RD 2, Zeeland, Michigan 49464
July 2 was the big day for the 5th Annual Steam and Gas-up of the Riverbend Steam and Gas Ass'n. of Allendale, Michigan. The weather man promised good weather and everybody was full of enthusiasm. We had waited for this day since 1972. The machinery started to come early in the day, but as the day progressed the sky started to darken a bit, and in the afternoon as the barley was being loaded; sure enough it started to rain, but we did manage to get 2 loads under cover.
July 3 started out on the damp order, but by noon or a little later it dried off and the Show was on the road. There was threshing, baling, lumber sawing, shingle making, flour making and bean threshing. By the way the bean thresher was powered by a horsepower sweep.
One hitch developed when one of the old steamers sprung a leak. She was shut down and drained, and when it had cooled off it was repaired and soon was back on the job again. It was an 'Advance-Rumley' owned by member Jay Bowers. Member John Huitema was on the job with his 30-50 Oil Pull running a Red River thresher. Member Bud Rosema had his 15-30 Oil Pull on the Baker Fan, while member Gordon Stroven had his 20-40 Oil Pull on the saw mill. Member Tom Rosema had his 7 H.P. Economy Engine on the Shingle Mill, while member Sharon Schut had his 6 H.P. Screen cooled Int. on his hand feed Sterling thresher (Vintage 1900). Tom's Int. Titan was on an old feed and hand tie baler owned by member Claude Scholma and son Lee.
Some of the old tractors present were: Cross Engine Case 12-27, Cross engine Minn. Moline 22-44, also D John Deere 1923, and about 15 more of misc. makes. Among the gas engines to name a few were: 8 H.P. Galloway, 15 H.P. Fairbanks, 1 H.P. Stover, 1 H.P. Mogul, 2 H.P. Stover, 4 H.P. Stover, 8 H.P. Stover, 3 H.P. Ideal, 6 H.P. Int. 7 H.P. Economy, 2 H.P. Upright Fairbanks, 3 H.P. Int. and a 1-1/2 H.P. Int.
On July 4th there was a big parade, and then a full day of threshing, baling, sawing lumber, making shingles, and making flour. There never was a let up in the activity. The ladies from the area churches made and sold the food and it was delicious.
Many thanks to all who helped make the show a success. Thanks to the many visitors who came to look and then stayed to visit a while. Needless to say everybody is looking forward to 1974 and we hope for a bigger and better show.