| January/February 1970

Artesian, S. D. 57314

The seventh annual Steam Threshing jamboree was held August 22,23, and 24 at Prairie Village two miles west of Madison near Lake Herman in South Dakota.

There were seven steam traction engines: Nichols and Shephard 16-60, Russell 30-90, Advance 20-60, Aultman and Taylor 20-60, Case 40-60, and a Reeves 32-120.

The Gas Engines surpassed the steamers ten to one. The big gas tractors were Minneapolis 35-70, Aultman Taylor 30-60, Large Big 4, also a small Big 4, Twin City 20-40, and one Rock Island Tractor. There were a great number of Tractors from two bottom to four bottom plow size.

Our newest and different steam engine is a German Steam Locomotive. It was used in the German shipyards and is a 1927 vintage; a real jewel. This locomotive is used to give rides, pulling two open type passenger cars. We have a small right of way now, but are planning on enlarging it. This quaint little engine weighs nine ton and is narrow gauge.

All three days the steam and gas tractors threshed grain using seven threshers. Case, Aultman Taylor, Advance, and John Deere makes of threshers were used.


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