Report On Term-Kentucky Threshermen's Fourth Annual Show

| November/December 1973

  • Frick engine
    Frick engine owned by Newt Howell of Shelbyville, Tennessee.
  • J.I. Case
    A J.I. Case owned by Wallace Freeman of Cadiz, Kentucky. [Pictures by Bill Hill]. Courtesy of Billy Byrd, 369 S. Harrig Street, Madinsonville, Kentucky 42431.
    Billy Byrd
  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
    Shot is of a rear-mounted Keck-Gonnerman engine owned by Frank Chilbers, rural Route, Clarksville, Tennessee.

  • Frick engine
  • J.I. Case
  • Keck-Gonnerman engine

369 S Harrig St., Madisonville, Kentucky 42431

On July 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 1973, the Tenn-Ky Threshermen's Assn, held its 4th Steam Traction Engine Gas Engine and Wheat Threshing Show. On Thursday July 20th, visitors from several states came in with their campers prepared to stay all three days. On Friday the show got in progress with engines on the Baker Fan, sawmill and threshing wheat. There were many old gas and kerosene tractors that took turns with the engines pulling the different equipment. One of the highlights of the show was the Wildhaired Hilltoppers from Golden Pond, Ky., who with their moonshine still, put on performances several times a day. 'The Moonshiners VS The Revenoors.'

We believe we have a record in having the oldest man in the United States to operate a steam engine. Dan Kenner, 104 yrs old of Elkton, Ky. operated an engine for a little while. Over the years he has worn out 7 engines and separators. He says 'Once you ever had it, the know-how never leaves you.'

The big 150 H.P. Corliss engine was operating and was one of the main attractions. It was built in 1892 and made all the electricity for Clarksville, Tenn. from 1892 to 1920 and was on standby from 1920 to 1930 when it was sold to the Farris Lumber Co. in Nashville, Tenn. where it pulled a line shaft until 3 years ago. The Assn. owes a debt of gratitude and thanks to Director Earnest Williams who set the engine up and got it going.

There were a lot of old horsedrawn agricultural tools, a lighting exhibit which showed the progress of lights through the years, a churn exhibit, wood working shop, quilting Bee, broom making machine, horsedrawn hearse, sorghum mill, grist mill, model hay baler, calliope, hot air engine, blacksmith shop and numerous old hand tools, household appliances and the old time country kitchen.

There were 3 mule teams and wagons which hauled the wheat to the separators of which there were 3, a Keck-Gonnerman, Case and McCormick-Deering. There were numerous Antique gas engines all of them working. Of the old tractors, among the makes were Farmall, Fordson, International, Allis-Chalmers and Moline. There were model steam stationary engines and of the model steam traction engines, there was a Garr-Scott, 2 J. I. Case's and a Nichols & Shepard. Of the big engines there was a 16 H. P. Peerless, a 19 H.P. rear mounted Keck-Gonnerman, a 19 H.P. side-mounted Keck-Gonnerman, a 50 H.P. Case and a 16-60 rear-mounted Nichols & Shepard. There were some beautiful antique automobiles which added much to the show.


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