Stumptown Steam Threshers Show

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90 Thresherman Ralph Jones and Queen Rose Chini take their ''grand tour'' in Ralph's pickup.
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Doc Saffells' 12-40 Peerless and Aultman Taylor separator threshing at the 1990 show.
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Engine row at the 1990 show.

Rt 1, Box 332 Adena, Ohio 43901

The Stumptown Steam Threshers annual show, September 8-9, 1990,
wasn’t blessed with perfect weather this year. The show started
with prayer by Lester Nabb and the raising of ‘Old Glory’
by the Cadiz Boy Scouts, followed by the usual activity of sawing,
shingle making, threshing, cornmeal grinding, and the popping of
many gas engines.

Ralph Jones was chosen Thresherman and Rose Chini was crowned

In the slow engine race, antique class, it was close. Dennis
Hudock on Glenn Krofft’s 40 HP Case was the winner. In the
scale model class, Russ Dye won on the Arnold family’s Goat
engine. In the garden tractor class, only one contestant
registered, so Glenn Krofft raced Dennis Jackowski with his
three-wheeler. Dennis was the winner.

Winners in the kiddie tractor pull were as follows: Class I-
Novella Trushell, first, Tiffany Rowles, second; Class II – Kristen
Conrad, first, Dustin Dowell, second; Class III-Matthew Modra,
first, Tim Conrad, second; Class IV- Mike Martin, first, Jimmy
Bethel, second; Class V-Samantha Quick, first, Brad Sell,

We had 10 contestants in the fiddling contest. Winners, 60 and
older class, were: first place, Jim Addy, Woodsfield; second place,
Bill Burris, Shippingport, Pa.; third place, Clifford Hardesty,
West Lafayette, Oh. Winners in the under 60 class were: first
place, Larry Stahl, Bakersfield; second place, Carrie Dillon,
Woodsfield; third place, Clarence Miller, Brilliant. After the
contest, fiddlers and accompanists played the Round Robin.

Sunday’s church services were led by Marion Rogers. The
weather was so wet and the grounds so muddy that by noon everyone
was thinking about loading up and heading home. The gas tractors
were busy pulling campers, cars, trucks and trailers. Jared
Crowe’s truck and trailer loaded with a tractor and steam
engine had to have Doc Saffell’s big dual wheeled Ford, DC Case
and a high lift get him out on the road. The showground’s were
badly torn up from people getting stuck. Most of the food and
concession stands and flea markets did very well on Saturday but
suffered Sunday.

The show boasted eight full-sized traction engines, two portable
full-sized steam engines, two half scale model traction engines,
one quarter scale model portable engine, fifteen exhibits of model
and small steam engines, approximately 200 gas engines, 80 tractors
and numerous other displays. Twelve antique cars were on hand
Saturday. Dick Carnes entertained both days with his 1920
Whirlitzer Band Organ.

The Ladies Auxiliary quilt was won by Nancy Long, the pillow
cases by Lee Booth. In the drawing for the clock, Jared Crowe was
the first to buy a ticket, and he won! The grounds were too wet for
a parade.

The officers and directors thank all who braved the mud to come
to our show whether they were exhibitors or spectators. Thanks to
all who worked so hard getting the show ready and we thank the good
Lord again for the success that we did have. The program was in
memory of Clarence ‘Curl’ Saffell Sr. who passed away since
last year’s show.

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