The Buckeye Steam Threshers held a Threshing Party on the Elmer Egbert farm 4 miles northwest of Anna, Ohio, on September 19, 1959, with good attendance from Ohio and surrounding states.
The forenoon was spent buzzing wood and sawing logs with large steam engines.
The logs were pulled in the mill by an ox-team owned by Roy Craig of Portland, Indiana. The afternoon was spent threshing, baling, sawing and plowing.
The oldest type of thresher used was a chaff piler built in about 1850. The next oldest thresher used was a hand feed Webb stacker, built in the early 1900's.
A picnic lunch was held at noon. Everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next one.
The Sixth Annual Old Steam Threshing Bee was held on the Harry Landwehr Farm 3 miles west of Waukomis, Oklahoma, on the 3rd day of August 1959. It was by far the largest attendance yet. There were people from as far away as 800 miles.
Threshing was done with a 1917 65 hp Case and a 1913 44' Port Huron Separator. The water wagon with a team of horses hauled the water and bundle racks were also used in hauling in the grain by teams. Meals for the crew were cooked in an old fashioned cook shack.
The whole affair was done like it was back in 'the good old days gone by'. Harry Landwehr is planning a bigger and better threshing bee for this year.