DAIRYLAND DRIFTINGS


| January/February 1966



Geiser engine

Courtesy of Gil Johnson, Route 1, Frederic, Wisconsin. Pat Holtcamp's daughters at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Gil Johnson

The season for this chapter takes in reunions at their height. August and into Octobers harvest talleys another years crop. It normally brings the joy of gathering in the sheaves as well as the renewing of old friendships at the many meets. Thus it was, until we received the sad word of the passing of Mrs. Ralph Shelburne (Edith to us) on Oct. 2. One gets moved compassion and in reality lost for words. To further the sad news the Shelburnes son-in-law passed away the following day from a heart attack, leaving three small children and his wife Colleen. God does so move in a mysterious way; it tests our faith, and yet grants strength and courage to carry on. To Ralph, Judy and Colleen we join their many friends in expressing our heartfelt sympathy.

The Shelburnes were among the first friends we met at Mt. Pleasant back in 1950, where they have displayed their model steam engines from that time. Edith and Judy were equally interested in steam and qualified engineers to man the throttles. No parade of power was complete without the Shelburnes from Zionsville , Indiana. Wish that I had a suitable picture to use at this time.

Now for a run down on past events. On August 21, 'the clouds of gray engulfed the day' but threshing proceeded at Stanley Petersons, Shell Lake. His 18-36 Hart Parr hung tight in the belt to his 24' John Deere thresher. Here neighbors converge annually to help, and by the time the last load was done some 1200 bushels of oats were in the bin. That was a day luck came my way. Stan let me use his spoke fly wheeled John Deere 'D' to help haul in bundles. I somehow felt an inner sensation of prestige.

The following Monday was our thresh day, using the Case 50 as usual. Jim Johnson from Park Ridge Ill., run the engine and this time we used a wagon-box load of cull yo-yos for fuel. Jim said this surpassed coal, and at a mere cost of two bucks. As an added attraction we belted our 10-20 Titan to our 24' Huber thresher for one load of oats.

Aug. 28th, to the 9th annual Pioneer Engine and Thresher show held on the Paul Marquardt farm, 6 miles west of Pine City, Minn. Ideal weather permitted a full show of activities. Joe Pangerls 11x11 Minneapolis Engine #8052 was belted to the Belle City thresher. Warren Doan's 6 hp portable Frick engine was busy with the shingle saw. Karl Marquardt's 45 hp Mogul moved about the grounds. Many live gas engines arrayed the hillside. I caught a picture of Carl Mortenson driving Alois Benches 1898 Steam Locomobile, taking passengers for free, this time it was my good friend Geo Christian who still thinks transportation comes best by steam.

Next move was to Old Threshers at Mt. Pleasant where Geo. C. again set up his tent for the 6th consecutive year in the same spot adjacent to Stienmetz 'covered wagon', from LaFarge. It is indeed a pleasure to meet the 'old gang' and meet new friends. Speaking of new friends, we met the bride of Chady Atteberry of Blackwell Okla., They were newlyweds of a week, and what an ideal place to spend a honeymoon. Congratulations! Welcome is the bride to our midst. Girls do play an important role, even at thresh Bees, and how it boosts the morale. In one thresh setting I was able to snap pictures of Pat Holt-camp's daughters from Winfield Ia. Sorry I didn't get their names. They very casually belted up their 16 hp Gaar-Scott engine to the Port Huron 'Rusher' thresher. On the thresher end was Carol McLaren, Bob McLaren's daughter from Manilla, Ia., pitching in bundles. It was very evident she had pitched bundles before this picture was taken. Thanks girls, 'you all come back now'.