THE MARK TWAIN OLD THRESHERS ASSOCIATION SHOW


| January/February 1977

  • 20 HP Advance Rumely
    What a sight it was, at the 1975 Mark Twain Show, to see such a lineup of steamers. On the left; Edgar Levings' 1917 Case 60. Edgar resides at Ewing, Missouri. Center; 20 HP 1919 Advance Rumely owned by Dick Snow of Palmyra, Missouri. Right; 18 HP 1918 Au
  • Peerless Engine
    It is a Peerless with wood spoke rear wheels. ''You don't hardly ever hear of one being in production anymore.'' Owned by Louie McHaffie, Sparta, Missouri.
  • V2 scale Case engine
    Leonard Stroup didn't just sit around on his hands and wish for a scale model steamer. Instead he got busy and collected the materials and parts from the McGown salvage yard at Sedalia, Missouri and built this outstanding V2 scale Case engine. There were
  • Case 45
    Is a 1910 Case 45, owned by Emil Gerwin of Rush Hill, Missouri. Incidentally, these steamers did not just sit for pictures all the time. They were active as were most of the fine exhibits.
  • Dandy Kerosene Tractor
    This Dandy 8-16 I.H.C. kerosene tractor was displayed and owned by Rex Shahan of Brashear.
  • Motor-Wheel
    This A.O. Smith Motor-Wheel is really a real fine job of restoration, about 1920, owned by Bob Lear of Moberly.

  • 20 HP Advance Rumely
  • Peerless Engine
  • V2 scale Case engine
  • Case 45
  • Dandy Kerosene Tractor
  • Motor-Wheel

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The sixth annual show was held on July 11, 12 and 13 at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Missouri.

We have attended many shows of this general type, but never before one which had such total community involvement and interest.

An air of sadness was evident among the members and others who participated in this show. Mr. Lawrence Hempstead, a most-liked person had passed away on December 2, 1974, while awaiting a plane which was to take him and a group on a trip to the Holy Lands. Lawrence had been elected President when the Mark Twain Old Threshers group was first organized in October, 1969. Lawrence was succeeded by Mr. Leon Foree in the Presidency of the group.



When we went onto the show grounds in the evening the day before the start of the show and asked for Mr. Foree, we were told, 'you'll find him down over that rise at the unloading ramp, unloading a steam engine.' Indeed he was. Even Presidents work at shows. Leon and his group of officers was no exception.

The merchants, citizens, civic organizations and exhibitors all pitch in to make this show the huge success that it is.