Route 2, Albert City, Iowa 50510
A bit of nostalgia filled the air near Albert City, Iowa as the young and the 'young at heart' came to attend the Annual Threshermen and Collectors Show on August 13, 14, 1976. This was the first year to be at the new permanent show site located 2 miles west and 1 north on the black top from Albert City.
Nestled in one of the shaded areas were the gas engines that varied from the tiny scale size engines of Herb Glasnapp to the assorted larger makes of Harry Hanson. Twenty four gas engine exhibitors created a lot of enjoyment for those of us who visited 'Gas Engine Land.'
Fifty nine gas tractors located on Tractor Hill were represented by a variety of makes and sizes including a 30-60 Aultman Taylor of Mark Erickson and a Cod of Dale Lindstrum.
Some of the tractors that were at the show for the first time included a 1917 Huber cross-mount of Curt Stein, a 28-50 Hart Parr of Paul and Bill Schulte, a 15-27 Crossmount Case of Ed Lammers, a Silver King of Robert Strandbert, a J. D. L of Darrel Gebers, a J. D. AW of Eldon Johnson, a Twin City of Richard Sehl, a J. D. GP wide tread of Leroy Freeze, a McCormick 10-20 of Arnold Bolder, a McCormick 15-30 of Ted Schulte, a Farmall Regular of Eldon Woodford, a Fordson of Simon Kooima, a Case CC of Arlan Brouchous, an Oliver-Parr of George and Oscar Wilson, a La Crosse Happy Farmer that was formerly owned by Carl Peterson and a small Gibson by Jake Henkel.
Smoke and steam from a 20-60 Aultman Taylor steam engine was managed by Harry Swanson and Dean Lindblad. When not on the 36th separator, they hooked onto a 6-bottom hand lift platform plow and made a round in the stubble field.
Draft horses had an important role at the show. Carl Madson and Keith Lindblad's draft horses were kept busy hauling bundles, grinding feed, hauling and elevating oats and plowing. Mule power was demonstrated by a pair owned by Paul Lindgrin and sons.
Scale size equipment also created a lot of interest at the Albert City event. Some of the exhibits included the 1/2 scale IH tractor and threshing unit of Garret Havelaar, 1/3 scale 65 Case steam engine of Claire and Andy Elsbury, 1/3 scale Case engine of Leo Mohoney, 1918 scale navy bean thresher from Grand Meadow Heritage Center, miniature steam engine and thresher of Jake Smouse, miniature gas engines of Russ Carpenter and of H. W. Borcherding, miniature steam engines and whistles of M. B. Woley, a Model Oil Pull of R. W. Krieg, Model Mogul tractor of Melvin Joenks, and a small tractor made by Terry and Todd Applegate's grandfather.
Of the several antique cars and trucks on display, Jerry Richter brought his 1924 Model T roadster to the show for the first time. Another first time exhibit was a 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle of Wes Hilderbrant.
Stone ground whole wheat flour was produced on the grounds through the efforts of Merel Peterson and some willing students. Reports came from the camping area that it made mighty good tasting bread.
The sawmill located in the shade, drew attention through the efforts of Karl Lindblad and his assistants. The shingle mill and lathe mill located a short distance away, kept Emery Shold and his young helpers busy turning out souvenirs.
The blacksmith shop, with a humble beginning, kept Swede Erickson and Merrel Reineking wondering when the cool breezes would be coming from the northwest.
The food stand, located in the center of a cool shaded area, was popular. The food, including homemade pies, was prepared and served by the ladies of the Association.
The Apple Cider Hut was another popular place. Making apple cider was demonstrated and also served by some willing young teens.
Through the efforts of Clair and Andy Elsbury, freshly sawed round wooden souvenirs were made by their saw, belted to their 1/3 scale Case steam engine.
The 54' x 90' exhibit and demonstration building was a busy place during the show. Some of the demonstrations included hair curling with rags, quilting bee, quilling, sock making, rug loom, spinning wool, tatting, etc. Several areas were arranged with displays of farm and home antiques including a display of interesting quilts.
A new addition for the show was a Senior Citizens Tour Wagon. The canopy covered unit, built by Dale Lindstrum, enabled its riders to observe the action on the grounds without having to walk. The tour unit included a ramp and a space to help people in wheel chairs.
Other activities of the 2-day show included a slow tractor race, a horses vs. humans pulling contest and a rolling pin throwing event.
The Albert City Threshermen & Collectors Assn., a non-profit organization, extends a 'Thank you' to those who came to exhibit or visit past shows and we are looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and to meeting new friends.