| November/December 1951

2801 South Hillside Avenue Wichita. 15, Kansas

The first annual meeting of the newly formed Antique Engine and Thresher Association held at Joyland Hillside amusement park, 2801 S. Hillside Avenue, Wichita, Kansas, August 9, 10, 11, and 12, proved to be one of the most successful events over staged at the large park.

Convention crowd estimates vary to a degree of uncertainty. However, it is an accepted fact that many thousands of people witnessed the unusual and interesting events.

Threshing of new wheat with a 1928 Rumely Advance thresher, plowing with an eight bottom 1910 John Deere plow, saw milling with a 54 inch Reeves mill and Prony brake testing with a new Prony brake built especially for the convention by Herb and Harold Ottaway, owners of Joyland Park, were the main events of the four-day convention.

Steam traction engines present included: Case 65, Case 50, Case 12, Minnea polis 20, Nichols and Shepard 13 (1898) and a Port Huron 16 all owned by the Ottaway boys; Lyman Knapp of Black-well, Oklahoma, brought his Russell 25; K. E. Reynolds arrived late with a, Nichols and Shepard 20-75; Roger Elgin, also of Wichita, brought his Illinois 25; and A. J. Goodban of York, Nebraska brought one of the most interesting working models seen by those present, a one-tenth scale model Reeves 65.

Yankee ingenuity was proved beyond a shadow of a doubt When Harold and Herb Ottaway started building a Prony brake less than a week before the convention started. Original plans were to bring a brake to the convention from the University of Nebraska. When these plans fell through, work started immediately and they produced a brake, as good as any we have seen, in time for the convention. Bearing came from one end of Kansas and wheels from another and somehow the boys were able to complete a major engineering feat in record time. Kenneth Razak, director of the engineering school at the University of Wichita, aided in the design of the brake.

Joel McDowell
7/28/2009 3:26:15 PM

My sons and I are in the process of restoring a Case 32x54 grain separator (threshing machine). The straw walkers are in bad shape and need to be rebuilt. Does anyone know what kind of wood was used for their construction. I know from old Case literature that the bearings are made of Ash and boiled in oil. But no mention of the actual walker's construction was shown other then to say they are wood. If anyone could help we'd appreciate it. Thanks