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The Annual Scott-Carver Show was held August 9th and 10th at the regular show site about two miles from Jordan, Minnesota, a short distance off Highway 169. The weather being favorable, activity was carried on well this year.
Stack threshing with Bill Olander's outfit, a 32x54 Case separator, with wing feeder, and his 22 HP Advance engine under the care of Jim Mollenhour, engineer, was in progress on Saturday, August 9th when I visited the show.
A Gopher thresher, No. 7, was used for some of the threshing, powered by a gas tractor. The gopher threshing machine was built during the 1920's by a company formed at New Prague, Minnesota. Evidently competition with the big companies was too great, so it failed to survive.
Threshing machines owned by the Scott-Carver Association were used on Sunday, being powered by steam engines and gas tractors.
Ralph Kerkow operated a Rosenthal Steel corn shredder with a 10-20 McCormick Deering tractor. Lumber sawing with Rudy Adams in charge, drew the attention of interested spectators. Most of the steam engines including Erwin Morrel's 15 HP Advance ran by Florian C. Karl; Joe Selly with his 22 HP Advance and John Schoening's 50 HP Case took turns on the lumber saw and the threshing machines.
Marvin Boettcher's 30-60 Aultman-Taylor; Roy Pearson's Nichols and Shepard 20-42 HP; and John and son, Bill Shoening with their 35/70 Minneapolis, were available for the heavy belt jobs, or for plowing in the field.
In the field of smaller activity, Herman Pieper of Jordan, was operating a drag saw with an upright small steam engine. Eisner Machacek of Northfield was on hand with his 1915 scale model 65 HP Case. Log sawing, shingle sawing, lathe sawing and feed grinding were in progress.
There was a large exhibit of small gas engines from eight or ten HP to 1-1/2 HP. Several makes of farm tractors were on display. Some small model tractors and miniature cars were on exhibition.
There were some tractors on hand that are really interesting. Frank Boehne always brings his Allis Chalmers, rated 25-40 but he says it has a larger engine and is capable of 50 HP in the belt. Mike Kovich brings his Lawson tractor which he says has developed 60 HP in the belt. Each of these tractors, I would say, would be four plow size. Mike says his Lawson along with a 32 inch thresher were purchased from an individual in the vicinity of Hudson, Wisconsin, by a man who threshed with the rig several seasons in the Jordan locality. He drove the tractor pulling the separator from Hudson, Wisconsin to Jordan, Minnesota. It took him two or three days. Rumor has it that he crossed the old spiral bridge at Hastings, Minnesota in the night. The tractor is on rubber now, but at that time, it was on steel.
At the Scott-Carver show, I met Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pearson, Rt. 2, Shakopee, Minnesota, owners of a 20-42 Nichols & Shepard gas tractor. Mr. Pearson used it many years threshing with a 30 x 52 Red River Special separator.
In the Exhibit building, I was greeted by Ray Lins and Jack Strand, steam engineers in charge of half a dozen stationary engines. One was a 36 HP Atlas engine in fine condition; a James Leffel 42 HP, 165 RPM, has a 10.5 inch bore and a 12 inch stroke. Ray Lins is the owner.
Another engine in this collection is a small upright owned by Erwin Morell. Another is a Buffalo Forge engine built at Buffalo, New York. There is also a 5 HP James Leffel, 250 RPM. The last we came to was a 12 HP Troy engine, 250 RPM. It was used to power stokers in Hibbing High School prior to 1930. Steam for these engines comes from a 30 HP boiler installed in a shed built on to the building. Ralph Harvey is the blacksmith and has a shop complete with a line-shaft.
Quilt making and soap making were demonstrated. In a smaller new building, antiques were for sale. Bill Dey and son, Darrel, showed a 1/3 scale 65 HP Case.
The Anoka Engine Club, George Benson told me, has a membership of 85 members. They brought an 8 HP Case traction engine, restored by Henry Lahr, St. Cloud, Minnesota, a club member. Russel Persain was the engineer. The Anoka Engine Club also showed a halfdozen tractors and quite a display of small gas engines.
I met, or rather renewed acquaintance, with Reuben Olander of Minneapolis. He attends several shows and likes to pitch bundles.
I enjoyed a chat with Reuben Boettcher who was general overseer of the show.
I met Mark Alexander of Dundas, Minnesota. He attends several shows; some of them by plane. He operates a lumber sawing business, cutting wood into any dimensions. He is the engineer and owner of a 210 HP steam engine, so he should have power to spare.
The Stage Coach Fast Draw Club of Shakopee staged shoot outs at various times during the day. They carried heavy six-guns on their hips, I suppose similar to the heavy colt revolvers the Jesse James gang carried when they tried to rob the Northfield bank almost one hundred years ago. Fortunately, the shells they fired at each other were blanks, so no one was hurt. Last year they brought a cannon which they fired at intervals, shaking up the countryside.
Music always gives any show a lift, and Harold Koerner of Minneapolis, entertained both days with a Lowry organ. He played numerous requests.
It was by chance that I saw Bill Olander and Erwin Morrell together and they told me about the way they staged the first Steam Show held at Jordan in 1964. Their equipment used, included two 22 HP Advance engines, as they each owned one. The threshing machine used was Erwin's Buffalo Pitts Niagara Second, 36 inch cylinder. All bundle wagons, there were 3, and a grain wagon, were drawn with heavy draft horses weighing a ton each. No tractors were allowed. Fifteen hundred people came the day they threshed. One interested man who came was the late Joseph T. Rynda, 'Steam Engine Joe'. People came from the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin. The show was held two consecutive years. Both years in the evening, following the show, a banquet was held in the Masonic Hall, in Jordan sponsored by the Eastern Star. Even though the show was not a financial success, Mr. Olander and Mr. Morrell are proud of the fact that they promoted the first Steam Show in the Scott-Carver locality (Scott and Carver Counties). Later the Scott-Carver Old Threshers Association and Gas and Steam Festival was organized. It is a growing show with much activity.