STUMPTOWN STEAM SHOW


| March/April 1979



Route 2, Box 332, Adena, Ohio

Ideal threshing weather blessed the Stumptown Show again this year. Both Saturday and Sunday, the sun peeked through the clouds. Several campers arrived on Labor Day and spent the week at the show grounds helping get the show set up.

Seven full size traction engines, one portable, one vertical boiler, 3-? scale model traction engines, 4-? scale model traction engines, one scale model portable and one scale model stationary boiler provided the steam for the event. Twenty-eight gas and oil tractors were on hand along with approximately 225 gas engines. Eight antique cars and trucks were displayed. Cornmeal was ground and sold both days, using a stone burr mill powered by a Peerless steam engine. The corn was shelled by a 2? HP Galloway gas engine. Gas Engine Alley featured gas engines turning churns, generators, water pumps, buzz saw or 'just plain banging away!'

The shingle mill was kept busy by the half-scale model engines and the little Russell portable. The Power-Eater generator was kept moving by both steam engines and tractors. Gary Arnold's ? scale model Eli Hay Press, powered by his ? scale model portable engine, caused quite a bit of excitement making miniature bales of hay. The sawmill kept the larger steam engines occupied with several truckloads of logs. Four and a half acres of oats that had been cut with a binder, shocked and loaded on wagons, provided the threshers and hay bailers with plenty of work. Both steam engines and gas tractors took their turn at threshing and baling.

At 1:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, a 'slow engine' race was held. Joe Harrison was the trophy winner on Saturday, operating his grandfather's 20 HP Russell and Jim Fisher was the Sunday winner on the same engine. The Russell engine was the champion this year in the slow engine race. Elmer Wenger on John Sell's Frick was Saturday's winner in the 'block race.' He was the only operator able to touch the block without knocking it over. On Sunday, Francis Young, operating John Sell's Frick won over Randy Schrider on Flowers' Greyhound by a mere two seconds. The Frick turned out to be the quickest engine in the block race. Also on Sunday the idea came up to try the ? scale models against each other on both the slow engine race and the block race. Glen Hatcher, operating his ? scale Case, was the winner in both events.

The Ladies Auxiliary selected the Threshermen's Queen and Thresherman of the Year at 2:30 on Saturday. Mrs. Lucille Harris was crowned Threshermen's Queen by last year's winner, Mrs. Rosalee Trushel and Raymond Davis was selected Thresherman of the Year and was presented a plaque by last year's Thresherman, Edgar Flowers.