| September/October 1972

  • Shows a separator belted between stacks
    Shows a separator belted between stacks
  • 80 HP Case
    Courtesy of Helen Ward Rennie, Montezuma, Kansas 67867.
    Helen Ward Rennie

  • Shows a separator belted between stacks
  • 80 HP Case

Montezuma, Kansas 67867.

Several years ago, a young doctor from Colby, Kansas, attended the annual old Threshermen's reunion at Bird City, Kansas. He became so enthusiastic that he hurried home to insist that his dad, Sam Kirby, of Larned, Kansas, begin to assemble and finish restoration on his large collection of old farm equipment. He offered to pay for the steam engine if his dad would restore it and hold the threshing bees. Mr. Kirby held a meeting of his neighbors and together they began planning a long time program of restoration and assembling of horse-drawn and outdated machinery and automobiles.

One is an 80 HP Case. Two Show pictures taken last summer at the Sam Kirby Farm in Pawnee County, Kansas at their fourth Annual Threshing Bee.

This past year several hundred people attended the show, which is larger every time it is put on. The community binds enough wheat to build two stacks, which they have found out takes just two bales of binder twine. One stack, on the off belt side is reserved for those who wish to find out about the glamour of pitching to a separator and the old timers who wish to bring back memories. Rollie Click is the engineer of the beautifully restored eighty horse Case, and Sam Kirby's Grandson is his helper and apprentice. John Kline operates the separator. This year the older pitchers were eighty-one and ninety years respectively. The youngest, a girl of twelve. As soon as the show was over last year the Pawnee County Threshing Bee Club began elaborate preparations for the show next year when it is hoped that many of the machinery awaiting restoration will be on display. We were privileged to see some of the display destined to be used in the future, and they are remarkable: One 1906 Franklin car and a Chrysler with only three numerals in its serial number.

The Pawnee County Threshing Bee will surely be one of the larger antique shows, since they have such an enthusiastic group of backers and such a wealth of machinery. This area of Kansas is especially blessed; this newer show at Larned, Kansas, the Haviland show which grows in stature every year, the semi-private show held by the Slattery Brothers near Spearville, Kansas, and the larger Bird City Reunion held on the Roy Kite farm at Bird City, the northwest corner of Kansas. Visitors were treated to a fine display of shiny, restored horse-drawn implements this year at the Bee which was held the latter part of August.


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