A GROWING ORGANIZATION


| November/December 1976



Russell engine

Jerry D' Attilio and his Russell engine.

Corydon, Iowa 50060

There is an old saying: 'Big Oaks From Little Acorns Grow.' If this saying is true, the Decatur County Historical Society at Leon, Iowa will be hunting for more room in a few years. On August 14 and 15, 1976, they staged their 3rd annual show. Rainy weather held down attendance but the exhibits were larger than last year.

Four full size steam engines were on hand. Jim Smith from Garden Grove, Iowa brought his Case engine. Everett Anderson from Humeston, Iowa brought his Aultman Taylor engine. The Maxwell brothers from Ridgeway, Missouri came with their Nichols and Shepard engine. A newcomer to the show was Jerry D'Attilio from near Humeston, Iowa. Jerry brought his Russell engine which he purchased last year. The engine at one time belonged to Ed Vogel of Buhl, Idaho. All of these engines had turns at threshing. At times, the Maxwell brothers put their engine on a stone burr mill, also owned by them. This burr mill was manufactured by Nordyke and Marmon Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, patent date August 1871. This mill had 18' stone burrs and the Maxwells were selling fresh ground cornmeal and wheat flour.

Everett Anderson belted up to a saw mill owned and restored by Glenn Dyer of near Lucas, Iowa. I guess this was the second time the mill had been in use since Glenn had restored it. I understand Glenn's farm is operated on 32 volt electricity, supplied by light plant and wind chargers both.

The Decatur Historical Society last year built a large new tin building for storing items connected with this show. In this building were many common items of farm equipment such as corn planters, cultivators, etc. One item of interest in here was a McCormick Deering Combine made in 1926, owned by Rollie Fight of Garden Grove, Iowa. Another interesting item owned and displayed by Rollie was a farm wagon made in Derby, Iowa in 1918 by some of Rollie's relatives. This wagon was number 157 so it shows that the A. Fight Company made several wagons. I think Rollie also has many of the tools used in this shop. Other items of interest in this building were a horse drawn hearse and a horse drawn mail buggy. Some of antique cars that came to the show were also in this building, also some nice model A Fords shown by Basil Dale of Humeston, Iowa. There was a nice Chevrolet 490 hack wagon owned by Wilbur Ries of Murray, Iowa and a beautiful 1925 Dodge touring car. I didn't learn the owner's name. Another car of the show which is seldom seen today was a nicely restored 1928 Whippet Coupe owned by Warner and June Rouse of Albia, Iowa.

There were a number of antique tractors on hand. The old Moline Universal with drive wheels in front; a Thieman, an Iowa product which was made by using Model A Ford motor and other parts; several McCormick Deering, an Allis Chalmer, Case, John Deere and old Farmall tractors. Russell Moss of Hamilton, Missouri brought up his model of a Mogul 45 tractor. This is a nice model. He belted up to a buzz saw several times and the wood was used by some of the steam engines.