Here is a picture of the 'tug-of-war' between the 40 hp Case and the 50 hp Case at the 1962 Old Time Thresher Show.
R. 2, Jonesboro, Ind.
The Elwood Historical Club Inc., 4th annual threshing and saw-milling show was held on the Robert Meyer farm, 5 miles north of Elwood, Ind. on St. Rd, No. 13 July 27, 28, 29, 1962. Each year we try to make the show better than the previous one. We brought in more engines, threshers, tractors, model engines, gas engines, and lots of antique farm machinery. Also we had local talent to furnish entertainment in the large tent, for those who wished to sit down and rest for awhile.
One of the features of the show, was that, of threshing 12 acres of wheat. This was done by using four different makes and sizes of separators, such as, Aultman Taylor, Huber, Case, McCormick Deering. Also a 100 year old saw mill, was in operation each day, at the same time, threshing was being done a few hundred feet away.
Among the steam engines used for power were Davis Sullivans 9 HP and 65HP Case, of near Markelville, Herman Warners 28 HP Minneapolis, of Anderson, Ind., Harold Wilburns 22 HP Keck Gownnerman of R. R. 4 Elwood, Ind., Basil Harveys 23-90 Baker, of Green town, Ind., also used were tractors such as, 25-45 Huber, owned by Phil Hobbs, of Tipton, Ind., 20-40 Oil Pull, owned by Rudolph Shinholt, of R. R. 1 Jonesboro Ind., 28-50 Hart Paar, owned by John Huddleson, of Somerset, Ind., 8-16 Reliable Tractor, owned by Mc-Closkey Bros. of Walton, Ind., and several fine model steamers, and gas engines.
Several loads of bundles were stored in barns, prior to the show, to insure we could thresh after a shower. These and shocks from the field were brought to the machines by some fine teams of horses, furnished by the Ind. Horse Breeders Assoc.
Also an unusual scene was that of threshing with four machines at the same time, on the same straw pile, on Sat. and Sun. afternoon, and the sawing of logs at all hours each day.
Also on display was a 10 H P Sweep, purchased and restored by Wm. Cochran of Marion, Indiana.
The Sunday program was started with, Church Services, in the large tent, and conducted by Rev. Duty of Elwood, and singing of hymns, in German and English, by the Alfred Leininger family of Tipton, Ind., and music from an organ over 100 years old, owned by the Leininger family.
Numerous comments were that our show was better than one previous, and they would be back next year. With all these comments in mind, we are at this writing, making plans for still better show this year. A new 40X64 pole buildinghas been erected for storage of antique machinery now owned by the club. Several items, just recently obtained will be moved to the building from here and there. This building to be used by the Ladies Aid Society, from two community churches, to serve food during the event. A new Water well will be put down in the near future to supply drinking water. A new entrance has already been completed , having two gates, and a dual drive, leading to a clean 12 acre wooded area, adjacent to the show ground, for parking and picnicing. Also a parade route will be established thru the area.
We also had an antique airplane club of near Kokomo, Ind. entertaining each day during the show.
We have already made plans for this years show, and the date has been set for July 26, 27, and 28, 1963. And will be held at the same
location, five miles north of Elwood, Ind. on St. Rd. 13, on the Robt. Meyer farm.
We are looking foreward to meeting and seeing all of you this summer. Thank You.