Annual Rogers Show

| September/October 1979

  • Rodgers
    August 19 and 20th were the dates of the 1978 Rodgers, Minnesota show.

  • Rodgers

1511 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

The weather for the 78 show was ideal. The temperature both days was comfortable; not too hot and no sign of rain.

A fine grove of shade trees was well taken by exhibitors of gas engines of all sizes. Threshing of oat bundles, lumber sawing, shingle making and stove wood sawing by gasoline powered saw rigs, were attractions during both days of the show.

A power operated blacksmith shop was in operation. A gas engine of about 15 HP was belted to a line shaft. When I arrived at the show I saw a man with a traction steam engine filling the storage tank on the engine with water at the well on the show site. The operator of the engine told me he was Henry Lahr of St. Joseph, Minnesota. He said he has operated a shop where he had done both blacksmith and machine work for fifty years. He told me he had recently threshed 400 bushels of oats on his farm using the above engine, which he said was 18 HP, running his 32' Minneapolis thresher. With that he drove the engine away. And as he did, a man remarked, 'he built that engine.'

At the gas engine exhibit I met Mr. & Mrs. Bob Bartheld and son, Jeff, who is an auctioneer. Their exhibit of 12 to 14 small engines was most interesting. Mrs. Bartheld, who had helped with advertising the show, was officially connected with the flea market which was in progress at the show.

They showed a gas engine made at Fairmont, Minnesota. The company is still in operation. The engine is used on railroad section cars replacing the old hand-powered cars that section crews used in the old days. The engine is rated at 8 HP when idling and at 13 HP when the throttle is wide open. It runs in either direction.


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