| January/February 1959

DeKalb, Illinois

An estimated 8,000 spectators visited the George Hedtke farm near Davis Junction Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see the demonstration of threshing by the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club.

The peak crowd came Sunday when old time threshing weather, hot with a brilliant sun, made even the spectators feel like they were participating in the midsummer work. It was estimated that over 5,000 attended the demonstration on Sunday alone

The program, the second annual event for the club was staged with 3 engines providing power for three separators. Owners and operators of the three engines were Newton Gould, of Elburn, with his Illinois, the last one made by the Illinois Thresher Works of Sycamore; George Hedtke of Davis Junction with a Case; and Ed Smith of Cortland, with a Minneapolis engine. The separators were an Avery Yellow Fellow and two made by Case.

Seventy acres of oats had been cut and shocked in preparation for the event and although it required some late operations, up until 8 p.m., last night, the last of the bundles had been fed through the machines when the demonstration was completed.

The Hedtke farm provided excellent accommodations for the huge crowd, plenty of parking space being available, and a spacious grove providing


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