1973 Show Report of Antique Acres, Cedar Falls, Iowa

| March/April 1974

  • Threshing scene
    This photo is a threshing scene at Antique Acres. Randy Schwerin's 60 HP Case Steamer and A. J. Fischels and Son's Wood Bros. Hummingbird Thresher.
  • Minneapolis Farm Motor
    This shot shows a newly restored 35-70 Minneapolis Farm Motor owned by John Sundermeyer, restored by Harold Pries. Painted in the original colors.
  • Cross compound steamer
    This photo is a real horsepower at work! 40-140 cross compound steamer on the left. The only one left to be known in existence and to be operative. And a 110 HP Case on the right. [All three pictures from the Antique Acres, Cedar Falls, Iowa Show]. Courte
    Andrew J. Fischels
  • Engine
    Looks like a nice engine, but not much description - caption was ''Built by Henning and Wall, July 1972. Owned by Bill Henning.'' Courtesy of William Henning, Lamberton, Minnesota 56152
    William Henning

  • Threshing scene
  • Minneapolis Farm Motor
  • Cross compound steamer
  • Engine

Resident of Antique Acres

About a week after the show, I found myself sitting on the steps of the deserted bandstand. Looking out at the few idle pieces of machinery still left on the parade grounds, the stillness was almost suffocating. I pushed away the thoughts of the long cold winter months yet ahead and allowed only the memories of the past summer to slowly creep in.

Had it really been five months since that 'freak' snowstorm of April 9th? With the completion of sowing the oats, April 7th, the Acres assumed that spring was officially here. But it's a well known fact that 'changing her mind' is a woman's prerogative and perhaps that is why it's called Mother Nature. Even more surprising than the snow, was the phone call that morning from the Acres' President, Andrew J. Fischels of Waterloo, Iowa, not inquiring, as usual, to the depth of the snow on the snow fence, but informing us that this time he had a ringside seat from his 'summer' home at the Acres. Assuring us that he wouldn't have missed this for the world, we sat back to listen while he relived other similar blizzards in his life-time, (with perhaps the exception of the snowmobiles whizzing by our front door). By the third day, the highway was cleared; and beginning to run low supplies, we hastily shoveled the 100 feet to freedom. And from the cheers when our feet finally touched the asphalt, you would have thought we'd journeyed clean across Alaska. So began the spring of '73.

With the election of officers the first part of the year, by spring there's a whole boiler full of ideas ready to burst forth and be heard. 1973 officers were Andrew J. Fischels of Waterloo, Iowa, President, Cliff Johnston of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Vice-President, and Harold Pries of Bremer, Iowa, Sec-Treas. They certainly know their business and with the back-up of a good Board of Directors, ideas were turned into accomplishments.

The members proudly display their new building they erected this summer. It's 32' by 58' measurements, plus cement flooring, makes an excellent building for exhibitors during the show and storage during the winter months. Mr. Harold Pries drew up the plans and supervised the constructing, which was done by various stockholders of the corporation. Mr. Don Gibbons of Waterloo, Iowa did an excellent job with the wiring. Bulk heads of our quansit buildings were used for the sides and the red elm cross rafters were sawed and plained here at the Acres, greatly cutting down expense. New sheet metal and ready-made rafters were purchased for the roof. A duplicate building is on the 'Improvement Ideas List' for '74.

Due to the multitude of electrical outlets necessary during the show, it was voted to up-grade the electrical system from 200 amps to 500 amps. New outlets were installed to accommodate more campers, with 100 amp lines going to each camper outlet. And with the campers almost doubled this year, it was greatly needed. Mr. John Ruth of Waverly, Iowa, built up the outlets and also installed part of the service. The balance of the work was completed by a contractor. The new electrical system also aided in the output from the Acres' Office-Sound Room and it was greatly essential, as it took on the effect of a radio station this summer. Additional music producing equipment was supplied by Mr. John Ruth; and controls to switch instantly from microphone to any other piece of equipment was installed. Mr. John Ruth, Mr. Bob Fischels of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Mr. Clair Bohan, electrician for H & H Machine Tool Co. of Cedar Falls, Iowa, installed the equipment and arranged the ground speakers for a more effective system. The Sound Room took a full-time PA operator to function properly, but after taping the plug sheet, inserting a musical tape cassette, and putting a record on the spindle for future use, it wasn't so much the energy put forth, but the knowledge of just which button to push. Well, perhaps it involved a little more than that. Mastering the controls the first two days of the show was Mr. James Van Nice, receiving his electronics training in the U.S. Navy, now stationed in Italy. He's one of our distant members and was present this year with his new bride. Mr. Bohan took over the last two days. They did a superb job in one of the more intricate aspects of producing a good show.


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