The Scott-Carver Old Thresher's Association


| January/February 1974



Case steam engine threshing

Case steam engine threshing at Living History Farms Grain Festival, August 4 - 5 1973. Engine is owned by Walter Krouse of Boone, Iowa. He is assisted by Cliff Peterson of Huxley, Iowa. Courtesy of Art Dickey, 306 W. Anthony, Corydon, Iowa 50060

Art Dickey

1511 Iglehart, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

On August 11th and 12th, 1973, the Scott-Carver Old Thresher's Association held their annual Gas and Steam Engine Festival.

The show site is located on a fifty-acre tract of land owned by the association about two miles out of Jordan, Minnesota on Highway 169. This year it is estimated thirty acres of rye and six acres of oats were threshed.

When I attended the show, rye stack threshing was in progress using a 32x54 Case separator, with wing feeder, operated by a heavy-geared 22 HP Advance engine. This fine rig is owned and operated by Bill Olander, who with Ermin Morrell organized the first threshing show at Jordan in 1964.

This year, Jim Mollenhauer, a young engineer, was running Mr. Olander's engine. At the moment, his water supply was low. Ermin Morrell said, 'Give these sharp blasts with the whistle'. He did. People ducked and cringed, but it got results. Bill Sebiech, the water supply man, soon arrived with the tank wagon.

Dennis Ames was the engineer on Ermin Morrell's 22 HP Advance engine. This engine came new to Strous ford, N.D. in 1902. Plowing Dakota land, Mr. Morrell's father used the engine when he plowed two sections of land every year for twelve years. In 1964, Mr. Morrell talked with Tony Baumgartner and Jake Bauman, sons of the original first owners, who couldn't believe the engine was still in operation.