The Second Annual Old Timers Reunion


| May/June 1975

  • A Frick 8-1/2 X 10
    Courtesy of James S. Ferree, Jr., The Old Time Historical Association, Box 70, Climax, North Carolina 27233.
    James S. Ferree
  • 65 H.P Case
    Courtesy: Bernard Hines, 7197 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410
    Bernard Hines
  • The Hamilton Missouri Steam Show
    Courtesy: Bernard Hines, 7197 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410
    Bernard Hines
  • Case engine
    Courtesy of Escher Fenske, Route 3, Blue Earth, Minnesota
    Escher Fenske
  • Frick thresher and engine
    J. S. Ferree, Sr.,'s Frick thresher and engine threshing rye
  • Fine ladies demonstrating the old art of making butter
    Some fine ladies demonstrating the old art of making butter [where's the churn?]
  • The five Reeves Steamers
    Courtesy of Arlo Jurney, F3 Kingsland TR. Crt, 520 75 Aue. S.W., Calgary Alberta, T2V OS2
    Arlo Jurney
  • Jack Johnson
    Jack Johnson with his Frick 6-3/4 X 9 D.C. belted to the sawmill.
  • A good shot of a little old time clogging
    A good shot of a little old time clogging.
  • J.S. Ferree, Sr. cutting rye with a binder'
    J.S. Ferree, Sr. cutting rye with a binder
  • Robert Fields baling straw with his horsepower baler
    Courtesy of James S. Ferree, Jr., The Old Time Historical Association, Box 70, Climax, North Carolina 27233
    James S. Ferree

  • A Frick 8-1/2 X 10
  • 65 H.P Case
  • The Hamilton Missouri Steam Show
  • Case engine
  • Frick thresher and engine
  • Fine ladies demonstrating the old art of making butter
  • The five Reeves Steamers
  • Jack Johnson
  • A good shot of a little old time clogging
  • J.S. Ferree, Sr. cutting rye with a binder'
  • Robert Fields baling straw with his horsepower baler

North Carolina 27233

The second annual Old Timers Reunion Show was held July 6 and 7, 1974 by the Old Time Historical Association at their showgrounds in Climax, North Carolina.

Saturday, July 6, 1974 began with rain which fortunately lasted only a short time and then we had sunshine for the rest of the two day show.

More than ten thousand people from as far away as California attended this year's show. The rain probably cut our attendance by 25% in quantity but not in quality. A finer group of people I've never seen at any show. They behaved well and enjoyed themselves.



Jack Johnson of Siler City, North Carolina was here again this year with his excellent Frick 6-3/4 x 9 double cylinder traction engines, ser. #23176. Jack acquired his engine from Albert Cooper of Maryland a while back and takes good care of it. Jack got the show off to a good start by belting up to our Moffit sawmill and several Old Timers took turns at the level to saw a nice pile of lumber. We had plenty of good logs and the sawmill was running most of the time! Our Moffit sawmill was manufactured in Sanford, North Carolina, many years ago and we have it set up permanently under a shed. The mill has been restocked and is in excellent condition.

Then came the wheat threshing with Mr. J.S. Ferree, Sr., 80 years young, setting up his Frick all steel machine and Frick 8-1/2 x 10 portable engine. His grandson Donald Neal Ferree was his engineer. Mr. 'J. S.,' as his friends call him, still enjoys threshing and hearing the steam engines work. Donald Ferree is only 21 but he is already a very good engineer even down to refluing boilers.