5420 White Creek Road Marlette, Michigan 48453
St. Clair County Farm Museum's eleventh annual Threshing Bee and Antique Engine Show was scheduled for August 26-27, 1995.
The Lord blessed us with good weather, and there was a good turnout of exhibitors and spectators, including one from Spain and another from Italy.
Each morning, a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast was prepared and served by Pam and Dave Powers, owner of K's Diner in Avoca. After breakfast, Wayne Coon and Dennis Young opened the concession stand and sustained us with good food and refreshing drink. They all donated their time and talents to the Museum and their generosity is much appreciated.
Sye Langolf and John Knecht were up and on the job before dawn to get the Baker steam engine fired up and ready to thresh. Harry Michaels was not much later building a fire under the big kettle to make his famous black pot bean soup, which was served with homemade bread made by Lyla Kegler.
Lewis and Larry Osborn brought their variable load machine that is adjustable from no-load to all an engine can handle in the belt. Glen Schade and Art Cooney oversaw the threshing and Arlen Schade and his crew sawed logs into lumber, using the Richmond Club's saw mill.
Tom Ellis organized our first tractor pull. It attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd. Thanks Tom! This writer hears that our old 20-40 Oil Pull out-pulled them all!
Marilyn Schade, Jenea Schade, Erin Schade, and Nelda Winter took care of the registration booth and made sure that each exhibitor got a show button and plaque. The Museum was open and there was a flea market, crafts and other special exhibits.
Dane and Tammy Campbell and Duane Michaels, our president, secretary and treasurer, not only took care of the business end, but could be seen everywhere filling in and doing whatever needed to be done.
After lunch on Saturday, the Classy Ladies, an equestrian drill team, performed for us. It was a nice addition to our show.
There were about 44 tractors in the parade each day, led by the Museum's 1922 Rumely Oil Pull Tractor. Marilyn Schade did an excellent job of announcing the parade.
We were honored at Sunday's parade to have pretty 11 year-old Linda Marie Young ride on the Oil Pull. She said she had not ridden on such a thing 'in years and years.' Her grandpa, Wayne Coon, hadn't either.
Several tractor exhibitors showed their skill at plowing while others 'belted up' to the Baker fan--a first for some.
Don Hallead came from Elgin, Illinois, to help his dad, Lloyd, with the show. They were kept busy with their engine exhibit, operating the Oil Pull tractor, giving demonstrations belted to the fan, and answering the many questions asked by the spectators. Many expressed the feeling that antique engines, with their many exposed moving parts, low speeds, and distinctive sounds, are fascinating to see and hear in operation, especially the steam engine and the Oil Pull.
Many thanks to our members and to members of the Richmond Antique Engine and Threshing Association, and to all others who contributed to make our show a success.