Stumptown Steam Threshers


| May/June 1989

Sec. Route 1, Box 332 Adena, Ohio 43901

The 1988 Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion was blessed with beautiful weather this year. The show got off to a flying start with prayer by one of our members, Lester Nabb, and the raising of 'Old Glory' by the Cadiz Boy Scouts while the Star Spangled Banner was played on an antique music box. After the opening ceremonies, the usual sawing, threshing, baling, shingle making, cornmeal grinding and power-eater generator. Baker fan and the operations of gas engines, tractors, etc., began and continued until the noon whistles.

At 12:45, the Ladies Auxiliary announced the 1988 Thresherman of the Year and the Thresherman Queen. Mr. and Mrs. John Graham (John and Doris) were crowned by last year's winners, Henry Niemiec and Carolyn Fraley. One o'clock featured the slow engine race and the block race. The slow race was won by Jared Crowe of Navarre, Ohio on his 20 HP Minneapolis in the antique class and Bill Rees of Canton, Ohio won on his scale Case in that class. In the block race, John McDowell of Plainfield, Ohio was the winner in the antique class and there were no contestants in the scale class.

The usual sawing, threshing and grinding continued until 3:30 when the Young Farmers and Wives Pedal Tractor Pulling Club held the pedal tractor pull with 83 contestants entering. Winners in the Class I (30 to 45 lb.) were Jamie Jendrura of Bethesda, Ohio and Jared Crowe of Navarre, Ohio. Class II winners (46 to 60 lbs.) were Lynn Bosio of Uhrichsville, Ohio and Matt Modra of Shadyside, Ohio. Class III winners (61 to 75 lbs.) were Mike Mercer of St. Clairsville, Ohio and John Schultz of Rayland, Ohio. Class IV winners (76 to 90 lbs.) were Chad Huges of Tempernsville, Ohio and Mandy Williams of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Class V (91 to 105 lbs.) winners Rusty Duncan, of Cadiz, Ohio and Chris Compher of Jewett, Ohio.

At 6:00, the Ohio Valley Promenaders put on a square dancing and clogging demonstration. The square dancers had people from the audience participate later on. At 7:30, the old-time fiddling contest got underway with 11 contestants. Winners in the under 60 class were: 1st, Gina Fair of Shadyside, Ohio; 2nd, Carrie Dillon of Woodsfield, Ohio, and 3rd, Clarence Miller of Brilliant, Ohio. Winners in the 60 class and over were: 1st, Don Wilson of St. Clairsville, Ohio; 2nd, Dan Laslo of Martin's Ferry, Ohio and 3rd, Jim Ady of Woodsfield, Ohio. After the contest, a 'round robin' fiddle playing continued with several singers participating. Between the two classes, 88 year old Carl Porter of Cadiz, Ohio played four tunes on his mouth organ. Prior to the contest, Ed Cole played several songs on his homemade dulcimer.

Sunday's show started off with church services led by Marion Rogers from Freeport, Ohio and singing by Mindy Rousch of Flushing, Ohio. After church services, the usual activities continued until the noon whistles. At 1:00, the wagon backing contest featuring gas tractors without power steering was held. In the open class, Bob Murphy was the winner with a Farmall M and N or b Wilhelm was the second winner with a Farmall Super C. In the previous years' winners class, Bob Murphy was again the winner on the Farmall M and Dave Murphy was the second winner with a Super C Farmall.