Whopping Good Show

| November/December 1975

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.


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