From the Butterfield Advocate
(Our thanks to Marcia R. Paulson, Editor of Butterfield Advocate for permission to use write-up and pictures.)
The Butterfield Threshermen's Association (Butterfield, Minn.) held its third annual Steam and Gas Engine Show the weekend of Aug. 16-17, and around 20,000 people were on hand to enjoy this increasingly popular event.
Though only three years old, the show is one of the finest around; and the town folks (all 601 of them) and people from the surrounding area are working hard to turn it into a real classic.
At the Butterfield Show you will find that the emphasis in on perfection and activity. Everything has been beautifully restored and is in perfect running condition.
Though certainly not the largest, our display of antique tractors is, without a doubt, one of the finest. All have been restored and are running for the big afternoon parades. Some of them, in fact, look like they were just driven off the dealer's showroom floor!
Art Ommodt of Butterfield and Ed Lammers of Fulda are our leading tractor experts, and their beautifully restored models are really works of art. We've enclosed a picture of Ed and his 12-25 Waterloo Boy (1918) to give you an idea of the quality workmanship we're talking about.
Also drawing much comment at this year's show were a big Rumely E 30-60 (1914) owned by Orville Huhnerkoch of Belview; a 15 hp. 1906 International with screen and tank cooler owned by Vernon Iverson of Storden; an 8-16 Mogul (1915)- owned by Wayne R. Hanson of Mt. Lake; and a 12-20 Rock Island Heider (1924) owned by George Samuelson of Butterfield.
There were literally hundreds of gas engines, big and small, chugging away throughout both days of the show. Two of the classics were Ole Lundberg's 6 hp. Lightning Engine manufactured about 1900 by the Kansas City Hay Press Co. and Ed Streich's 1905 7 hp. inverted Hart-Parr, which is oil-cooled and will
Run on gas, kerosene or alcohol. Lundberg's Kansas City Lightning is a single cylinder, 4-cycle engine of opposed piston type. Another beauty, one of several exhibited by Harvey Wahl and Sons of Dundee, was a 1906 4 hp. International Famous with screen and tank cooler. Also on display were over 50 engines owned by John Pankratz of of Mt. Lake, a collection restored by the
Sulheim Brothers of Butterfield, and numerous others.
We were a bit short on steam at this year's show, but Wayne Kispert's 22-65 Case didn't take a minute's rest as it chugged from the threshing site, where it powered Art Ommodt's 36 x 58 wing feeder Minneapolis separator, to the wood cutting area, where it ran the big saw mill.
A scale model of the big Case built by Ted Lang of Hector was used to run a scale model Avery thresher built by Gerrit Havelaar of Hubson, S.D. Also on hand to help with the threshing were John Buschena of Fulda and his converted 1880 all wood Case thresher and a McCormick-Deering rig owned by Cornelius Fast of Butterfield.
Our tractors provided the power for a good share of the threshing and kept the saw mill, lath mill and shingle mill in continuous operation. Various log saws and some ingenious cord wood splitters were also in action throughout both days of the show.
Numerous other pieces of equipment were on display including a selection of antique cars and trucks, a corn sheller, milk separator, washing machine, etc.
For those not interested in machinery and equipment, there were numerous working pioneer demonstrations on carding and spinning wool, making rope, churning butter, and making homemade ice cream and lefse. A popular new addition to this year's show was the Farmer's Blacksmith Shop with its portable forge.
There were also displays of household antiques and such varied collections as barbed wire, spark plugs, buttons, etc.
Special events included a band concert Saturday night and church services Sunday morning. Throughout Sunday afternoon those who were tired of walking around could sit and relax on benches in the shaded park area and watch stage entertainment including square dancing, an old-fashioned costume contest, and country-western music by several area groups.
Perhaps the biggest boost to the Butterfield Show is its beautiful location. When we say we have plenty of shade, we mean just that! We've enclosed an aerial photo of the site to give you some idea of what we're talking about.
The site is located on a 160 acre farm at the edge of Butterfield Lake, just west of Butterfield. The wooded park alongside the threshing site runs for about a half mile and provides an excellent location for exhibits, food stands, etc. There's also plenty of room there for campers and trailers a great place for a weekend camp-out.
Plans for next year's show are already underway with work beginning on what will eventually be a complete Pioneer Village.
The tentative dates for next year's show are August 15-16. Hope well be seeing you in Butterfield!