The Stumptown Steam Threshers Club Report of their annual threshing which was held at the Laizure farm located on Route 519, four miles west of New Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, September 8, 1962. It being a beautiful day for the occasion gave a large attendance.
The morning was mostly taken up meeting old and new acquaintances, talking old experiences, taking pictures and registering. We then got ready for the threshing which took place after lunch using Ray Laizure's Champion Separator hand fed and slat stacker belted to his Frick Engine. Oats were threshed and at the same time bailed the straw using J. H. Holmes's John Dere bailer belted to his Huber engine. Then Ray's Case Separator with feeder and wind stacker belted to W. C. Dunlap's Case engine did the next load. Then Ray's Russell engine showed up for the next load. Then Ray's advance Rumley came along, got in the belt to finish. All created great interest to the spectators, especially the older ones as did the young to see the steam engines as they puffed along with their smooth rhythm sound.
There were five large steam traction engines and one miniature engine. There were several miniature stationary steam engines of which Howard Glenn and Mr. Ablosum from Martins Ferry, Ohio, along with Allen Baker from Dunee, Ohio, all showed some nice work.
Russell Gay from Waynesburg, Pa. had his one fifth scale Frick traction steamed up and it created a lot of interest. George Richey and Don Davis of New Concord, Ohio, had a nice display of gasoline engines all painted and running. Ralph Bowden from Zanesville, Ohio, had his Universal Moline Tractor going also. Harry Moo-maw of Dover, Ohio, had his fan there and the engines one time or other were belted to it, of which is always of great interest to spectators.
The Club wishes to express appreciation to the ladies at the registration stand, the gentlemen who parked the cars, the band mothers of New Athens at the concession stand, and the fire department of New Athens for their part in furnishing water for the engines, that helped to make it a success.
The club takes this day to greet their old friends and make new ones and turn back the pages of time, get the old engines out and other equipment of their time, fire up to smell the the smoke and the aroma of hot steam cylinder oil, thresh some grain as they did when they served their purpose so well to make our nation strong and free. But progress has caused them to step aside and make way for more modern, more compact, time and labor saving machines.
One of the boys, J. H. Holmes