Whopping Good Show


| November/December 1975

  • Steam Engine and Steel Separator
    A Steam Engine and Steel Separator for $880. 6 HP engine, 18 brake HP, $500. 18 x 36 in. Steel Separator with Hand Feed Attachment and Folding Stacker, $380. J. I. Case Threshing Machine Co., Incorporated, Racine. Wisconsin. [Would someone know the year o
    Ward F. Bruhn
  • Trailer load of gas engines
    Is Wayne Holder of Leon, Iowa and his trailer load of gas engines. These shots are all from the Leon, Iowa threshing show. Courtesy of Art Dickey, 206 W. Anthony, Corydon, Iowa 50060
    Art Dickey
  • Keck Gonnerman 22 HP traction engine
    Keck Gonnerman 22 HP traction engine owned and operated by Paul Crump, R.R. 4, Paris, Kentucky 40361. Paul is Vice president of Central Kentucky Steam & Gas Engine Assn. Photo by Jodie Watkins, Paris, Kentucky 40361. Courtesy of Ted Wiseman, 384 Wincheste
    Ted Wiseman
  • Port Huron engine
    Port Huron engine threshing at Central Kentucky Steam and Gas Engine Show in July 1974. Engine is owned by Frank Hamilton, Millersburg, Kentucky 40348. Photo by Jodie Watkins, Paris, Kentucky 40361. Courtesy of Ted Wiseman, 384 Winchester Street, Paris, K
    Ted Wiseman
  • Boxx Potato Digger
    A real antique in good shape - an 1895 Boxx Potato Digger. I have searched all over the United States in every museum I know of and I have never seen one like it. [Anyone out in ALBUM LAND see any like this one before? - or does anybody else have one?] Co
    Harold M. Yeany
  • Tozer engine
    This is Edgar Smith's Tozer engine he bought in South Carolina and restored it to good running condition. It makes a great show piece. Courtesy of Ray Meacham, Route 1, Ray, Ohio 45672.
    Ray Meacham
  • Samson truck
    Is a 1922 or 1923 Samson truck owned by Harry Olsen
  • Nichols Shepard steam engine
    Is Maxwell Bros, of Ridgeway, Missouri - their Nichols Shepard steam engine
  • Little Giant hand operated hay press
    Is Dewayne Vaughn of Lamoni, Iowa - his Little Giant hand operated hay press.
  • Case steamer
    Is Jim Smith [second from right] and his Case steamer
  • Aultman Taylor steam engine
    Is Evert Anderson and sons, Lee and John, from Humeston, Iowa with their Aultman Taylor steam engine.
  • Pitchers at work
    Pitchers at work
  • Ted Groves and Cindy Fowler
    Shows Ted Groves and Cindy Fowler with Maxwell Bros. grown steam engine. This was Ted's and Cindy's first time at a threshing show
  • Mule and sweep grinder
    Is a mule and sweep grinder

  • Steam Engine and Steel Separator
  • Trailer load of gas engines
  • Keck Gonnerman 22 HP traction engine
  • Port Huron engine
  • Boxx Potato Digger
  • Tozer engine
  • Samson truck
  • Nichols Shepard steam engine
  • Little Giant hand operated hay press
  • Case steamer
  • Aultman Taylor steam engine
  • Pitchers at work
  • Ted Groves and Cindy Fowler
  • Mule and sweep grinder

206 W. Anthony, Cory don, Iowa 50060

The Decatur County Threshing Show, Aug. 9-19, at Leon, la. was a whopping good steam threshing show. I think this show was sponsored by the Decatur County Historic 1 Society. Over the past few years, this show has been on farms, etc., but this year it was moved to the Fairgrounds at the north edge of Leon and this was a good move.

Three steam engines were each hooked up to a separator. Steam Engine enthusiast, Jim Smith, was there with his Case steamer. Jim is from Garden Grove, in., a small town not too far from Leon. Evert Anderson and sons, Lee and John brought their Aultman Taylor steam engine and the Maxwell Bros, from Ridgeway, Missouri, were there with a Nichols Shepehard engine and a small one about ? grown that was homemade; a little nice engine.

Behind the straw pile was an old Model D John Deere tractor, painted like new, running I think, a John Deere hand tie baler. At one time, also, the Maxwell Bros, small steam engine took a turn on this. Then along with the Power baler was a hand operated baler, owned and operated by Dewayne Vaughn of Lamoni, la. Dewayne would throw in a few fork fulls of straw and then work a big wooden lever, then some more straw and finally there was a bale of straw. The old name on this baler was still good. It said, 'Little Giant Hay and Paper Press', patented July 1900.



As I saw it while there Sunday afternoon, the grain was going into a nice repainted farm wagon, but there was a 1922 or 1923 Samson truck on hand, if needed. This truck is owned by Harry Olsen of Garden Grove. Rollie Fight was taking care of this truck. In fact, it seemed to me like, Rollie was all over. As I was leaving, he was running a Moline tractor, the kind that had the big drive wheels in front. I know Rollie is one of the pushers in the Decatur Historical Society.

Lots of gas engines showed up even Dana Davis from Unionville, Mo. Dana had a single wheel garden tractor that he said a man in Centerville, la. gave around five hundred and eighty-five dollars for, years ago. This seems hard to believe when we can all remember when the old Fordson tractor sold for around four hundred ninety-five dollars plus freight.