
weather as compared to the previous show date of August last

Three ‘new’ steam engines were present for the 1996
show: Andy Craig’s 20-70 HP Nichols and Shepard, Bill
Jansen’s 24 HP Minneapolis and Bill’s model of a Nichols
and Shepard double rear mount.

Most people would not think of the smaller Midwestern shows as
‘plowing shows’ but this show is an exception, as a lot of
plowing was done with steam. The plowing conditions were excellent,
and quite a show was put on by the 24 HP Minneapolis and the 20-70
Nichols and Shepard.

The featured tractor of the show was Oliver and the large
gathering of Oliver and Hart Parr tractors was well received by the
show visitors. The show also had a fine display of various other
makes of tractors and gas engines.

The sawmill skids were filled with good saw logs, the sawmill
and crew were busy for all three show days. A variety of steam
engines and engineers were tested out at the mill. Rock crushing,
shingle making and threshing were performed at the show with good

Visiting steam engineers at the show were from the states of
Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. On Saturday evening of
the show these engineers gathered together to enjoy a good meal and
share some steam camaraderie. Joe Graziana, who served as informal
host of this event, was presented with articles to help him in the
steam hobby and was given the title ‘Professor A.

John Ford, Bill Jansen, Rick Apple and Paulette Apple at the
‘Highland Steam Banquet.’ John and Rick, who hail from
Tennessee, sport ‘hillbilly’ felt hats and
‘moonshine’ jugs thoughtfully provided by the host.

Next year’s show will again be the second weekend after
Labor Day, and promises to be even better as a newly restored
Minneapolis steam engine should make its first appearance at the
show. Perhaps Joe Graziana can be persuaded to bring one of his
Harrison ‘Jumbo’ steam engines.

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