STRUM STEAM ENGINE DAYS REPORT


| May/June 1967



Minneapolis Victory separator

Courtesy of Roy H. Matson, Strum, Wisconsin 54770 Elmer Emerson of Blair, Wisconsin on his Minneapolis Victory.

Roy H. Matson

Program Chairman Strum, Wisconsin 54770

A few words reporting the third annual Steam Engine Day observance held Aug. 13-14 here at Strum may be of interest. The village, about 750 population, is located in the west central part of Wisconsin, on U.S. Hwy. 10 in the Beef River valley.

Steam Engine Days, a community-wide promotion has been headed the past three years by Burnie Ness as General Chairman, all service clubs cooperating, net proceeds go into a common fund for betterment projects. No admission is charged, however the board controls and operates all concessions, a policy which requires both good administration and planning as 260 women and girls working in 4 hour shifts were required to handle the food stands on Sunday the big day.

The Power program began on Sat. at 10 A.M. with an unusual display of Minneapolis equipment. An old Minneapolis Victory separator (2170) purchased new in 1887 was operated by Elmer Everson of Blair, Wis. a son of the first owner, who really put the 32' machine to work in spite of his 74 years. It was only natural that a vintage Minneapolis steamer should furnish power so Mort Moe of Mondovi, who has operated his 25 hp engine every season since it was new in 1913 was belted up for power in a nostalgic scene. Everson stated the Victory has been shedded on the home farm since its purchase 79 years ago and that it was in use every season until 1942, a span of 55 years. The steamer according to Mr. Moe, has been operated by him in each of its 53 seasons, both are good for years of service.

As this was a predominant Case country four of these engines were on hand, Alfred Gunderson of Osseo, Ed Slabik of Whitehall, Merle Mc Cart of Mondovi and SigĀ  Rice of Strum operated the Racine products. Besides Moe's Mpls, a Rumely owned by Geo Loomis of Mondovi, and a 30-60 Oil-pull owned by Ed Huppert of Ellsworth furnished power for Lumber sawing, a shingle Mill, fan and two grain separators. Harold Churchill of Elmwood with his steam powered drag saw and Lloyd Loomis' model steamer and sawmill drew many interested spectators. Gortons working models came in for their share of comment.

Threatening weather curtailed the Saturday afternoon show, altho a modern day tractor pulling contest on a soil cemented runway was completed before the rains came. Cancellation of an elaborate evening program resulted curtailing attendance greatly. Rains continued until Sunday at 7 A.M., Mop-up of bleacher seats began at once and by nine o'clock 7 to 800 gathered in the stands for the church service heard a rousing sermon on a frontier theme by Pastor Luther Monson.