Farm Collector

The 1991 Stumptown Steam Threshers Show

Route 1, Box 332 Adena, Ohio 43901

The good Lord again blessed the Stumptown crowd with beautiful
weather for this year’s show. The show opened with prayer by
Lester Nabb and the raising of ‘Old Glory’ by the Cadiz Boy
Scouts. Most of the steam engines were moving and the gas engines
were popping as the show got into full swing.

The first chore for the sawmill was to square timbers for the
shingle mill. The shingle mill was powered mostly by gas tractors
this year. Souvenir shingles were made and given away. Cornmeal was
ground and sold both days and Dick Carnes entertained with his band
organ. Plenty of good food was sold by the Weirton Lions Club and
the New Athens Firemen’s Auxiliary with soup beans cooked in an
open kettle being their specialty.

At 12:45, the crowning of the 1991 Queen and Thresherman of the
Year was featured with Carl Jackowski being named Thresherman and
his wife, Gayle, being crowned as Queen. They took their official
ride in Ralph Jones’ Model T truck.

At 1:00, the slow engine race got underway. Dennis Hudak was the
winner on the Krofft family Case. The block race competition was
very exciting. Three engines finished the event without knocking
the block over, but Ray Sell had the least amount of time so he was
the winner. After the races, threshing began with the A & T
thresher and the Peerless engine. Sawing, baling, cornmeal grinding
and shingle making continued until 3:30, when the Tri-Valley
Farmers & Wives put on the kiddie tractor pull. Results in
Class 1 were: Kate Rogers, Cadiz, in first place; R.J. Miller,
Martin’s Ferry, in second place, Mike Thatcher, Flushing, in
third place. The results in Class II were: Daren Lucas, Freeport,
in first place; Dale Ferrell, Belmont, in second place; and Casey
Huffman, Seville, in third place. The results in Class III were:
Bill Blakely, Allendonia, in first place; Derek Swallney, St.
Clairsville, in second place; John Barrett, Hendrysburg, in third
place. The results in Class IV were: Matt Modra, Shady side, in
first place; Brad Thornberg, Barnesville, in second place; Lee Ann
Lucas, Piedmont, in third place. The results in Class V were: Kevin
Lara, Piedmont, in first place; John O’Neil, Cadiz, Ohio in
second place; Brenda Ronevich, Bellaire, in third place. We wish to
thank all the youngsters who participated and the Tri-Valley Young
Farmers for putting on the show.

At 6:00, the Ohio Valley Promenaders Square Dancers &
Cloggers put on their show which was enjoyed by all. At 7:00, the
Old Time Fiddlers contest was held with eight contestants entered.
The special Don Wilson Trophy was won by Clarence Miller of
Brilliant, in the 60 and older class; Dorman Jefferies of Toronto
came in second place; and Jim Ady of Woodsfield came in third.

In the 20 to 59 class, Chuck Monticello came in first and
Norbert Ebert of New Martinsville, West Virginia came in second. No
contestants were entered in the under 20 class. While the judges
were tallying the scores, a ’round robin’ of all the
fiddlers and accompanists took place and several tunes were played.
Ed Cole of Cadiz also played several tunes on his dulcimer while
the fiddlers were signing up. After the contest, several played
country and bluegrass for an hour or so.

On Friday night, Foster Lucas and his band had entertained the
early arrivals. A large flea market was in operation both days.

Sunday’s show started off with church services led by Marion
Rogers of Freeport followed by the usual threshing, baling, shingle
making, sawing and grinding until the noon whistle blew.

At 1:00, the gas tractors got in action with the wagon backing
contest. Tom White of Cadiz took the prize in the first time winner
class and Jay Graham of St. Clairsville took first place in the
previous winner class.

At 2:30, the Ladies Auxiliary held their drawings. Mary White of
Sales-vile won the quilt. Beth Eastlick of Scio won the wreath and
Merl Griswald of New Athens won the third prize.

Children under six were asked to come forward for a
‘quarter’ hunt in the trimmings from the shingle mill.
$10.00 worth of quarters were sowed for the hunt. After a time, the
hunt was opened to the older children. One young lady found $1.50
in quarters.

Just before the parade, a call went out for the oldest man and
woman attending the show. The oldest lady was Esther Mercer of
Cadiz who was 86 years old, and the oldest man was Everett Eddy of
Fairview, Ohio at 89 years old. Lee Booth of Porters Fall, West
Virginia and John Hepburn of Lafferty, Ohio won the drawing among
the membership.

At 4:00, the grand parade got underway. Mickey MacDonald was the
emcee. All moving equipment entered the parade. The parade
concluded the show. The equipment at the show was: eight full-size
traction engines, one scale traction engine, one full-size
portable, one V4 size portable, eighty small steam engines and
models, two threshers, 82 gas tractors, 466 gas engines, fifteen
antique cars and trucks, a blacksmith display, a milk can display,
and several toy tractor displays. Approximately 2500 people
attended the show on Saturday and 1800 on Sunday. The 1991 show was
the biggest show yet.

The officers and directors wish to thank all who helped make the
show a success. A special thank you goes out to the exhibitors who
worked so hard to exhibit at the show and a special thank you to
the spectators who pay for the show.

This year’s show will be September 12 and 13. See you in
’92.

  • Published on Jul 1, 1992
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