| January/February 1957

President, Blackwell, Oklahoma

Friday, August 17, saw the efforts of many people come to reality in the form of the organized program of the Antique Engine and Threshers Association. At 1:00 P. M., Mrs. Stroud brought the group to attention by playing 'The Star Spangled Banner' on the Caliope and Bill Arnett gave the invocation. The show was officially started. The many events were staged as scheduled. Big Mac of course went up the famous Case incline with his 'Elgin watch' 40hp. Case. The Prony brake was used liberally. The cord wood saw got a lot of use even the model engine sawed wood.

Threshing of oats and rye was done with Ottaway Bros. 32' Avery Yellow Fellow and the Case 20' hand feed. Various engines powered the Avery while Knapp's 6hp. Russell usually powered the hand feed. Mr. Varney's model pulled the Case once also. The whistle code was under the supervision of Bill Merhoff of Newkirk, Oklahoma, and Everett Rohrers of Engle-wood, Colorado, who brought a Union Pacific locomotive whistle with him to use in the railroad code. Later Mr. Rohrers donated the whistle to the Association.

The Martin Bros., of Fairview, Oklahoma, brought their Baker fan to the meet. This fan has four blades 24'x32' that swing on a 36' radius. This proved to be very interesting and with a 24' pulley would load the 20 to 25 hp. engines nicely. The Trego 20hp. Advance and Ottaway's 24 Minnie were the stars on this with 410 and 435 R.P.M. Our thanks to the Martens for the use of their fan. Case engines from the little 9hp. of R. D. Yoder's to the giant 110hp. of Ottaway's were in action. Several old time gas tractors were operating.

Knapp's 6hp. 1890 model Russell was the teeter-totter engine.

In the Model section Mr. Varney of Little River, Kansas, had his model there. Chas. Bolton of Reese, Kansas, and Jack Kauer of Wichita had Case models. Bill Jones of Wichita had his upright model in action.


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