Michigan Steam Engines & Threshers Show


| May/June 1987



Advance Rumely

703 Curtis St. Mason, Michigan 48854

To all the good people that attended our show, and to those that could not but wanted to, we as a club wish to extend to all the readers and friends and relatives an invitation to our show for 1987.

As for our 1986 show, it was a huge success. I think the reason for this was that we have very good participation from our members. We have a good line of steam engines, tractors and gas engines. Also we have many other things that are related to steam shows.

Our show started on Friday morning at about ten o'clock. Things usually go at moderate pace on Friday so as not to over tax anybody.

This is a picture of a rice threshing north of Corning, Arkansas, on December 14, 1985. The steam engine is a 20 HP 1919 Advance Rumely #14923, belong to Louis Ahrent, Route 1, Box 228, Corning, Arkansas 72422. The thresher is a 28-inch Case belonging to Eugene Bauschlicher. That morning when they started firing up the engine, it was 12 degrees and, as you can see, there was snow on the ground. The picture was taken by Kenneth Pettit, Corning. The two threshed wheat and oats this summer and rice in the fall using the steam engine. They also use the engine to run a sawmill owned by Louis' brother, Martin. The engine was bought from Virgil Boatman, Bridgeport, Illinois, about three years ago.

We have a shingle mill that is brought in by Bev Meyers from Henderson, Michigan. He also brings his 10 HP Advance engine along and uses it to saw shingles. This is sure a nice outfit and it and the sawmill are usually the first things that take place on Friday forenoon. Our sawmill is run by Ken Lewis from Jackson, Michigan. Ken is an excellent sawyer and also a great help at our show because he is one of those few that are capable of doing most anything that needs doing. He usually looks around to see who has steam up first and that is the engine that he wants on the mill. When he gets an engine on the mill he is an artist with the saw lever. Regardless what size engine or how much power it has, he just feeds the log into the saw accordingly. He always gets the most he can out of the engine without lugging it down. By doing so he keeps the saw running the proper speed and he can cut lumber that any builder can use. As Saturday goes along Ken begins to bring out his showmanship. Sometime during the day he will have his son Dale put his little 12 HP Advance and Bev Meyer's 10 HP Advance on the mill at the same time. This really is a sight to see and the two engines work very well together. Also, as if this isn't enough, he usually has Coe Emens and George Helbig put on two John Deere tractors. Things like this sure do make for a good show and everybody enjoys it immensely.