Highland Historical Society's HOMESTEAD POWER SHOW

| September/October 1999

R. D. 13, Box 209 Brazil, Indiana 47834

The first steam show was held at Highland, Illinois, forty years ago, and today it is keeping up its proud tradition of putting on a busy and working steam show. This year's show will have a dozen full-size engines threshing, plowing, and pulling the sawmill. Two model steam engines are expected, which round out the steam side of the show.

Homestead is a working steam show as this photograph illustrates. Joe Graziana's Belleville threshing machine produced this straw pile during the show.

A large tent will be full of gas engines and displays, along with many old tractors, which also put on a plowing demonstration. A new pavilion has been erected on the grounds to house the food area and stage area for the entertainment. A craft and flea market are features, along with a pedal tractor pulling contest.

Lewis Woods of Mustang, OK, operates Norbert Hohrein's 1912 16 HP Advance on the sawmill at Homestead Power Show. This was the first time Lewis had been to the show and he enjoyed every minute of it.

Homestead Power Show keeps on getting a little bigger and a little better with each passing year. This year's show has a new engine attending, which will be the first time it has been shown in many years. Keck-Gonner-man 20 HP side mount single cylinder serial #1627 was owned by Tom Castleton of southern Illinois, and for many years was a regular at the American Thresherman's show. When the owner passed away, the engine was put up for sale and sold to a museum in Nebraska. A few years ago, Alan Derting bought the engine out of the museum and used the engine on his farm at Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The engine was advertised for sale in this year's March/April issue of IMA. Joe Kerher of New Memphis, Illinois, with the assistance of Joe Graziana, then purchased the engine.


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