| March/April 1969

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.