| March/April 1953

From The Inter County Leader and The Frederic Star, Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin, of October 15, 1952

Between 300 and 400 people attendedĀ  the third annual steam engine day at Gilmar Johnson's, West Sweden, Frederic, Wisconsin, on Saturday afternoon. The weatherman cooperated with the many camera fans, movies being the favorite. It was pleasant for everyone, many seeing for the first time and many reminiscing, comparing the thrills of steam power with gasoline and electric power, but all agreeing the steam engine has a fascination all its own.

Four large steamers were in operation. Three are owned by Johnson and a fourth, purchased that day by Clinton Jackson of Mondovi, was the Huber formerly owned by Harry Fall strain, then used at the Atlas vinery, then owned by Bill Hunter of Coomer. One upright engine was brought up by Einar Tosten son of Minneapolis for the day. Three stacks of grain were threshed, some in the hand feed thresher with straw elevator owned by Johnson, and some with a modern model. Corn was shredded, a sub-soil tiller operated, wood sawed, and there was a lot of general whistle-tooting- and signaling.

A tiny model, requiring six years to build, including imported parts, owned by John Erickson of Minneapolis, was an outstanding attraction; many youngsters having their pictures taken while admiring it. It was a great day for the children, as well as the grown ups, many mothers and dads bringing the little folks 'to see what they otherwise would only read in books.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson served 16 workers and guests at dinner, and the West Sweden Homemakers were busy from noon on serving coffee and lunch to the hundreds who came to admire and to take home souvenir buttons.

The guest list .included names from as far away as Alaska, and a coupleĀ  from Pontiac, Illinois, especially for the occasion. Others were from N. Dakota, Minnesota and all over Wisconsin.