STEAM IS HERE TO STAY RICE COUNTY STEAM SHOW


| March/April 1977

  • Case engine
    L. to r. C. E. Purdie, Smoky Cross and Elsner Machacek. - Looks like they re solving a lot of problems at the Rice County Steam Show.
  • Main Street Bridge
    There is no history about this accident, other than the engine belonged to a Mr. Echler and that it went through the Main Street Bridge at Augusta, Wisconsin in 1915. Old timers here say no one was killed. Courtesy of Lyal Hardesty, Route 1, Box 80, Augus
    Lyal Hardesty

  • Case engine
  • Main Street Bridge

1025 S.W. 2nd Street, Faribault, Minnesota 55021.

Steam cylinder oil was in the air and many people remembered days gone by of hard work and lots of sweat; but many more people remembered days gone by of a love of the land and a togetherness that is not found today in our age of mechanization. Farmers banded together against the elements are what steam days were all about.

Once again, steam was in its' glory on September 6, 1976, on a farm outside of Warsaw, Minnesota. On that beautiful fall day, thousands of people gathered to view the massive Minneapolis engine owned and operated by Fred Berndt of Morristown, and the 50 hp. Case engine of C. E. Purdie, of Faribault, easily run the separators of by-gone days, threshed over 20 acres of oats. Despite the dry season in Minnesota, the oats yielded over 60 bushels per acre.

Visitors were treated to a day of nostalgia in buggy rides given by Chuck Thurber and Bud and Jim Cate. A team of llamas delighted both the young and the young at heart compliments of the State Bank of Faribault and Mr. Ervin Smith of St. Peter, Minnesota.



Old tractors were on display as were old farm implements. Dennis Waskosky and his son Mark, collectors and restorers of gas engines, displayed a large assortment of models and also demonstrated corn shelling with an antique sheller. The Waskosky girls also got in the act with their demonstration of rope making and their help in the flea market area.

Warren Shevlin displayed his 1908, 12 h.p. International tractor, and Ron Salaba, Roman Kalina, and Butch and Larry Malecha also had a very large display of gas engines. Joe Cross, an avid steam and gas engine lover, also displayed several gas engines.



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