REUNION REPORTS

Prairie Village Threshing Show


| January/February 1971



Reeves engine

Miss Karen Lambert, Alternate, Shorthorn Lassie of South Dakota, Don Klinkner, one time youngest steam engineer, and Miss Renee Ralphson, Miss Prairie Village pose behind a big Reeves at Prairie Village. Courtesy of George Klinkner, R. R. 2, Artesion, Sou

George Klinkner

Artesian, South Dakota 57314

The eighth annual Steam Threshing Jamboree was held August 28, 29, 30 at Prairie Village two miles west of Madison near Lake Herman in South Dakota.

Friday the first day of our show was pretty much rained out except for lumber sawing and the parade. The rain and cool weather held the crowd down in number.

Saturday noon the grain was dry enough to thresh and plowing with steam traction engines was done along with lumber sawing and pulling the Baker fan. The fan is used only to make the engines work. We haven't really pulled the fan for two years now. 450 R.P.M. is the top speed. Our fan is one foot larger than most fans.

Threshers in use were John Buschena 1884 Case agitator, Case 32, 54, Ault-man Taylor 36-58 (wood). John Deere 28, Advance and Keck Gonnerman 32-54.

Steamers in operation were 60 Under-mounted Avery 25-80 reversed, rear-mounted, side crank Nichols and Sheppard, 16-60, double simple rear mounted Nichols and Sheppard. 9 horse, center crank Elcipes, nine horse side crank rear mounted Nichols and Sheppard, 20-60, Advance, 60 horse Aultman Taylor side crank side mount, 30 horse Kitten 20-60 Case, and 32 Cross Compound Reeves. The Avery, Case, and Reeves did the plowing. We have an eight bottom John Deere and a 6 bottom automatic lift Case plow.