The Golden Roll


| January/February 1970



Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hutchins

Courtesy of Don Gwaltney, Route 3, Taylorsville, N. Carolina 28681 Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hutchins of Route 2, Mocksville, North Carolina with their engine. Jesse has been one of the best men to work with steam engines. It has been a lifetime job with him. Wh

Don Gwaltney

The Old Time Steam Threshermen are fast disappearing from this county in Eastern Ohio. The Old Man with the Scythe keeps searching them out. Our latest sorrow for the Stump town Steam Threshers Club was the sudden passing of one of our former Directors and steam fans, Sherman Busby of Cadiz, Ohio, born July 25th, 1896 and passed away with a sudden heart attack the latter part of August, age 73.

He and his Brother Chester started in the Threshing business in 1912 with a 16 hp. Scheidler Engine and Garr-Scott Separator and followed this profession up into the 20's. His Brother Chester who is past 81 still owns a Separator and does his own threshing.

One day during their threshing career they were moving to another set, and in approaching an unsafe bridge they decided to cross the practically dry creek bed some distance below the bridge. The Scheidler front wheels struck some soft mud on opposite bank and everything came to a standstill. A dark rain cloud was fast closing in from the west, so they supplied the boiler with some more water and fled to the nearest farm house. It was so dark that the lady of the house lit an oil lamp so they could see. After the storm had subsided they made their way back to the rig only to find the water clear over the boiler and running through the flues and fire out. They had to dig a large hole back of the engine and bury a log for a deadman to connect the blocks to and it finally came out backwards.

Then one day in backing the engine around a steep hillside to get the separator the Scheidler came on the verge of upsetting. They put a chain around the steam dome and inserted a pole with several men on end of pole. This kept all four wheels on ground until they made an exit. To those who threshed on the prairies, not of this episode.

Shermans next engine was a U.I. Peerless, 20 hp. which he used a lot for threshing and road grading. In about 1930 he bought a Keystone steam shovel for to load sandstone to fix the mud roads of those days. In the late 20's he took the agency for Waterloo Tractors which were appearing on the scene, also the agency for Dicks Blizzard Ensilage Co. of Canton, Ohio. He sold a lot of each and was well known all over Eastern Ohio. And he was considered to be one of the best salesmen the Dicks Blizzard Co. had in their employ. He was a good mechanic, never owned anew car, always kept his 49 model Plymouth running like new. Many are the old time tunes he would play on his violin in the key of F.

He leaves his wife, Bessie, a son and daughter, and two step-children, and a host of friends and buddies. When the Roll is called up Yonder, it would be nice if all his steam friends and others could meet him in that far away land standing on a Scheidler Engine with a gold-plated throttle lever.