Antique Acres-A Comfortable Place To Be 1974 Show Report of Antique Acres, Cedar Falls, Iowa

| May/June 1975

It was old home week again at Antique Acres, last August 22; and for four days the grounds were filled with equipment and faces, both old and new. Nothing can top that mixture of fun and work at a threshing show. Through the evening were a bit chilly for those usual gatherings around the picnic tables, when you'd settle down for a good visit, we were blessed with bright sunny days. And not a minute of those days was wasted. From every direction, from sunrise to sunset, there were men and their machinery exhibiting their skills.

To the north you found the threshing crew operating A.J. Fischels & Sons' 18 H.P. Wood Brothers Steam Engine & Wood Bros. Hummingbird Thresher, a complete Iowa product. And with the addition of a team of four year old Belgium mares hitched to the hay rack, it was truly an authentic replica of those good old days. Ray Fischels, Salem, New Jersey, usually claims squatters rights on the Wood Bros. Engine during showtime, but taking a leave of absence this year, left the honor to Andy Fischels, Waterloo, Iowa, and Bob Fischels, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Well, Andy, the old pro, came through with flying colors, but Bob didn't receive such high marks. Seems someone double-belted him and it just doesn't work that way. Mr. John Sundermeyer, Readlyn, Iowa, and Bob Fischels were in charge of the separator.

Looking to the crop situation this year, because of weather conditions and the nature of the soil, they were a little below average for the Acres' standards. John Sundermeyer was again farm manager for the Acres and it was decided to put in 18 acres of oats and 40 acres of corn. Twelve acres of oats were threshed before showtime with a 20 H.P. Minneapolis Steam Engine, owned by Shelby Bellinger, La Porte City, Iowa, and his son, Dean, Waterloo, Iowa, and the Fischels' Hummingbird Thresher. The men also threshed five acres of oats for a neighbor this summer. Six acres of the best oats were left to thresh during the show; all of which were baled during showtime with John Sundermeyer's New Holland Baler and the manpower supplied by various members of the Kruger and Persinger families of Columbia, Missouri.

On the southern border, the boys outdid themselves this year with their plowing expedition. The first man in the field each afternoon was Mr. Everett Hildebrandt, Waverly, Iowa, with his team of Belguims on the walking plow. This was a first for the Acres and Lou Kruger and his daughter, Brenda, even tried their hand at it. Then from 2 H.P. we jumped to 140 H.P. with the Smolik Brothers', Osage, Iowa, Reeves Steam Engine, still believed to be the largest and only engine left in operation today. The Reeves pulled the Smolik's John Deere 14 bottom plow; and with little effort, the Great Iron Horse once again proved its worth. Next Mr. Hildebrandt increased his horse power with five Belguims hitched to a gang plow. Then came our President, A. J. Fischels, and John Sundermeyer with their 30 H.P. Townsend Oil Tractor, that looks like a miniature steam engine, pulling a 3 bottom plow. Following this was the Smolik's 20 H.P. Advance Rumely Threshing Engine and 14 bottom plow with 8 bottoms down. They also exhibited their 110 Case Steamer on the 14 bottom plow, engineer, Mr. George Hedke, Davis Juncion, Illinois. Filling in for Mr. Arnie Slyndie, Lyle, Minnesota, was Mr. Jack Fritchard, Elma, Iowa. Jack engineered the 140 Reeves Engine and the 20-60 Rumely Engine. He did a superb job and we hope to see more of him around the Acres.

Mr. Charles Robinson, exhibitor from Cresco, Iowa, made a few rounds with his newly restored 6 cylinder Rumely tractor. These were all steel wheel equipment, bringing us up to the modern era of the rubber tire. Among the various models of this type who aided in turning the turf was Mr. Roy Harper, Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his 'homemade' tractor that has a Buick motor and Massey rear axle. Needless to say, it was an exhibit of excellent showmanship and outside of a little trimming around the eges. of a little trimming around the edges. Mr. Sundermeyer's postoperative show plowing was cut considerably.

Due east lies the excitement of the sawmill and its fearless crew. Owned by J.S. Fenton, Waterloo, Iowa, the mill was powered by the Fenton 30-60 Oil Pull, the Smolik's 20-60 Rumely Steam Engine, and the Bellinger's 20 H.P. Advance Rumely Universal Steam Engine. Mr. Leonard Flynn, Toledo, Iowa, we award you a Master of Arts Degree for your talent at the sawmill. His very capable assistants were Mr. Fenton, Mr. Cleo Howard, Dike, Iowa, and Mr. Frank Williams, Finchford, Iowa. They really kept her a humming; and by the close of the show, the log pile had pretty well diminished.