In July we had the pleasure to take in Justin Hingtgen's Show at LaMotte, Iowa. This affair is well planned and activity is continuous. The various events keep you so occupied you don't get tired from loafing around. Since Hingtgen is primarily engaged in logging and sawing, he featured sawing lumbers, lathes and shingles, and equally interesting was the veneer mill. These exhibits were very ably handled by Earl Russell and his helpers. Threshing with three rigs and shredding corn with C. B. Killings little 2 roll Rosenthal was all in keeping pace with the run of reunions. Perhaps two major attractions are steam plowing with a 14 bottom plow and the ramp climb by Harry Wood-manse. Numerous other activities and a display of old machines make this a show worth circling on your calendar. Had a nice visit with Ray Ernst. Said he felt just fine now that reunions got underway; one can forget the many little problems that seem to plague us in the winter months. Then too he said his oats yielded 90 bushels per acre; so corn isn't all that comes 'tall' in Iowa. Says he, 'If you had a carload of money and no friends you would still have nothing'. How right he is. Durward Stienmetz introduced me to Golden Stewart from the Grand Old Opera at Nashville. Golden was in charge of Hingtgen's 30 Case #21693. He once owned this engine or one identical to it. The girls playing with Justin's 30 Case are Jill Stienmetz at the steering wheel, her mother Koletta and sister Peggy, with Kathy Hingtgen at the levers. LeRoy Levine from DeKalb, Ill, introduced me to his partner Louis V. Johnson, a locomotive engineer on the 'Milwaukee Road'. They were in charge of that mighty 40-120 Avery Undermounted pictured plowing. The next picture was taken as Woodman see tackled the incline with Ray Kammerer's 45 Case.
Progress and education are to me two controversial issues. There is more emphasis on education than ever, and yet the Golden Rule which is in accordance with the Bible is gradually losing its importance to daily living. When we as a nation misplace our trust we are indeed heading for a downfall. To what avail a college degree and yet no brotherly love? Progress in its modern sense certainly is not without penalty. The study of birds has always intrigued me. While going down the surfaced highways it grieves me to see how many birds are killed by modern cars. I believe it safe to say on our way to LaMotte I saw one dead bird per mile average. I rather doubt that replacement would even match such destruction of wild life not to mention the natural enemies such as cats, fox, weasels and the trigger happy hunter. TV towers kill millions of birds annually as they migrate at night. Very noticeable too is the lack of birds, frogs and bees in farm fields and roadsides. Farmers who have already cut their second crop of hay by the last of July almost eliminates the possibility of field birds nesting on the ground to even hatch one brood of young. Without a doubt weed and brush spraying as well as the use of pesticides have indirectly taken a terrific toll, and that even to the pollution of waters. Somehow the less desirable species such as starlings, English sparrows and blackbirds have kept pace with modern man. A book has been in print 'The Silent Spring', that sadly portrays the day song birds are all but extinct. Here is a wild life problem that unless our government takes some steps, we'll soon find out, 'too little too late'.
Aug. 6-7 was the 'Pioneer Days' at Eau Claire which drew a nice crowd. Here was Raymond Reed from Viroqua with his model of a Case 65. Here I met Jack Fritcher from Lime Springs, Ia. He has a 20 hp Minneapolis #8649 and a 36' thresher that he belts up for his annual oat harvest. Wm. A. Ziegenhagen was there from Le Center Minn. He has several engines including an old 12-36 return flue Ames traction, a 9-30 Case that he bought from Earl Grice, a double N. S. 20-75 side mounted and now owns a 20 hp Northwest, to get home from the North Shore close to the Canadian border. One feature of this Eau Claire show that struck my fancy was the tank wagon that kept the 5 big engines in ample water supply. The Tankie was a young man named Jerry Wathke from Rt. 1 using his faithful team of mares, May and Sally. He had just watered Kurth's 65 Case when I snapped the picture. That's Orrin Kurth by the tank wagon, who I had several chats with. One time he came up with 'Threshing without steam is like eating bread without butter.' So Right!
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work and others willing to let them.
The Early Day Engine Show at Pine City in mid-August got fairly rained out for the threshing part, but a good exhibit and meeting old friends put it down as a worthy venture. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams from Ada, Minn, were there. Harold wanted to see that 45 hp Mogul operate, and it is a rare specimen. It was nice to see Alden and Martha Mourel from Milton Ia, and Lester Roos from Geneseo Ill, there.
On Aug 20, we had the pleasure to attend a very nice wedding at Chicago City, Minn. Linda Person exchanged vows with Douglas Krause. Her mother Harriet and the late George Person have been our friends from way back. Had a nice visit with Linda's Uncle and he came up with episode of the modern trend. Seems a large Manufacturing concern was being modernized to produce goods by machine automation, however the manager called a meeting of all employees who now had their jobs at stake. Facing the multitude of workers he stated that none of them would be laid off, that they would still get the same pay, still enjoy previous fringe benefits, but they would only have to report to work on Wednesdays. A moment of silence and one worker stood up and asked 'Every Wednesday?'
The modern sage brags his financial worries are over when he's completely out of money.