STEAM IN THE TALL CORN


| May/June 1966



8 inch fire whistle

Courtesy of Mr. Harold Smith, Ralston, Iowa 51459. This is an 8 inch fire whistle with Neil Miller's 32 HP Reeves. This was taken after the show of 1965 west of Alden, Iowa. On the left is Marlin Hilhouse, R.F.D., Iowa Falls and Forrest Lafferty, Collins

Harold Smith

Ralston, Iowa 51459

Again it was our privilege to attend fine shows in a rather rainy summer. The Miller show, west of Alden, opened with light drizzle of rain which caused an element of uncertainty regarding pulling certain exhibits out of sheds. But the rain of August 20th. provided good traction and spirit of attendance was high. Grain threshed, lumber cut and 32 HP Reeves and 75 HP Case drew 8 bottom plows through hard dry soil which produced plenty of stack talk that the old timers love to hear. Again H. G. Surls of  Iowa Falls played Home Sweet Home on the giant 8 inch whistle which used to sound the fire alarm at Iowa Falls. This whistle has grown since our report of 1964. We were present when this whistle was brought to the ground. It looked like a big 6 inches. The yard stick read 8 inches in diameter and 19 inches in length.

August 21st. Ground fog and rain. Features of the show were carried out and attendance above expectation.

On the 22nd, the weather was fine and we had a large attendance and everyone had a fine time. This show is expanding - many new exhibits and features indicate it will be well worth attending in the future.

August 27th to 29th. We (which includes the rain) were at Justin Hingtgen farm north of Maquoketa. Throughout the show most features were on time. They were there -Harry Woodmanse with expert control climbing high ramp, Melvin Lugten with the crowd drawing veneer machine and after a lot of rocking, he balanced engine on teeter, Ray Ernst with his nice 6 HP Nichols and Shepard, The Howard Mason Orchestra and others with fine music and on Sunday afternoon, Radio Station K M A Q of Maquoketa provided interesting live broadcast at the show. There was plenty to eat, drink and a lot to see and hear and with the fine hospitality shown by our host, Justin, what more could one ask for? A show to linger in the memory and ahead to 1966.

Prior to September 3rd., we arrived at Antique Acres north of Cedar Falls, to find a lot of activity to get the show on the road. The most interesting sight was the unloading of the only engine of its size and make, the 40-140 Cross Compound Reeves, off of a lowboy. After a lot of hard work and breaking a lot of cables, that 32 ton of engine was moved to solid ground.