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
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
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.
Officers for 1951 of the Antique Engine and Thresher Association
were elected at a night business meeting held Saturday, August 11.
Lyman Knapp of Blackwell, Oklahoma, was elected president; Herb
Ottaway, Wichita, vice president; R. G. Langenwalter, Wichita,
secretary-treasurer: and O. W. Recce, Liberal, Kansas, was elected
Members of the association’s board of directors are: Harold
I. Ottaway, Wichita; E. C. McMillan, Hoisington, Kansas; K. E.
Reynolds, Wichita; and Claud Yaughgar, Murdock, Kansas.
Plans for the 1952 Antique Engine and Thresher Association
convention, to be held during the month of August next year, are
now being formed. Many additional engines are expected to be in
attendance at the next meeting and more antique equipment is
already coming to the park.
Information on, the Antique Engine and Thresher Association is
available to, fans living in the Midwest by writing the association
at 2801 S. Hillside Avenue, in Wichita, Kamsas.
There is much in heredity, but more in integrity.