| March/April 1955

  • Stanley Steamer
    Mr. Lyman Knapp of Blackwell, Oklahoma, sends us this picture and says, Beware! Rev. Mr. Ritzman at the throttle of the 1919 Stanley Steamer. Mr. F. J. Wood in the front seat and Helen Wood and Mrs. Ritzman in the rear seat. The editor says, That was the
    Mr. Lyman Knapp
  • Sterling Thresher
    Mr. Lyman Knapp of Blackwell, Oklahoma, and his 21 Sterling Thresher taken in Arkansas August, 1954 before he loaded it to bring it home.

  • Stanley Steamer
  • Sterling Thresher

President, Blackwell, Oklahoma

At 1:00 P. M., August 13, 1954. Professor V. H. Stroud stepped to the microphone and asked for everyone's attention and for all machines to come to rest. He then asked Reverend Elmer Ritzman to give the invocation. This opened the program of the 4th Annual Reunion of the Antique Engine and Threshers Association, Inc.

Every person, as he or she entered the grounds, was given a copy of the days program. The events included prony brake tests, Case Incline exhibition, threshing, teeter-totter, pyramid, tug-o-war, setting contests, parade and sawmilling. Each event was scheduled at a certain time and the event was staged at that time. Several men and committees had made careful preparations for the various events without which the program schedule would have failed.

'Big Mac' of Hoisington, Kansas and his 'Elgin Watch' Case 40 re-enacted the famous Case Incline Exhibition at 1:20 and again at 4:00 P M. Big Mac also did the pyramid stunt with this same engine. It seems a person never tires of watching this pair perform these stunts.

Yoder's 18 hp. Avery Under mounted engine powered the 32-54 Avery Yellow Fellow for the threshing events.

Lyman Kanpp's excellenty restored 6 hp. Russell did the teeter-totter event as well as the tug-o-war event. The tug-o-war was manpower pulling against the steam power of the Russell.


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