Threshing At The Farm Progress Show

| January/February 1959

YOUNG AND OLD STEAM fans and those just curious gathered around the threshing demonstrations conducted September.-24th and 25th under the supervision of the Illiana Steam and Hobby Club at the sixth annual Prairie Farmer Farm Progress Show which is called the 'World's Fair of Agriculture' held south of Brookston, Indiana.

The members who furnished exhibits to thresh the wheat were: Leonard Mann, 40 hp. Case; Glen Brutus, 18 hp. under mounted Avery; Davis Sullivan, 9 hp. Case; John Sundquist, Keck-Gonnerman separator. Those furnishing models were: Charles Jakes, test plot thresher built for Purdue University; Robert Smith, engine and water wagon, Ottawa corn sheller; Jay Penn, Reeves 4 hp and Reeves hp; Carter Dalton, Case and water wagon. Walter Thacker attracted a lot of attention with his 1910 Maxwell. Ernest Cox and his son George helped engineer the show.

The threshing was a great contrast to the rest of the Show which feature the latest machinery in action, the newest livestock and poultry feeding equipment and 158 different kinds of hybrid corn along with all kinds of fertility treatment.

Almost 200,000 attended the Show and about 400 Flying Farmers flew in. Thousands went through the new split-level home completely furnished. The women enjoyed the cooking demonstrations and style shows.

Friends from many other Steam Clubs in other states came up to the engines to visit. Camera fans were on top of all the trucks taking pictures. The making of new steam friends and the renewing of old friendships is half the fun. Rumor has said that the show next year will be held in Iowa.

I think it would be appropriate if you would tell your many readers about the article in the September, 1958 'Popular Mechanics' on page 105. The title is 'Festival of The Iron Men'. There are 10 pictures in color and 5 in black and white. The photos are by A. M. Wettach and the article is written by Clifford B. Hicks.