ANTIQUE ACRES


| March/April 1986



Wood Brothers and Dave Fuls

Randy Schweren's 22 HP Wood Brothers and Dave Fuls' 16 HP Reeves preparing to thresh.

1515 Longfellow Waterloo, Iowa 50703

Well, as sad as it may seem, the 1985 steam season is rapidly coming to an end. I hope everyone got to visit their favorite shows and renew the old acquaintances, in addition to making many new ones.

The Antique Acres show was held the 22, 23, 24, and 25th of August. This year marked the 21st year the old time power show has been held in Cedar Falls. Yet the show seems to improve each year with new ideas, exhibits, and exhibitors.

The show traditionally starts on Thursday, but thanks to some heavy rains in the morning the first day was all but rained out! Like many other shows Thursday is regarded as a setup day so not much was lost. If nothing else, it gave the engineers a chance to 'chew the fat.'

A distinct advantage we have at the Acres is sandy soil. So, when Friday rolled around the grounds were in good shape. All the engines were fired up and ready to go and I decided to put my dad's 1919 20 HP Advance Rumely on the saw mill. We had so many logs this year that we sawed from morning until 7:00 in the evening. I'm happy to say the old Rumely didn't mind the long days and performed real well! The Fischels used their 18 HP Wood Brothers to power their Wood Brothers 'Hummingbird' separator. Both of these machines were built in Des Moines making this a complete Iowa rig. This is a very fine running engine. Also threshing was Dave Fuls' 16 HP Reeves. Dave is an excellent machinist and this has to be the smoothest, quietest running engine I have ever seen. Dave also has a Wood Bros, threshing machine. It looks real nice seeing the two machines going at once.

After lunch each afternoon everyone headed out towards the stubble fields for the plowing demonstration. The Smolik Brothers' 40-140 Reeves and 110 Case took turns breaking earth with the 12 x 12' plows. The Reeves handles the plow like it wasn't even there. Randy Schwerin, Ray Smolik, and Graham Sellers do a fine job of showing off the power of this huge engine. The Case also handles the plow very well. Jack Fritcher and Floyd Scholtes seem to have a lot of fun with the old girl. But, it seems as though old Floyd likes playing with the locomotive whistle more than anything! Can't say as I blame him as it puts out a lovely sound.