Greenridge Steam and Gas ANTIQUE SHOW


| May/June 1999



Homemade steam engine

Howard Mickelson explains how his size homemade steam engine works.

1412 7th Street Harlan, Iowa 51537-1716

The 22nd annual Greenridge Steam and Gas Antique Show was held Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 1998. A huge crowd was on hand Saturday to see the festivities kick-off. President Alvin Musfeldt was happy with the turnout of exhibitors, performers, and spectators.

The new, much bigger blacksmith shop run by Steve Nelson, of Marne, made its debut. With the help of Jeff Allen of Omaha and Mark Brundige of Irwin, they fashioned items of iron. It was powered by a 1920 Fairbanks-Morse 20 HP 2-cycle diesel engine owned by John and James Weighton of Audubon. Also in the blacksmith shop was Walter Murray of Irwin who ran his wood-lathing machine off the same diesel engine. He demonstrated the making of candle-holders.

A new feature at the show was in the former broom-maker's building. Elmer 'Mike' and Janet Askew of Anita set up candle-dipping, weaving, and soap-making displays. Children and adults alike enjoyed trying their hand at making candles. The Askews devised a mixture of beeswax, paraffin, and tallow to make these. For their weaving they use an old-fashioned pattern called 'rose-walk.' However, they can do custom weaving, also. Their soap is made of tallow, water, and lye.

Howard Mickelson's 1915 Case steam engine running Don Ferry's 1902 Aultman-Taylor sawmill was a big drawing ticket. On hand to run both were Clark Ahrenholtz of Harlan, Marlowe Feldman of Albert City, Dick Wright and Max Miller of Villisca, Bob Nelson of Atlantic, John Thumma of Laurens, Andy Ras-mussen of Irwin, and Larry Blecha of Council Bluffs. These men also helped run the lumber-planing machine, the shingle-maker, and Howard and Don's half-size steam engine and sawmill.

The 1916 65-Case steam engine owned by the Greenridge Club threshed oats in the north field with engineers Danny Mickelson and Clark Ahrenholtz of Harlan. Helping were Dani Dee Mickelson and Tabi and Cami Ahrenholtz, plus many volunteers.