1511 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
The 1974 Eagan Steam Show was held September 14th and 15th, on the George H. Ohman Jr. farm. The show site is at the intersection of Pilot Knob Road and Route 32.
The Ohman farm is located about seven miles south of the Mendota bridge just out of St. Paul and about seven miles northwest of Rosemount in Eagan township. The Ohman holdings consist of the George Jr. home where the show grounds are located, and the adjoining farm owned and operated by George H. Ohman Sr. and his son, Marvin.
Corn, oats and soy beans are the main crops in production. Each year oats are cut and stacked, usually at least eight stacks are built in two four-stack settings. Stacked grain bundles go through a sweat and enough time lapses after stacking so that the bundles are dry enough to thresh.
Show time is also threshing time at the Ohman farm. The grain is hauled from the machines in trucks and straw is baled when threshing and show time is over.
Lloyd Belden came with his 65 HP Case, running Ohman's 36 inch Minneapolis separator with wing feeders. Engineer Ted Knack of St. Paul Park was on duty with this one.
A recently restored Minneapolis tractor with the 4 cylinder motor under the hood performed well as it was used for a short time on one of the big threshers. Oney Darson of nearby Inver Grove Heights was busy with the grease gun around the threshing machines.
George Ohman Jr. was sawing lumber with his 30 HP Minneapolis engine in the belt. Reuben Boettcher was the engineer, assisted by engineer Jim Mollenhauer.
Tractor plowing was demonstrated in a nearby stubble field. Other activity included shingle sawing, lathe sawing, drag sawing and a baker fan operated by gas engines. Ohmans have a large collection of gas engines; most of them were running. Marvin Boettcher was assisting with the lathe sawing.
Tractors owned by George Ohman Jr. include a 39-57 Minneapolis gas tractor, a 17-30 Minneapolis, an Oliver 99 tractor, a two cylinder John Deere, a 22-36 McCormick Deering, two F20 Farmalls, one with cultivator and a 10-20 McCormick Deering all in running order.
The two 36-inch separators, one is a Minneapolis and the other a Red River Special and a 22-inch wood constructed McCormick Deering, have been the machines used at the Eagan show since it began six years ago. However, George Ohman Jr. has added six threshers to his collection ranging from 22 to 28-inch cylinders in size.
A corn shredder is added to the collection along with several units of horse drawn machinery.
Needless to say the Eagan Steam Threshing Show is a good one. George H. Ohman is the manager. His wife is secretary and they are ably assisted by George H. Ohman Sr. and his son, Marvin.
I met Art Anderson of Blooming Prairie at the Eagan Show. Art and his wife, beside operating their farm and a large museum, have an outstanding collection of machinery. He told me he owns about 100 gas tractors and five big steam traction engines. He has five miniature engines and 100 small gas and diesel engines. He has an old wooden Minneapolis separator, with 36-inch cylinder equipped with a wing feeder.
Allen Danielson of Kenyon, Minnesota recalled our meeting a few years back at the Zumbro Valley Show on Budenski Bros. farm.
The weather was ideal this year and Sunday, when I was there, I thought the attendance was well ahead of last year, but considering how good this show really is, people should come to see real grain threshing in action as well as lumber sawing, plowing and other activities.
So make it a point to be there next year. The Ohmans will be glad to see you, and you'll be glad you came.