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The Stumptown Steam Threshers 21st annual reunion opened to sunny skies and very hot weather. A good size crowd attended the show both days although there was a decrease in attendance. The two-day program opened with a prayer and welcome by Lester Nabb and the presentation of the flag by the Flushing V.F.W. After the opening ceremony, the threshing, bailing, sawing, shingle making, corn shelling, corn meal grinding and power-eater generator operation got under way.
The steam table was filled with both models and stationary engines powered by the wooden-wheeled Peerless portable engine owned by Jed Crowe. Ray Covault, Tom Hatcher and Gary Arnold entertained with their -scale engines and equipment. Model equipment included a Baker fan, saw mill and bailer.
Gasoline Alley featured 236 gas engines which were very busy generating electric, shelling corn, pumping water or just plain banging away. Exhibitors brought gas engines from as far away as Florida. Several antique cars and trucks were also on hand.
The Tractor Row consisted of 41 tractors with the 'Green Line' being the most dominant. The most rare and unusual tractor was the big 'Avery' and the Rock Island Heider. Several of the tractors participated in the wagon backing contest held on Saturday afternoon. This year's contest had two categories, amateur and a contest between previous Stump-town winners. Dave Murphy of Flushing, Ohio won the amateur contest and Mark Lyle won the previous winner category by beating John Miller by 5 seconds and Henry Niemiec by 14 seconds.
The slow engine race and block race got under way at 1:00 p.m. each day. Saturday's winners were Joe Harrison on his 20 HP Russell in the antique slow engine race and Bill Arnold won the -scale contest. The block race winners were John McDowell on his 21-75 Baker and Bill Arnold won in the -scale class. Sunday's slow engine race winners were Henry Niemiec on Doc Saffell's 12 HP Peerless and Gale Arnold on his Dad's 'Goat' engine won the -scale category. The block race was won by Glenn Krofft in the antique class and Criss Arnold won in the -scale class.
The tobacco spitting contest sponsored by the Mail Pouch Tobacco Co. and the Stumptown Club was won by Kip Carson of New Athens, Ohio with a distance of 23 feet.
The fiddling contest was a great success and featured seventeen fiddlers. In the under 60 class, John Jefferies of Toronto was 1st place winner; Clarence Miller of Brilliant, Ohio was 2nd place winner; and Norbert Ebert of New Martinsville, West Virginia was 3rd place winner. In the 60 and older class, Bill Burris of Shippingport, Pennsylvania was the 1st place winner; Don Wilson of St. Clairsville, Ohio won 2nd; and Floyd Warren of Cortland, Ohio won 3rd.
After the contest Carl Porter played several tunes on his mouth organ followed by the fiddling contestants and their accompanists playing several favorite fiddling tunes. After the winners were announced and trophies presented, Laco Pickins and his Gang from the Barnesville area entertained the crowd with their Blue Grass music until midnight.
Church services on Sunday morning were led by Marion Rogers of Freeport, Ohio. The Stumptown Ladies Auxiliary chose Ray and Anna Covault from Fletcher, Ohio as Thresherman of the Year and Thresherman's Queen who took their royal ride on a 1922 model T truck owned by Ralph Jones of Woodsfield. The Ladies Auxiliary auctioned off a round hand-crocheted tablecloth which was bought by Doc Saffell. A hand-made quilt was raffled off and won by Joy Jendrusick of Bethesda.
A parade was held both days at 4:00 with Mickey MacDonald doing the announcing. Plaques were awarded to all exhibitors. Preceding the parade on Sunday, a drawing was held from the membership cards with Gary Arnold of Marietta and John Fields of Claarmont, Florida winning $50.00 each and Emil Crepsie of Cleveland winning a set from 1972 to 1983 of Stumptown dishes and Robert Howell of Flushing winning a case of oil. The prize money and oil were donated.
The Stumptown officers and directors wish to thank all exhibitors, spectators, and anyone who helped make this year's show a success. Next year's show will be held on September 8th and 9th. Hope to see you there.
Do you know anything about 'Holbrook's Swivel Plow'? If so, your information is desired.
The plow was said to have been invented by Gov. Frederick Holbrook, of Vermont, leader in pre-Civil War and post-war farm matters. If you have information, write to John N. Carnahan, Secretary, Brattleboro Historical Society, PO Box 801, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
A Farmers Hall of Fame is planned near Fargo, ND.
First purpose is to restore and preserve tools, implements and machinery. Second is to honor individuals who have helped the advance of agriculture.
To learn more, get in touch with President Roger Eilerston, Farmers Hall of Farm, Audubon, MN 56511.