Darke County Steam Threshers Association Show


| May/June 2001



23-90 Baket plowing

Kim Besecker's 23-90 Baket plowing.

9338 Pitsburg-Laura Road Arcanum, Ohio 45304

The Darke County Steam Threshers is well into planning its 45th Reunion for the 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of July, 2001. This will be the third year at our own show grounds, so I thought I would give everyone an update of our 2000 Reunion, our progress, and a sneak preview of some of the activities for the 2001 Reunion.

The Darke County Steam Threshers has always been well-known for its active engineers and equipment operators. Our show facilities have been designed to support easy access to activities for both the spectator and the engineer. We raise six to nine acres of wheat right in the show area. We leave approximately one acre standing to cut during the show. We are the only show that I know of in the state that does this; it has become quite an attraction.

Our threshing machines were a 32' hand fed Advance owned by David Kemler of Stanton, Michigan; 33' Baker separator owned by Bob Mattis and operated by his dad, Kenny of Westmilton, Ohio; 28' John Deere owned and operated by John Holp of Arcanum, Ohio.

We have been complimented many, many times on our sawmill operation, as being one of the most organized and efficient that has been seen. We must thank Tom Stephens of Stephens Lumber for providing 100-plus logs and sawing his production orders on our mill, as well as the directors and engineers that make up Tom's Sawmill crew every year. It is people like these that make a show, enjoyable to watch for hours.

We also have ten-plus acres that are used for our plowing demonstration. We would like to thank the Lavy family for letting us use their newly restored 12-bottom John Deere gang plow this year. We hope to see it in action at the 2001 show. It was a sight to see the engines pulling this plow. Howard Miller and John Holp put on a nice exhibition of double heading all 12 bottoms with two 20 HP Advances.