1511 Iglehart, St. Paul, Minn. 55104.
The Fourth Annual Egan Steam Threshing Show was held September 16th and 17th of 1972.
Fair fall weather sustained the efforts of the Ohmann families together with the people who brought machinery to the show.
I did not learn the extent of the show organization other than that George H. Ohmann, Jr. is the head man or president of the organization and his wife is secretary.
Mr. Ohmann's father, George H. Ohmann, Sr. who has farmed for years on the farm where the show was held, is a very active man and was busily engaged getting engines belted to a wood-framed McCormick Deering Thresher, so that the cylinder would run at the correct speed.
Different makes of tractors, a Steamer and a 12-20 Rumely Oil Pull were tried. I noticed the Oil Pull stayed as long as any of them, so it may have been close to producing the right speed for threshing.
Mr. George H. Ohmann, Sr. owns a 30-60 Aultman-Taylor gas tractor which he is justly proud of. It was belted to a 36 inch Red River Special separator and is a fine running engine.
Gilbert Kraft, Route 2, Rosemount, Minnesota owns the 12-20 Rumely Oil Pull mentioned above and others including a 20-35 Eagle tractor, a 12-30 Minneapolis, a Ten Caterpillar and a Rumely Duall. All are in fine restored condition.
Lloyd Belden of St. Paul Park was on the scene with three Case steam traction engines. Painted and polished, they looked like they had just arrived from the factory. Mr. Belden is the engineer on his 50 HP Case which he used to operate a 36-inch Minneapolis separator with wing feeders.
Oney Darson of Inver Grove Heights was the separator man for the threshing operations.
Gene Roggeman of Minneapolis was the engineer on the second engine owned by Mr. Belden. It is a 40 HP Case.
Mr. Roggeman was one of the first to build a model engine in this locality when he built a model traction engine which he showed at the Minnesota State Fair, and this must be about twenty years ago. A picture of this fine engine appeared in a recent issue of the Iron Men Album.
The third engine owned by Mr. Belden is a 30 HP Case. Ted Knack of St. Paul Park was the engineer.
George Ohmann, Jr. did lumber sawing with his 30 HP Minneapolis. This is a big, powerful engine in fine condition.
Elsner Machacek of Northfield, Minnesota was there with his scale model of a 1915 Case traction engine. The engine is about four feet in length and has all of the working parts of the full-size Case engines.
Small gas engines, one of which was self-propelled, drew attention from curious onlookers.
The Egan show is especially good for those who like to see threshing done as it was in the old days. Several full-size grain stacks were threshed. This show is growing both in the machinery exhibit and in attendance. Music always adds a lot to a show and Jack's Polka Band was more than equal to the occasion.
The 1972 Show season has passed on but the Ohmann's will be looking forward to seeing you in 1973.