Hesper - Mabel Steam Engine Days


| July/August 1974

  • Stack threshing
    This picture show the stack threshing in progress with oat shocks shown in the foreground at the Scott-Carver Show in 1973.
  • 16 HP Advance engine
    That's Florian C. Karl at the controls of the 16 HP Advance engine. He has operated it for several years for Ermin Morrell.
  • Taylor tractor
    We see Marvin Boettcher and his 30-60 Aultman and Taylor tractor at Scott-Carver in 1973.
  • Fordson tractor
    This old time Fordson tractor belongs to Stanley Falada, Route 1, Mabel, Minnesota. He brought it to the Hesper-Mabel Steam Threshing Days in 1973. Courtesy of John Hays, 1511 Iglehart, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
    John Hays

  • Stack threshing
  • 16 HP Advance engine
  • Taylor tractor
  • Fordson tractor

Minnesota 55104

The Fourteenth annual Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days Show was held September 8th and 9th, 1973.

Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days is really a gigantic community celebration that takes place when the cities of Mabel, Minnesota and Hesper, Iowa, together with their surrounding communities join together to stage this annual gala event.

Sponsors are the Mabel Business Association, the Hesper Improvement Club, the Farm Bureau, the Farmer's Union and area 4-H clubs.



Although Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th were designated as dates for the 1973 reunion, Friday afternoon featured steam engine activity.

The Midway opened with shows and rides at the Steam Engine grounds. Special reduced ride tickets were available, compliments of Mabel merchants. At 7:00 p.m.; there was the 4-H Queen Banquet at the St. Olaf Catholic church basement lounge.