Sec., 1350 South E. Street, Elwood, Indiana
The Elwood Historical Club's sixth annual 'Steam Threshing and Saw-Milling Show' turned out to be the biggest and best ever. The event this year was extended an extra day, making it a four-day event, July 22-25.
The ceremonies started at 10 A.M. Thursday, July 22 with the playing of the National Anthem. The flag was raised by the Double E Saddle Club Color Guard on Horseback. Threshing started immediately after the introductions. In all, fourteen acres of wheat would be threshed during the four-day event.
There were several large engines on display. They included: A 1924 Keck Gonnerman, 22 horse power engine owned by Harold Wilburn, Elwood, Indiana. A 1915 Case 65 horse power engine owned by Rudolph Shinholt, Jonesboro, Indiana. A 1922 Baker 23 Horse power engine owned by Basil Harvey, Greentown, Indiana. A Case 9 horse power owned by Davis Sullivan of Markleville, Indiana. A 1923 Minneapolis 25 horse power owned by Berman Warner, Anderson, Indiana. A 1914 Case 80 horse power engine owned by Josiah Zehring, Bennett Switch, Indiana. A 1907 Case 65 horse power engine owned by Donald Beckom, Oakford, Indiana. A Kitten Engine owned by Lloyd Sanders, Kokomo, Indiana. An Advance Rumley 25 horse power owned by Ellis Reavis, Kokomo, Indiana. A Port Huron 25 horse power engine owned by Vernon Line-gar, Tipton, Indiana.
Gasoline Tractors on display included: Big Hart-Parr owned by Earl Sottong, Tipton, Indiana. An Oil Pull, an Old Reliable, and a 10-20 McCormick all owned by the McCloskey Brothers, Young America, Indiana. Big Hart Parr owned by John Huddleson, Summerset, Indiana.
Gas Engines on display included: 20 Gas Engines owned by Morris Titus, Pendelton, Indiana. 2 Gas Engines owned by Beckom's of Oak-ford, Indiana.
Other displays were: Horse Drawn Hearse made in 1892. Antique farm and household equipment owned by Otto VanDoren, Windfall, Indiana. Tread Mill owned by Scott Campbell, Elwood, Indiana.
Miniature engines included: Case 1/3 Thresher 1/3 owned by Carter Dalton. Baker owned by Paul Cole, Morristown, Indiana. Miniature owned by Ralph Shelburn. Minature owned by John Bash, Greenfield, Indiana. Minature Saw Mill owned by Kem and Ralph Airey. of a 40 Case owned by W.D. Willis, Attica, Indiana. Locomobile owned by M.C. Lakes, South Bend, Indiana. Locomobile owned by C.W. McKinley. Indianapolis, Indiana.
At noon each day Robert Jackley master of ceremonies, gave the signal for the Old Tin Plate Whistle to be blown, immediately followingall engines blew their Whistles.
All of the engines were kept busy . at all times to give the spectators plenty of action. The 32 acre wooded area was filled with many other displays. The sawmill was in operation all four days.
For the younger set as well as the older, the miniature railroad owned by Davis Sullivan of Markleville, Indiana, was back again this year.
Each year the Historical Society has developed new additions, some are new and modern restrooms. The show being extended to four days, the Indiana Horsebreeders Association gave a Draft Horse Show. This was a very successful addition which will be continued every year, and a caravan lead by steam engines etc. formed at Elwood, Indiana, to escort our Lt. Gov. Rock and Mayor Stock-dale to the grounds for the Lt. Gov. to give a speech which was very interesting. A small parade of the engines was put on every day at the grounds.
Meals were served by the Leisure Christian Church and the Oakford Christian Church. The ladies served a very good selection of food, and many people took advantage o f these delicious servings.
Each night of the four-day event there was entertainment in the big tent.
During the whole four days W.B.M.P. radio station of Elwood broadcasted the ceremonies to give the people of the surrounding area, who couldn't come to join in with the events as they happened.
Downtown Elwood held Old Fashioned Bargain Days, Friday and Saturday in accordance with the threshing show. The merchants gave the citizens a chance to 'save a few bucks' on the outside display bargains.
Church services started the program off on Sunday morning with the Reverend Stephen Salsbery of Leisure conducting the service. He is also Chaplain of the Club. The church service was also broadcasted.
The highlight of Sunday and probably the entire event was the crowning of the queen. Mrs. Harold Wilburn and Mrs. Rudolph Shinholt of the ladies auxiliary of the club were responsible for this outstanding event. The queen is chosen by sales of penny votes. This year there were thirteen backed by a sponsor.
The candidates were: Roselie Farr, Elwood, Indiana; Anita Pearson, Elwood, Indiana; Cheryl Lynn Hawkins, Tipton, Indiana; Pamela Kay Williams, Elwood, Indiana; Sharron Sheedy, Elwood, Indiana: Colleen Collier, Elwood, Indiana; Vicky Longnecker, Elwood, Indiana; Roberta Gillam, Elwood, Indiana; Shirley Mclntyre, Elwood, Indiana; Nancy Sumner, Elwood, Indiana; Judy Sanders, Elwood, Indiana; Debby Pedro, Elwood, Indiana; Jacky Daugherty, Elwood, Indiana.
At 4 P.M. Anita Pearson of Elwood, Indiana, was crowned as the 1965 queen. Cheryl Lynn Hawkins of Tipton, Indiana was second and Jackie Sue Daughtery of Elwood, Indiana was third. Miss Pearson was crowned by Miss Wenda Gross the 1964 queen. Miss Joan Hinds the 1963 queen presented Miss Pearson with the long stem roses.
Displays not mentioned above were: Antique airplanes by the Antique Airplane Club of Kokomo, Indiana.
New equipment by the Case and Ford dealers.
A great deal of thanks to the Double E Saddle Club for handling the parking, taking care of the entrance, and the selling of tickets. To the Duckcreek Fire Department for being with us at all times.
As the show drew to a close, as for the most of us we are very weary, but have enjoyed every minute of it, and every minute of work put in it was worth it.
A sincere thanks to all the fine people who attended our show and helped make it possible to have such a successful show.
See all of you next year, same time same place.