Rock Valley, Iowa, 51267
Reprinted from The Moody County Enterprise, Flandreau, South Dakota
An estimated crowd of 4800 thronged to the stacked field of oats on the southwest edge of Flandreau last weekend. Oldsters reminisced and the younger set seemed enchanted on seeing how things were done in 'the old days.'
Saturday's admissions to the grounds were estimated at 800 persons and 92 degree temperatures Sunday greeted an additional 4000 spectators.
Largest steamers at the show included a 1916 Altman-Taylor owned by Obed Shellum of Garretson, a 1919 Nichols-Sheppard owned by Jack Kadnager of Sioux Falls and Adolph and Cap Rude's 1915 Case engine. The engines powered several different models and vintages of separators at the two-day show.
Garrit Havlaar of Hudson had his half-scale model of a 1931 Avery separator in action powered by a 3 horsepower model engine owned by C. A. Dubbe of Sioux Falls, and Le-Roy Fett of Harrisburg demonstrated his miniature engine to the delight of oldsters and small fry alike.
Of great interest to the onlookers was a 1901 Bell City handfed conveyor stacker powered by a 1909 gasoline Titan-McCormick engine, owned and operated by D. Hadeger of Madison.
Among the other pieces of machinery on display was a Fordson tractor and a homemade garden tractor belonging to Fred Kappelman of Flandreau, an 1863 reaper belonging to Earl Larson and a stone grinding mill approximately 100 years old owned by John Meyer.
Gasoline old timers included Ray Facial's 1923 Do-All tractor and a 1916 McCormick owned by the Schmidt brothers of Flandreau and Egan.
A model corn picker which was built for patent application by a Mr. Gubbrud, a cousin of Governor Gubbrud, in 1910, was on display as was the second largest steam whistle collection in the United States owned by Art Robinson of Sioux Falls.
Antique cars, among them a 1928 Pontiac and a 1909 Velie owned by Frank Cherney of Flandreau, were on the grounds as was a 1919 Cadillac V-8 and a 1917 Franklin in addition to the traditional Ford 'A' and 'T' models.
Those most responsible for the undertaking of the threshing bee and antique show, Al storer and Adolph Rude, were joined in fulfilling their ambitions by many exhibitors, firms and organizations who contributed time, money and material to make the show the great success it was.
Another bee is tentatively planned for next year and proceeds from this year's show will be placed on time deposit for a start next year say the planners.