Box 53, McNabb, Illinois 61335
Old time farm machinery and steam threshing was featured at the 53rd Marshall-Putnam Fair at Henry, Illinois on July 20 and 21, 1974. It took a lot of work to put it on, but everyone agreed that it was worth it.
Howard and Harold Mueller of Castleton provided the IH binder to cut the oats. Their brother, Chris, provided the know-how to make it work. We used Francis Read's old H Farmall to pull the binder. Jim Quinn of Henry, Joe Monier of Sparland and several boys helped shock the oats.
Walter McCasky of Toluca had his 16 H. P. Aultman-Taylor in top notch shape for the fair. Herb McCasky of Toluca fired the engine for Walter. Elmer Klein brought his 28 inch Nichols Shepard thresher. It ran like a new watch.
Fair goers enjoyed watching and quite a few got to pitch bundles. Some, for the first time, some, for old time sake. Gas engines were also a big hit.
It was probably the smallest show of the year. But, it was fun. Instead of a lot of machinery and few spectators, we had the basic machinery and a very appreciative crowd of non-collectors. Perhaps we will see more of these one engine shows, with luck.