STUMP TOWN


| March/April 1982


We thank the Good Lord for beautiful weather again for the Stump town Steam Threshers Reunion which was held Saturday and Sunday, September 12,13,1981.

A large crowd, approximately 3500 to 4000, was present for both days. Saturday's show officially began at 9:00 a.m. with the raising of 'Old Glory' and a prayer by our M.C., Mickey MacDonald. Then the sawmill, shingle mill, corn meal machine, thresher, bailer, power-eater generator all got down to business. Gasoline Alley, with approximately 125 engines and displays, also went into action. The steam models were hooked up to Jed Crowe's Peerless portable which provided plenty of steam. 'Gas Tractor Row' consisted of 43 tractors with the 'Green Line J.D.'s' being the most numerous. Grady Smith exhibited his Shay locomotive model and put in several miles running back and forth on 80 feet of track.

Gary Arnold operated his ?-scale sawmill and ?' scale model engine making 'yard-stick' sawed boards for everyone's delight. Tom Hatcher and son showed their scale model Case engines and water wagon. Ray Covault displayed his ?-scale model Greyhound which he built from pictures of the 24 HP Greyhound.

At 1:00 each day the annual slow engine race and block race got under way in two classes: antique and ?-scale. The winners of the slow engine and block race was as follows: Saturday's slow engine race (antique)- Henry Niemiec, 12 HP Russell. Sunday's slow engine race (antique)--Gary Ludwig, 24 HP Greyhound. Saturday's slow engine race (? -scale)--Bill Arnold, Scale Model (Goat). Sunday's slow engine race (? scale)--Earl Hamilton, Scale Model (Case). Saturday's block race (antique)--Doc Saffell, Peerless. Sunday's block race (antique)-- John McDowell, Baker. Saturday's block race (? -scale)--Earl Hamilton, ? -scale Case. Sunday's block race (? -scale)--Criss Arnold, ? -scale, 'Goat'.

At 2:30 the Ladies Auxiliary announced that Mrs. Anna Burton of Scio was chosen the Thresherman's Queen and William Flowers of Adena was awarded the Thresher-man of the Year.

At 3:00 the tobacco spitting contest sponsored by Mail Pouch was held. The winners were as follows: 1st place: Randy Ammounds, Fairview, West Virginia (15', 3'). 2nd place: Ray Wright, Bellaire, Ohio (15', 2'). 3rd place: Kip Carson, New Athens, Ohio (14', 9'). 4th place: Buddy Ammounds, (14', 6'). 5th place: Terry Erdos, New Athens, Ohio, (12', 9').






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