The Sycamore Show


| July/August 1989



5N330 Petersdorf Road Bartlett, Illinois 60103

The 32nd Annual Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Show was held at the Taylor Marshall Farm, which is located northwest of Sycamore, Illinois on August 1114th. For the second year in a row, rain dampened the soil, but not the spirits, as nearly six inches arrived before opening day. Temperatures lingering around 100 degrees each day tested ones fortitude.

There were a total of 24 steam engines and 127 tractors, consisting of 48 John Deeres, 32 Farmalls, 13 Cases, 10 Allis Chalmers, 8 Minneapolis Molines, 4 Rumely Oil Pulls, 3 Olivers, 2 Caterpillars, 1 John Deere Waterloo Boy, 1 Silver King, 1 Massey Harris, 1 IH Titan, 1 Hough Hyd Shovel, 1 English Fordson and 1 Ford. Bruce Johnson and Roger Dominy were responsible for the line-up and registration of the engines and tractors. A safety meeting was held daily for anyone operating equipment.

Credit goes to Phil Blanchard, Bill Karl, Sr. and crew for a fine job of baling and threshing. Vern Abra-hamson made it possible, with the limited supply of corn that was available, to watch silo filling demonstrations.

The saw mill and shingle mill was a very popular display, as I noted people watching for hours. Butch Malsch claims to have sawed well over 4900 board feet in the four days.

Kathy Weaver, Kay Lootens, Eileen Johnson and helpers are to be acknowledged for the fine job they did with the ladies tent. One could witness rug weaving, basket weaving, chair caning, woodcarving and rope making, while shopping for crafts and gifts.