Courtesy of Rhinie Luebers, Kirkland, Illinois 61046.
Box 111, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020
Pictured here from the North Central Illinois Steam Power Show making the Rollag, Minnesota Steam Show Bus Trip, August 31, are left to right: Ray Knutson, Emil Svanda, George Hedtke, Floyd King, Dennis Ehmen, and Neal Drummer. Rhinie Luebbers, the show photographer taking this picture also made the Rollage trip.
A privately owned Continental bus, converted to a 'traveling fun bus' for groups going a long distance, was a treat for 26 aboard Labor Day weekend. The bus is complete with kitchen utilities for preparing cooked meals while traveling. Also it is equipped with a fine seating area and a restroom.
The 1500-mile trip to western Minnesota was greatly enjoyed by steam show enthusiasts from three northern Illinois area shows. The 'fun trip' was planned and arranged by Roger Baumgartner of Walnut, Illinois, and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Blanchard of Grayslake, Illinois.
Four shows were visited during the Labor Day weekend, August 31 through September 3. Rollag, Minnesota was the first show to see early Saturday morning. Lodging that night for the group was arranged at a motel at Pelican Rapids. Early Sunday morning the group enjoyed breakfast at a restaurant at Pelican Rapids and then attended the horsepower threshing show, and other horsepower demonstrations using 50 head of horses at the Battle Lake, Minnesota show. The numerous horse-powered units and outfits was something to see in operation. Next we stopped and visited the Museum and showground's at Dalton, Minnesota.
By five O'clock Sunday evening it was time for the bus to leave for our homeward trip via Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where lodging for the night was arranged at the Holiday Inn. Early Labor Day morning the group had breakfast and the bus journeyed homeward via Edgerton, Wisconsin where the group arrived for the parade time at the Rock-River Thresheree on U.S. 51 midway between Edgerton and Janesville.
Those making the long Labor Day weekend trip from the Davis Junction show at Hedtke's Hickory-Oaks Farm were: George Hedtke, Emil Svanda, and Ray Knutson all of Davis Junction; Dennis Ehmen of Monroe Center; Rhinie Luebbers of Kirkland; Floyd Kings of Kings; and Neal Drummer of La Moille.