Quiet Time

1 hp. Jaeger

Courtesy of John M. Hamilton, 2015 Arthur Ave., Charleston, Illinois 61920.

John M. Hamilton

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Ramona, S. D. 57054

It is quiet now at Prairie Village 2 miles west of Madison, South Dakota, but it wasn't on the last week end of August 1968 when the Prairie Historical Club had their annual Threshing Jamboree. This is where engines large and small, gas and steam engines puffed, tooted and barked all over the place, from a sawmill and the engine that ran it that were no more than 2 feet long to the full-sized giants like the Big 4 30 hp., the Minneapolis 35-70 and the steamers of all sizes Case, Nichols, Aultman-Taylors, etc.

On the Prairie Village grounds people enjoyed touring the restored log cabin, the country school house with school in session, the sod house furnished as houses were at the turn of the century, riding the steam merry-go-round, and on Sunday attending church service at the Prairie Village Church as they did each Sunday morning through summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They enjoyed Minature Land where the model sawmills, threshing machines, and steam engines were in operation. The Gas Engine Area was busy where the one-lungers popped, and barked. There was every thing from a restored vertical Maytag to a 20 H. P. Foos. At this show everything has to be in running condition to be exhibited.

The full-sized sawmill and the shingle mill were in operation every day, making boards, shingles and sawdust.

Grain was threshed every day with machines of all sizes.

Plowing was also done every day with an 8 bottom plow and the big gas and steam tractors.

Each day a parade was held with all the tractors (that had operators, many operators owned more than one engine) taking part. More than 50 tractors ran in the parade each day. More would have run if there had been more operators. Also in the parade were bundle wagons and saddle horses.

Yes, it is quiet at Prairie Village now, but things will come to life again and on the last weekend in August the big show will be held. There will be smoke, steam, gas, and oil, the whistles, the bark of the big engines and the pop of the little ones. See you there!

Anyone know what this thing is?? It is a mud-dobber's nest. This home for wayward wasps is now completely restored by Roy Goble of Charleston, Illinois. It is a 1? hp. Jaeger, off of a concrete mixer.