| January/February 1986

Montana was dry early in the summer, but then the rains came, and luckily things dried up enough for the second annual Teton Antique Steam and Gas Threshing Association show north of Dutton.

The event is held each year on the farm of Ove A. Larson, who has joined with friends and fellow engine owners to stage the show. Margaret and I visited Ove and his wife Sarah in advance, and were given an extensive tour of the grounds and buildings.

At the time we were there, much of Montana was suffering drought, and the farm outlook was indeed gloomy in many places. Over Larson's, skies were grey and there seemed to be an odor of smoke; he expressed the opinion that this was the result of forest fires in Canada. Larson himself was not pessimistic, but he recognized that conditions for many farmers were highly negative.

We telephoned him after the show, which was held September 14-15, and he reported that the weather picture had changed considerably, with so much rain that there were 9 inches in one week!

'It was pretty wet,' he said, 'but the sun came out both days. The weather cut the turnout-attendance was about 400, but we needed that moisture. The visitor coming the greatest distance was from Massachusetts. Utah, Minnesota and Washington State were also represented and of course we had a lot of local people.'

A newly completed blacksmith shop was open, and three blacksmiths were on hand. They made crowbars and tie bars, and Sarah received a triangle dinner bar. The blacksmiths were A. J. Gerard, of Scobey; and Dave and Babe Brandon, of Stevensville. (Yes, Mrs. Brandon is a blacksmith.)