North Rockford, Illinois
I enclose a picture and a clipping from our weekly paper that will give you some idea of how our first show went over. The picture is of the 25-85 Nichols & Shepard double cylinder rear mount you saw when you were here, pulling my 36x58 Case separator. The crowd was so big they practically had to be pushed aside to get the engine turned around to belt up, and when we were threshing, the platform and coal bunkers were crowded with men and boys taking pictures and movies or just looking, and others waiting their turn. This engine attracted quite a little attention by the effortless way it handled the separator.
Other engines doing threshing were my 26 hp. Advance, burning straw; a Case 50 hp. owned by Harold Burke of Cooperstown; North Dakota, belted to a small hand-feed; a Nichols & Shepard double owned by John Arstad of McHenry, North Dakota. The 25-85 Nichols & Shepard double cylinder side mount owned by C. A. Anderson of New Rockford, and my 25-85 N&3 single were not used for threshing, but, of course, ran in the parade. Ernest Nohrenberg's dandy little Case 45 was belted to the saw for a while. Ernest is from Pingree, North Dakota. The other separator used besides my Case and the Champion hand-feed owned by Ray Albertson of Cogswell, North Dakota, was a dandy Advance Rumely 32 inch owned by C. A. Anderson.
Elmer Larson's scale model Oil Pull really attracted a lot of attention, also a dandy little model of a Case steamer by Lloyd Koehmstedt of Overly, North Dakota, and a Minneapolis engine model by Art Haga of Bergen, North Dakota. Mr. Haga also had a dandy 1907 Stanley Steamer and he really kept it busy. Other items were a shock loader several Model T Ford cars and trucks, and a very old Cadillac.
My very good friends Norman Nelson and his brother Hartvig of Rollag, Minnesota, operated my Advance Sunday through the parade when they had to leave. The weatherman was very cooperative, gave us a couple of dandy days. The previous two or three weeks had been blustry and cold, and about three days alter the show we had a snow storm that left drifts up to six feet high.