In Honor of Elmo Mahoney

| July/August 1955

  • Tractor at the Mahoney Threshing
    Elmo Mahoney's 40x65 late style Avery Tractor at the Mahoney Threshing Bee, August 7th, 1954. Courtesy of R. D. Yoder, Yoder, Kansas
    R. D. Yoder
  • Mr. Elmo J. Mahoney
    Mr. Elmo J. Mahoney.
  • The throttle of his big Under mounted
    Elmo L. Mahoney at the throttle of his big Under mounted Avery moving to the other end of the 80 acre field at his Threshing Bee, 1954. Courtesy of R. D. Yoder, Yoder, Kansas
    R. D. Yoder

  • Tractor at the Mahoney Threshing
  • Mr. Elmo J. Mahoney
  • The throttle of his big Under mounted

P. O. Box 323, Hutchinson, Kansas

On the morning of August 27th, 1954 Mr. Elmo Mahoney phoned us from Dorrance, Kansas, (over in Russell County, which is nearly 100 miles from us) that he is going to have his Big Avery 30 hp. under mounted steam engine belted to the big 42x72 Avery Yellow Fellow Separator (the last one built by the old Avery Company) to thresh out 80 acres of heavy oats the next two days and we were hereby invited to be present.

Mr. V. H. Stroud of 319 E. 16th, Hutchinson, Kansas, and the writer, took out at 6 A. M., on the morning of August 27th and got to Mahoney's field, laying along the north side of U. S. Highway 403 miles west of Dorrance. We arrived just in time to help make setting and were given jobs taking care of the engine. Mr. Stroud was Engineer, myself water monkey-fireman and photographer. We had lots of company all day being next to U. S. highway 40, quite a number of tourists stopped in. The one from the far the rest point away I talked to, was a Mechanic and his wife from Las Vegas. He said this was the top of the list of highlights on their trip back from Detroit, Mich.

Since Mr. Mahoney has several good friends in the Navy based three miles from the writers home, these friends being Captains came over to our threshing site in one of the Navy's big 4-motor Privateers and gave us some real good salutes. Mr. Mahoney is one of Kansas's best wheat farmers being awarded the title 'Kansas Wheat King' for several year she farms some 900 acres. He is a very understanding man, hence very popular as an honest-to-goodness congressional candidate from our State's 6th District, which contains 17 counties out of the 105 counties which make up our state. He is also a flying farmer with his Cessna 140 plane.

Let it be known Mr. Mahoney led all the way until the next day. His opponent won by a very few votes.

Mr. Mahoney's family background shows the Mahoneys were pioneer Kansans. The senior Mahoneys were Charter customers of the Avery Company of Peoria, Illinois, way back in the Good Old Days. They continued big users of Avery machinery the entire life of the Avery Company.

Ray Cunningham
7/11/2018 6:34:48 PM

Back in 1965, I was a young kid of 23 years old, running a lumberyard in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Here, is where I first met Elmo Mahoney. He had just driven in from Russell County, Kansas, and he said that he was going to build the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was driving a light blue Ford pickup. He came into the store and said he needed to pick up a few things and open an account. I remember him best with his crushing hand shake and his big size plus loud voice....he certainly didn't need a microphone for one to hear him. As time went along I got to know and enjoy Elmo but at that time I didn't have a clue of what this man was about to do or what he had already accomplished. I have never forgotten him. Now, with the search of the internet, I have learned far more than I ever knew. Thanks for posting this article. I watched the NAHF come out of the ground but left the area and have not been back to Bonner Springs. GREAT MAN.


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