Charles Kosted, Oklahoma City, balancing the 16 HP M. Rumely on the teeter-totter at Waukomis, Oklahoma Threshing Show. Courtesy of Mrs. Arthur Kosted, 3832 N. W. 18th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107.
3832 N. W. 18th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107.
The 17th annual Waukomis steam Threshing Bee and Engine show was held on July 23rd, 24th, and 25th 1971 near Waukomis, Okla. which is 8 mi. so. of Enid, Okla. on the Landwehr farm.
The large crowds representing several states enjoyed warm days and a cool breeze as they walked over the grounds viewing the exhibits or sat in the large building or the open tent and watched the parade of engines, the grain threshing, log sawing, shingle making, the slow race, incline climb, plowing, balancing on the tetter-totter and other interesting events. The times for these events were listed on a souvenir program given at the gate. Demonstrations were in progress every half hour all three days and announced on a sound system by one of the members. The Oklahoma Gentlemen Blue Grass band played at various intervals on Saturday.
On exhibit over the grounds were 25 gas engines, large and small which were well restored, freshly painted and running. In operation was a shingle mill which made cedar shingles that were sold at the show, and was pulled by various engines such as Ivan Burns' 10 H.P. Advance, Lyman Knapp's 6 h.p. Russell and John Younkman's 18 h.p. Case portable. Also a Witte drag saw cutting cedar slabs was on display by its owner, Walt Meyer of Hennesey, Okla. A Southwest hand-fed slat stacker separator owned by Fred Bailey of Yukon, Okla. was pulled by a 1915 18 h. p. Case portable steam engine owned by John Younkman, North Newton, Kans. Threshing was done at 10 a. m. and 2 p. m. with a 40' Case separator pulled by a 28 h. p. Minneapolis engine and a 50 h. p. Case engine, also a 20 h. p. Huber and a 16 h. p. M. Rumely. The Baker fan was used by several engines and another attraction was a plowing demonstration by a 28 h. p. Minneapolis engine and a 50 h. p. Case engine pulling an 8 bottom John Deere plow.
Each afternoon the grand parade was held and announced by John Younkman. The parade was led by the scale model engines beginning with scale model of a 1915 Case built by J. D. Story, Bethany, Okla. and son Joe Story, Bethany, Okla.
3' scale model of a 65 h. p. Case owned by Marvin Padgett, Claremore, Okla. and an Advance scale model by Larry Hedrick, Arkansas City, Kans. and a scale model of an Undermounted Avery by Paul Kunufsky of Florence, Kans.
This was followed by the scale models which were a model of a 1905 Star Undermounted by Floyd Masson of Kismet, Kans. and a scale Case owned by Russell Hofman of Hinton, Okla.
Then came the large engines. A 10 h. p. M. Rumely owned by Pete Rose and son, Gerald of Garber, Okla. and operated by grandson Merle Rogers of Enid, Okla. An 80 h. p. Case owned by Kenneth Fiegel, Loyal, Okla. and Henry Martens, Fairview, Okla. A 20 h. p. Huber, return flue owned by Henry Martens and sons of Fairview, Okla. A 10 h. p. Advance pulling a 1908 12 h. p. Farquhar Portable owned by Ivan Burns, Edmond, Okla. A 6 h. p. Russell owned by Lyman Knapp of Black-well, Okla. A 16 h. p. M. Rumely owned by Art Kosted of Oklahoma City. A 28 h. p. Minneapolis owned by H. G. Bomhoff of Calumet, Okla. and Art Kosted, Okla. City. A 50 h. p. Case owned by Art Kosted, Okla. City and H. B. Bomhoff, Calumet, Okla.
The gas tractors were a 1915 10-20 International Mogul owned by Harold Ottaway of Wichita, Kans. A1921 16-30 Rumely Oil Pull owned by Pete and Gerald Rose, Garber, Okla. A 1917 12-25 Avery gas tractor owned by Henry Martens, Fairview, Okla. A 1926 Fordson gas tractor owned by H. G. Bomhoff Calumet, Okla. A model D. John Deere gas tractor owned by Walt Meyer, Hennesey, Okla.
Separators were a 40 x 62 Case separator, a 32 x 54 Case separator, a 28 x 50 Case separator, a 22' Case separator and a Birdsell Clover huller. Then came a team of mules and bundle wagon owned by Bob Roads, Waukomis, Okla., a 1915 White truck owned by Henry Martens, Fairview, Okla. and a water wagon and Ford tractor owned by David Landwehr, Waukomis, Okla.
The building which houses most of the equipment during the winter is used to serve food and drinks during the show and to hold the antique exhibits of interest to the ladies.
The Waukomis steam threshers association consists of 22 members and is dedicated to restoring, preserving and exhibiting antique agricultural equipment. Some of the members are three generations with fathers, sons and grandsons all helping to produce a good show.
There are 13 of the young men and boys who are sons and grandsons of the members who help restore the engines as a hobby and also have learned to operate steam engines and do all types of work during the show each year.
Meetings are held all year with some of these including the whole families for parties and picnics as the organization plans and looks forward to a bigger and better show each July.