1407 S. Courtland Ave. Kokomo, Indiana
The Elwood Historical Club held its fifth annual 'Steam Threshing and Saw Milling show' on July 24, 25, 26; 1964. The show took place on the Robert Meyer' farm, 5 miles north of Elwood, Indiana. The three-day event was the most successful yet. An estimated 10,000 attended the week-end doings.
The show opened Friday morning July 24 at 10 A. M. with Richard Baker of Windfall, Indiana singing the national anthem, while the American flag was raised. A prayer was given to start the ceremonies off.
At 10 A. M. the threshing and sawing began. There were several large steam engines on display. They include :
A 1924 Keck Gonnerman, 22 horse power engine owned by Harold Wil-burn, Elwood, Indiana. T 1915 Case 65 horse power engine owned by Rudolph Shinholt, Jones-boro, Indiana.
A 1922 Baker 23 horse power engine owned by Basil Harvey, Greentown, Indiana.
A Case 9 horse power owned by Dave Sullivan, Markleville, Indiana. A 1923 Minneapolis 25 horse power owned by Berman Warner, Anderson, Indiana.
A portable 6 horse power engine owned by Roland Maxwell. A 1914 Case 80 horse power engine owned by Joe 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 horsepower owned by Ellis Reeves, Kokomo, Indiana.
At noon each day Robert Jackley, master of ceremonies, gave the signal for the Old Tinplate Whistle to be blown, immediately following all 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 three days nearly all the time.
For the younger set as well as the older. A miniature railroad, owned by David Sullivan of Markleville, Indiana, is an authentic reproduction of the large steam locomotives. It has four coaches with a capacity of 32 persons. The track was set up to cover 1260 feet of the grounds.
Each year the Historical Society has developed new additions. Some are a display building, restrooms, running water, drinking fountains, and a public address system to give visitors descriptions of the activities continually going on.
Meals were served by the Christian Church of Leisure, Indiana and the Christian Church of Oakford, Indiana. The ladies served a very good selection of food, and many people took advantage of the delicious servings.
One of the most interesting displays was a 1892 horse drawn Hearse.
Several people stayed Friday night to listen to the music played by the Polka Dot Band and songs sung by the Dale Trio.
The Threshing began on Saturday morning at 10 A. M. The threshing and sawmill demonstrations started the day off and continued the entire day.
Robert Colson, Elwood, Indiana, had teams of matched ponies which he displayed. The horses hitched to a small wagon which he built himself. It was a beautiful site, and it was shown great appreciation by all.
At 2 P. M. there was an added attraction Harry Martin and his Old Fashioned Aires Q u a r te t from W.F.B.M. T.V. Indianapolis, Indiana, entertained everyone with their fine singing.
During the day, 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 while 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.
Saturday evening ended with square dancing.
Church services started the program off on Sunday morning. The Reverend Chester Mitchell of Tipton conducted services starting at 9 A.M. The Mooreman family of West Liberty, Indiana furnished the music.
Again at 10 A.M. the threshing and sawing began the days activities. There were many miniature steam engines on display on the grounds.
The highlight of the day and probably of the entire event was the crowning of the queen. The queen is chosen by sales of penny a vote. This year there was seven queen candidates. Each candidate is backed by a sponsor.
The candidates were:
Wenda Mae Gross of Kokomo, Indiana.
Cathie Hancock of Elwood, Indiana Rose Marie Drake of Elwood, Indiana Kathryn Louise Hannah of Elwood, Indiana.
Linda Everling of Elwood, Indiana. Donita Sue Shephard of Elwood, Indiana.
At 4 P. M. Wenda Mae Gross of Komoko was crowned as the 1964 queen. Rose Marie Drake was second and Cathie Hancock was third. Miss Gross was crowned by Miss Joan Hinds, of Leisure, Indiana, the 1963 queen.
Several displays not mentioned were:
Antique cars by the Model A Club of Anderson, Indiana.
Otto Van Doren display of antique house and farm tools.
Antique Airplanes by the Antique Airplane Club of Kokomo, Indiana.
4 Teams of Belgium Horses from Indiana Horse Breeders association.
New equipment by the Case and Ford Dealers.
A great deal of thanks to the Double E Saddle Club for handling the parking, also to the Civil Defense of Kokomo, Indiana, for taking care of the entrance and the selling of tickets. Both did marvelous jobs.
New additions are being made; modern restrooms, stone drives and a parade every day of the fore coming event.
As the show draws to a close, as for the most of us we are very weary, but every minute 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.