| July/August 1968

  • Jackson Harvester
    Steam engine days at Strum, Wisconsin. This is a Jackson Harvester in action.
  • 10 HP Aultman-Taylor
    ''Steam Engine Joe'' Rynda on his 10 HP Aultman-Taylor 1878 Model Eureka ''Sunflower'' as Marshall of festival Grande Parade. Chairman Bernie Ness at the wheel.

  • Jackson Harvester
  • 10 HP Aultman-Taylor

Strum, Wisconsin 54770

A few lines regarding the Fourth Annual Steam Engine Day observance held at Strum on last Aug 11-12-13th may be of interest. We are located on Highway 10 in the Beef River Valley of west central Wisconsin.

Beautiful weather marked the event again this year bringing crowds beyond any previous attendance. The program began on Friday afternoon with a modern - day tractor pulling contest on a soil cemented drive; at the same time steamers owned by Mort Moe, Geo. Loomis, Merle McCart, Archie Stevens, Harold Churchill, Lloyd Loomis, Alfred Gunderson, Sig Rice and Louis Slabic began flexing their pressures on the usual steam show equipment. Elmer Everson of Blair, Wis. was again on hand with the 32' 1887 Minneapolis 'Victory' separator, owned by his family since purchased new 80 years ago. Many old timers renewed acquaintances while awaiting a turn at the feed table. A coronation ceremony sponsored by the ladies Civic Club took place during the evening.

'Steam Engine' Joe Rynda arrived late Friday from Montgomery, Minn. and brought his 1878 10 HP Aultman-Taylor Eureka 'Sunflower'. Joe arose early Saturday morning, had steam up and shortly after day-break his mockingbird whistle let all 700 villagers and the country side know the show was on.

The regular program began at 10, continuing thru the day, with a heavy class tractor pull, a downtown Kiddies parade with the theme American history and Happenings, sky diving and free attractions interspersed.

The valley of the Reviere Des Beauf, as the French named it 300 years ago, produces some of the finest red oak in America and this year the committee in charge were very fortunate in their choice of logs, and sawyer. Gerry Moe, a top operator, had his Jackson Harvester slab off clear red oak boards twelve to fourteen feet long at a feed speed which kept the engines really working. Attendance numbered several thousand throughout the afternoon and most were on hand for an evening stage show, featuring the Edelweiss Stars, a group of Swiss folk singers from New Glarus, Wis. who presented an excellent program.


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