R. R. 13, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Old Time Threshers and Sawmill Operators held its 20th annual Reunion in August 1970 on the Jim Whitbey Farm near Fort Wayne, Indiana. We had ideal weather throughout the five days of the show. We had an ample supply of logs for the sawmill which were furnished by Wally Liechty. The sawmill was operated by a very efficient Crew consisting of Frank, Newt Miller, Chas. Winebrenner of Ligonier, Ind. Maurice Lewallen, Larry and Denny Lewallen and Bill Cochrean. Engines used on the sawmill were Percy Sherman with his Russell, Frank Miller with his Nicholas Shepard.
There were 6 loads of wheat and 2 loads of oats to be threshed. The grain was grown on this farm and was shocked by John Arnold, Fort Wayne. An added attraction this year was the different methods of cutting grain in years gone by.
1. 1st was Harry Woodmansee using the cradle.
2. 2nd was Wilson Wells with his ponies pulling the reaper.
3. 3rd was Jim Whitbey pulling the binder with his tractor and Wally Liechty riding the binder.
4. 4th The combine operated by Phil Liechty.
This exhibition took about an hour. We expect to repeat it again in 1971 if the weather permits. Six wagons drawn by steam engines were used to haul people to the field to witness this feature of the show. Plowing with steam engines was another attraction. Also Melvin Lugten with his veneer machines and Jack Egbert with his shingle mill. The Case Engine No. 25-100 years old owned by the Brindle Bros, of LaOtto, Ind. Engineer Chas. Barker of Lexington, Ky., threshed grain every day with a Model threshing machine owned by Jack Egbert of Botkins, Ohio. John Nahrwold was there with his Model Port Huron Steam Engine which he used on his Corn shredder to shred seven shocks of Corn which was stored on the farm.
Among other attractions was the hill climb, teeter-totter and the fans, and The Elkhart county 4-H Saddle Club with their square dancing etc.
The Sunday Morning Church Service was enjoyed by all.
The 1971 Show will be held August 12,13,14 and 15 - Same Place.
By Asel A. Gabel, R.F.D. 1, Box 193,Sharon Road, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912
We held our 3rd Threshing Bee on October 3rd. Every one seems to enjoy them and wants another next year.
We had three steam engines. 15 hp. Peerless running the Ann Arbor Stationary
Baler, a 15 hp. Huber running the Birdsell Clover Huller. The Peerless and Huber are owned by Mr. Herbert Holmes at Moundsville, W. Va. Then my 20 hp. Reeves ran the Case Thresher.
I have quite a few things in the way of Antique Farm Machinery. A case separator, Ann Arbor stationary baler, a Birdsell clover huller with a self-feeder and blower built in 1893, a Birdsell clover huller hand feed and drag stacker built in 1899, a 1927 McCormick Deering tractor, a 1934 Huber tractor, ensilage cutter, hay loader and my 20 hp. Reeves double cylinder steam traction engine.
Everyone brought a covered dish or picnic basket and we put all the food together and had a thresherman's dinner. All the fellows working on the engines blew their whistles at 12 noon and everything stopped for dinner. People came and went all day long. 135 signed the register but quite a number just sat up on the bank and watched and took pictures but never came down where the action was.
We live on Sharon Road near Colerain, Ohio, which is just 8 miles from Wheeling,
W. Va., or as a writer on the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote about our first threshing bee 'Out there, about one ridge and a hoot west of the Ohio River, not far from where little Eva was supposed to have dodged across the ice flows while the bloodhounds bayed after her in Uncle Toms Cabin'.
It really surprised us how many people had never seen a steam traction engine before let alone see one working.
Our Threshing Bee is always the first Saturday in October. Everyone is welcome as we really do have a good time.
By J. N. Walton
Kirk Michael, Isle of Man, England
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