First Annual Reunion OF THE Northeastern Wisconsin Steam Club

| January/February 1954

  • Eagle Tractor
    Eagle Tractor owned by Howard Kaster of Casco, Wis. Shown at the Northeastern Wisconsin Steam Club, Luxemburg, Wis., 1953. A Smith photo.
  • Case 20 Tractor
    Case 20 Tractor, 1915 model. Owned by Gus Deucher and exhibited at Luxemburg, Wis., Reunion, 1953. Photo by Smith.
  • 65 hp. Case
    The 65 hp. Case owned by Joe Krueger, of Ellisville, Wis., at Luxemburg, Wis., pulling the German Band in the parade

  • Eagle Tractor
  • Case 20 Tractor
  • 65 hp. Case

Joliet, Illinois

The Northeastern Wisconsin Steam Club held their first threshermen's reunion September 12th and 13th, 1953 at the Kewaunee County Fair Grounds in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Congratulations for a fine show are extended to Jim Rabas, Algoma, Wis., president of the Club; R. Gordon Clark, Green Bay, Wis., secretary; Henry Vander Heiden, treasurer; and D. U. Chateau, president of the Kewaunee County Fair  Association, and to many others for their fine cooperation.

Ten steam engines were in operation. Three are owned by Jim Rabas, one a 20-70 Nichols & Shepard, a 65 Case, and the third a 24-85 Minn., boiler and engine mounted on a rubber tired truck chassis that is capable of pulling 70,000 pounds on the drawbar. Other Case engines were a 45 owned by Marvin Saenger of Lark, Wis., and a 65 owned by Gardner township, Door County, Wis., a 50 hp. of Harold Jens of Elkart Lake, Wis., and the 65 of Joseph Krueger, Ellisville.

R. Gordon Clark entered a 12 hp. Rumely built in 1897, and believed to be the oldest intact engine in that region. Herman Hopfensperger entered a double cylinder Reeves and 'The 400', a 70-year-old Case boiler on which was mounted a double cylinder engine, and mounted on a truck chassis.

Highlight of the program was a race of three engines mounted on truck chassis. The Northwest of Walter Culp, the Minn., of Jim Rabas, and the Case of Jos. Krueger. Walter Culp's Northwest won. His engine has speed in excess of 40 miles per hour. Other exhibits included a 1915 '0-40' Case gas tractor owned by Gus Deucher, a 45 hp. Eagle and a Moline owned by Howard Kaster of Casco, Wisconsin, a 32 inch Minn. separator owned by Jim Rabas, bought in 1927, and a very old 1897 Belle City separator, hand fed and with straw carrier, owned by Jim Keuster, of Clintonville, Wisconsin.

Three fine Models were shown by Clarence Mirk of Milwaukee, Wis. Frank Heimerl of St. Nazranz, Wis. and Orwin C. Burmeister of Kewaunee, Wis., were the owners. An ancient reaper, a dog-power treadmill, and modern machinery were also on display.


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