Eagan threshing bee

| September/October 1979

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    On July 29 and 30, 1978, the 10th Annual Eagan, Minnesota Threshing Bee was held at the George H. Ohmann, Jr., farm.

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1511 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

When I arrived at the show, lumber sawing was in progress. Reuben Boettscher was in charge of George Ohmann, Jr.'s 28 HP Minneapolis engine belted to the lumber saw cutting lumber from big logs. Ohmann's 50 HP Case was belted to an edger, trimming up boards and dimension lumber as it came from the saw. Jim Mollenhauer was the engineer on the Case.

Lumber sawing was carried on as extensively as it has been other years during the show.

Other activity included log sawing with Al VonBank and his son's drag saw which Mr. Von Bank claims is the oldest one in existence. Narrow cuts from logs are sold as souvenirs.

Karl Marquardt sawed lath, with power coming from a 14 HP Waterloo Boy portable gas engine. Shingles were sawn. This Waterloo Boy engine is owned by William and John Llangenbach, father and son of Hugo, Minnesota. John told me they have 90 gas engines, most of them restored.

He said his brother, Doug, has two steam engines, a 22 HP Minneapolis and an 8 HP Frick of 1882 vintage.