Gabel’s Threshing Bee

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It is an Aultman Taylor 20-60 steam engine - 84 years young, Harry Swanson, with his hand on the steering wheel watches the action on the belt as Dean Sundblad, assistant engineer, prepares to throw in another scoop of coal at the 1974 Albert City Show.
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This shot shows plowing -Carl Madson and his draft horses got a work-out on the John Deere gang plow at the Show. Courtesy of Karl hind, Route 2, Albert City, Iowa 50510

RFD 1, Box 193, Sharon Road, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912

Our 1974 Threshing Bee turned out to be our biggest show in
seven years. What a day it was! The Good Lord answered our prayers
and we had a most beautiful day. The sun shone bright and people
ran around and sat around outside without their coats. Our covered
dish dinner was enjoyed by all. They even sat outside to eat. I
heard several say they got a little more sunburn. I know I did.

Our crowd came from six different states this year. Two families
from Florida, at least two families from Michigan, a family from
Dayton, Washington. Of course people came from all over Ohio, West
Virginia and Pennsylvania. We were so happy to have such a nice

Clarence and Minerva Huffman ground whole wheat flour, corn meal
and buckwheat flour in their grist mill. They sold out and had to
go home and get more buckwheat and wheat. They were completely sold
out before the show was over. They came back Sunday afternoon and
ground more to fill their orders. People out riding came in to look
around on Sunday and bought whole wheat flour and corn meal while

One man from Pennsylvania said we really have something nice
going here and to keep up our good work.

Our 1975 Threshing Bee will be for two days, Saturday and Sunday
October 4th and 5th. Our covered dish dinner has gotten beyond us
and we will not have it this year. Food stands will be on the
grounds both days. Admission will be free as usual. Bring your
folding chairs, so you can sit anywhere and see what is going

Come both days if you wish. There will be room for Campers.
There are plenty of motels within six or seven miles of here.

We live on Sharon Road South, Belmont County Road #6, just one
mile and two tenths from State Road 250 at Colerain, Ohio.

Hope to see you all on October four and five. Now don’t
forget those two dates.

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