STUMPTOWN STEAM THRESHERS


| May/June 1986



Sec. Route 1, Box 332 Adena, Ohio

Beautiful hot weather graced the Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion held on September 7 & 8, 1985. Many attended the show although a slight decline in attendance was observed mostly due to the status of the economy and hot weather.

Saturday's show opened with prayer by Lester Nabb and flag raising ceremonies led by the Cadiz Boy Scouts Troop #269. Threshing, baling, cornmeal grinding, sawing, shingle making, power eater demo, etc. continued until the noon whistle blow. At 12:45, the Ladies Auxiliary crowned Joe Harrison, Thresher-man of the Year and Jane Sloan as Queen. The crowning was done by last year's winners who were Doc Saffell and Mary Hardrock. The new thresherman of the year and queen took their royal ride in the back of Ralph Jones' 1922 Model T 1-ton truck. At 1:00, the slow engine race and block race got underway. The slow engine race in the antique class was won by Jim Fisher on Harrison's 20 HP Russell and Bill Rees won in the scale class. John McDowell won the block race with his 23-90 Baker.

After the race, the usual program of activities continued until 3:30 p.m. when the kiddie tractor pull under the supervision of the TriValley Young Farmers & Wives got underway. The winners were Mike Modra, Chad Corder, Matt Miller, Todd Hixon and Clarence Cattrell. There seemed to be a great interest in this competition for several local youngsters got involved. Trophies were awarded for 1st prize winners in every class and each contestant was given a patch.

At 7:00 p.m., the fiddling contest got under way. There were only 9 contestants with six receiving trophies. Our youngest contestant was 7 year old Carrie Dillon who won 3rd place in the under 60 class. Carl Porter, who is 85 years young, played several tunes on his mouth organ while the judges were tallying up the scores. Trophies in the under 60 class were awarded to Larry Stull, Clarence Miller and Carrie Dillon and in the 60 and older category the winners were Jim Addy, Dorman Jefferies and Frances Dalton. Afterwards the entire group played several tunes including 'Mocking Bird' and 'Orange Blossom Special'.

On Sunday, the show started with church services led by Marion Rogers of Freeport and two groups of gospel singers. After the services, the usual activities got underway until the noon whistles. At 1:00 p.m. fifteen gas tractor operators entered the wagon backing contest. Doc Saffell took first place by completing the course in 1 minute, 15 seconds and Brian Brown took second place by completing the course in 1 minute, 25 seconds.