THE WICHITA SHOW


| May/June 1960



PART I

The 1959 Antique Engine and Thresher Show is history and presents some interesting and worthwhile data. The program presented had its usual good timing and followed along the intended schedule.

The featured events surrounded the main triple threshing exhibit in the center of the field. This consisted of threshing with Harold Ottaway's Avery Yellow-Fellow Thresher, an old style hand feed machine, and with a model rig. Mr. V. H. Stroud provided the oats for threshing. The usual thrills and memories of sawmilling were provided by a s awmill operating almost continuously nearby. The sawmill was operated during the show by Buck Spencer of Newton, Kansas, who also did much work for the show weeks before it opened. He is a great Steam enthusiast and has had many years of experience in cabs of Santa Fe locomotives.

Around the sides of the main open field were a number of fine models, steaming about the grounds, giving rides to the children and attracting the attention of everyone. The models made their headquarters under the shade of a large tree next to the road leading about 100 feet to the hill climbing event. Mr. Jack Kaurer of Wichita was in charge of the model portion of the show. The hill climbing event took place in a beautiful wooded part of the Ottaway 's park at a spot where only 10 days earlier had been a ravine and lots of trees. The week before, Harold Ottaway provided for a bulldozer and Amos Rixmann operated it to first clear part of the area and then build two inclines with different grade angles. Many yards of earth were moved to build the two inclines approximately 15 feet high vertical distance. The steepest of the two grades was approximately the same as the standard built-up wooden ones officially used in this famous event during the first quarter of the century. The second and adjacent grade had a lesser angle and any engine with cleats could negotiate it, while the steep one was used only by Mr. E. C. Macmillan himself. At the top was a large level area built up for the engines to stand.

Although 'Big Mac' was ill about a year ago, he did his usual SPLENDID job on the incline! Using Harold Otta-way's 50 Case he performed all the feats, as in years gone by, using this earthen incline. It is wonderful to see the excellent traction a good cleated wheel has on packed earth. Mac's control was perfect all the time! This performance was a beautiful sight under the huge trees surrounding the area of the incline.

Mac asked George Jackson of Ft. Scott, Kansas, to take over part of the time this year and George did a very good job.