Sec, Route 2, Federalsburg Maryland 21632
August 10th and 11th, 1968 was of no exceptional importance to anyone except the Eastern Shore Thresher-men and their associates, who had awaited this date for so long the date of their 8th annual wheat threshing and steam show.
Since I'm secretary of the Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Assoc, Inc.; and my viewpoint of this show may be one-sided, I would like to break away from the customary procedures of writing a show report and write from the spectators point of view.
From left to right: 1896 8 HP Nichols & Shepard owned by Pete Lovelace, Wye Mills, Md.; 8 x 10 Frick owned by Jim Layton, Federalsburg, Md.; 7 x 10 double cylinder Frick owned by Lloyd Pahlman, Easton, Md.; 8 x 10 Frick owned by Jim Layton; Rumely Oil Pull, Model B, 25-45, owned by Pete Lovelace; 8 x 10, serial number 30519, the last Frick traction built, owned by Jim Layton; 50 hp Case owned by Howard Davis of Glen Burnie, Md.; and a 9 x 10 Frick owned by Howard Engle of Preston, Md.
I arrived at the showgrounds of the Eastern Shore Threshermen in time for the official opening of their show. After our National Anthem and flag raising, Mr. Ross Rhodes, Vice-President, offered a prayer followed by the welcoming speech of Jim Layton, President and host threshermen. The microphone was then turned over to Mr. Charles Hope, Jr. of Arlington who did a bang up job for the two-day show as master of ceremonies.
As I began my tour of the grounds, I first saw the steam-powered sawmill operated by the Engle Brothers. Following this came the shingle mill with Mr. Ben Trice, and then the Colonial Blacksmith Shop with Mr. Sam Osborne.
At this time I saw the crowd moving towards the outfield; so I joined them to see what the excitement was all about. There I saw an old-fashion wheat threshing powered by a Frick traction engine.
On the way back up the grounds, I encountered an engine on the dynamometer, a device used to test the power of an engine. There was also an engine on the Baker Fan, and many more engines and tractors running about for the spectators.
To the left, old-time grain separators and a baler were on display, followed by the antique cars.
I then went under the main building where many live-steam models were in operation. Antique household articles and tools were also on display.
I stopped for a moment to sign the register book before heading for headquarters where I renewed my membership.
At 12:00 the noon whistles sounded which designated a shut down for lunch hour. Down from headquarters I had a choice of many fine foods including Delmarvelous fried chicken, which Mr. Paul Singer, chief chef and bottle washer, was busy preparing.
After lunch I came back through the main building where I noticed the ladies' homemade articles on sale and the trading post.
Out in the gas engine lot was the huge trailer of Mr. A. B. Rosser's that consisted of over 100 gas and steam engines. Also on display were hundreds of gas engines and other exhibits. Further back were the gas tractors which were fired up occasionally and run about for the crowd.
Moving on across the grounds I noticed the team of oxen drinking water, while the large windmill towered above them. Further around were campers and trailers that overnight visitors brought along in order not to miss a moment of this show. Then I saw the hydraulic rams in operation.
After this I walked back to the main building where I noticed the broom makers hard at work.
By this time it was 4:00 and the Grand Parade was forming. Leading the parade was Jim Layton, President, on his 8 x 10 Frick engine, Serial number 30519, the last Frick traction built. Next came many large steam engines each stopping in front of the speaker for their description. One of the most unusual sights of the parade was 'Oil Pull' Pete Lovelace's 25-45 Oil Pull tractor, Model B, only one more of this type known in existence.
Saturday evening visitors were treated to something that no other steam show has ever had a mock raccoon auction with Ross Rhodes as auctioneer. (Off the record now the coon was a steal at $5900.)
Breakfast was served at 7:00 Sunday morning followed by fire-up. A sermon was delivered at 11:00 by Ross Rhodes followed by a prayer by Rev. Ritzman of Enola, Pennsylvania.
After the official opening of the show, much of the same old-fashion fun prevailed over the second day. Many exhibits, demonstrations, good weather, fine food, and the general public made both days a big success.
This organization has members from six states, and had visitors from at least twelve. The crowd for both days was estimated over 12,000.
Of course the saddest part of any steam show comes during the evening hours of the last day when the packing and cleaning up begins, especially when your friends from other shows are saying good-bye for another year.
The only thing good about the ending of a show is the memories and the lasting friendships you have made. Of course, there's always the thoughts of next year when on August 8, 9, and 10 the Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Assoc, Inc. will once again turn the clock back and relive the past.
Our Association held its 1968 show on July 26, 27 and 28th at the Berryville Horse Show Grounds. Attendance was the best ever. It was estimated that at least 5000 people attended over the three days.
A dozen steam traction engines were shown this year. The gasoline engine display was the biggest ever and one of the best seen at any show in 1968. Also, there were numerous hand built scale models, antique cars, gas tractors, etc.
The steam calliope built and owned by the Getz brothers of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was a popular feature. This was a surprise appearance on Sunday afternoon. Everyone enjoyed it very much and so it will be at our show for two days this next summer.
Sam Osborne's blacksmith shop attracted large crowds again. He also brought along his 1893 'Single T' Peerless 16 HP traction engine for display.
The flea market was a new addition this year. All the vendors were well pleased with the show and did a good business.
The ladies' stand sold sunbonnets, dish towels and assorted 'white elephants' and novelties. Mrs. James Baker of Hagerstown did much of the work involved here.
The Clarke County Puritan Club handled the concession stands. Food was very good. The chicken barbecue dinners served both Saturday and Sunday were delicious.
The late Frank McGuffin served as announcer for the various events and parades. Little did we realize that he was attending his last steam engine show before his illness and death this past summer.
Vice President Maddox's trailer served as the headquarters. Mrs. Elmer Schaeffer was busy under the awning selling Iron-Men Album subscriptions and all her novelties and books.
Young engineers are on their way! Jimmy Brandt was busy firing his grand father's engine and taking it around the grounds. Mr. A. F. Brandt's return flue Huber draws much attention at all the shows. Jeff Giles can reach the throttle of his dad's (Paul Giles) Frick now. Tim-my and Wayne Godlove are getting on to handling the Stickney engine - their dad takes care of this engine every year. It was owned by the late Fred Stickney who started our show in a field near his home about ten years ago. Sawmilling was done on the Frick sawmill purchased by the club last year. The club also bought a Frick stationary boiler for use with the models.
Church services were held for the first time this year with a Berryville minister bringing the message.
New steam tables were built last winter by Dallas Williams of Front Royal. The model enthusiasts were glad to have these set up to show their displays.
Ted Gowl of Baltimore was present with his miniature sawmill again. The Lancaster Bros, of Mt. Savage, Maryland brought their size traction engine, which they built.
On Saturday night, a square dance was held with a local band performing.
A rock crusher owned by our treasurer, Robert Reed, crushed limestone rocks which were readily found in nearby fields.
Many more important exhibits were on hand. These were just a few of the highlights.
The Club had their best show ever, financially and in terms of exhibits and engines shown.
On November 1, members and friends gathered at the Stephenson Methodist Church for their fall dinner meeting and election of officers. About 80 persons were present. Many of our friends from Pennsylvania and Maryland were down.
Paul Giles was presented with a plaque in appreciation for his service as President in 1967 and 1968.
A film on the life of Henry Ford was shown. All the 'old-timers' enjoyed this one.
New officers elected for 1969 were: President, Ralph Maddox of Delaplane, Virginia; Vice-president, Wayne Godlove of Winchester; Secretary, Mrs. Paul Giles of Berryville; Treasurer, Robert Reed of Winchester. Directors are: William Clark, Ralph Lewin, Charles F. Jenkins, Dennis Williams, William Clem, Paul Giles, William Hall, Elmer Schaeffer and Oscar Chapman.
The 1969 show will be held on July 25, 26 and 27th at Berryville. Plans are underway for an even bigger and better show. Come and see. Bring your exhibits. Come and help make 1969 our best year yet. We need you and your support.