| January/February 1964

  • Huber Thresher
    22 x 40 Huber Thresher and 28 x 48 Keck-Gonnerman Thresher at the Branch3 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc. Show, Sept. 14-15, 1963.
  • Oil Pull tractor
    Taken at Branch-3 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc. Show, Sept. 14-15, 1963. 16-30 Oil Pull, No. 3796, owned by Ronald Miller, Geneseo, Illinois. Wm. Sivert, Princeton, Illinois and Elwin Bronson, Otsego, Michigan on the tractor.

  • Huber Thresher
  • Oil Pull tractor

The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assn., Inc., Branch3 held its 1963 show on September 14, and 15, at the Ronald Miller farm one and one-half miles west of Geneseo, I11.

The weather was perfect for the show, and a crowd of approximately 6,000 turned out to watch the old time equipment at work.

The show featured threshing 20 acres of stacked oats with three separators -- two steel machines with self feeders and wind stackers and one wood machine which was hand fed and equipped with a straw carrier. The oats were in three stacks. Two separators were set so that bundles could be pitched into either machine as the stack was threshed. Steam engines took turns driving one machine, while gas tractors were used on the other machine. The oats, which yielded about 75 bushels per acre, were of excellent quality and were hauled from the separator to storage on the farm.

While the threshers were busy with the grain, other early tractors were busy each day plowing in an adjacent field. Two, three and five bottom plows were used; so there were plows available for about every size tractor on the grounds. About 15 acres of tough orchard grass sod were plowed during the two day show. The plowing demonstrations were greatly enjoyed by the public and added much to the show.

A total of 147 old time gas engines were displayed on gas engine row. All of these engines were in top running condition; and while there were many engines of the same make, there were very few exact duplications. Many of these engines were belted to old time machines and equipment.

The Mississippi Valley Region of The Antique Auto Club of America displayed 43 antique autos at the show. Members of this organization have some very fine cars and have them very well restored.


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