Dodge County Antique Power Club Features Massey-Harris

Threshing winter wheat

Threshing winter wheat with a 1935 McCormick-Deering 10-20 owned by Harris Ferch of Brandon, Wisconsin, supplying the power.

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The Dodge County Fairgrounds at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin was the site of an interesting gathering of Massey-Harris collectors and their machines last August 1 and 2. The Dodge County Antique Power Club put on its 24th annual show at the fairgrounds and the featured attraction was Massey-Harris, Wallis and Massey-Ferguson tractors and equipment.

The Dodge County group's show was very successful, with a record number of exhibitors (about 260) from all over Wisconsin. There were also exhibitors from Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, and Washington. General attendance was about 3300, rain showers Sunday morning held down numbers a little but still a nice crowd.

All weekend, winter wheat was threshed with two separators using both steam and gas power. There were also treasure hunts for the kids in the straw pile.

Plenty of logs were sawed at the sawmill, under the supervision of sawyer Marvin Rustad of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.

Red cedar logs were converted into shingles at the shingle mill which was powered by an Oil Pull, both owned by Rudy Schmied of Watertown.

Saturday evening, an antique tractor pull, overseen by club president Henry Sillman, got under way in front of the grandstand. There were about 90 pullers participating. Sunday afternoon a slow race was also run in front of the grandstand.

Three steam engines were at the show this year. These were a 65 HP Case owned by Bill Lanzendorf of Beaver Dam, an 80 HP Nichols and Shepard owned by Jim Tesch of Lake Mills, and a 75 HP Baker owned by Wes Seyfert of Germantown.

The tractor rows get longer every year. This year about 140 old timers of all makes and models were on display.

The club owns an ancient wooden Belle City separator with hand feed and a straw carrier. Sunday afternoon this old relic was put to work threshing out some winter wheat. It was powered by a 10 HP Sandwich gas engine.

Wayne and Jim Kassube of Lake Mills put on an interesting display using corn held over from the previous year. The corn was run through a husker-shredder and the stalks baled with an IHC stationary baler.

Plenty of gas engines, a farm toy show, tractor parade, flea marketers, corn roast and all the other things necessary for a threshing show were all there.

The Massey feature turned out very well, with 32 individual exhibitors showing over 40 tractors and several gas engines. The classic Masseys were well represented with Pony, Pacer, Mustang, 81, 22, 101, 30, 33, 333, 44, 444, 55, and 555 models on display. The older Masseys were also represented by several Pacemakers and Challengers, a Model 25, and two four wheel drive GPs. A couple of Wallis tractors and a pair of Massey-Fergusons rounded out the display. All in all not a bad showing, considering Massey-Harris isn't a numerous brand in this area.

Highlights of the Massey display included: Fred Kolb of Blanchardville with a pair of M-H gas engines earning their keep running a corn shelter and a burr mill; Gerald Popp of West Allis brought a big 6 HP M-H engine; Ken and Al Cascaddan brought a Massey 81 and a Pony all the way from Lapeer, Michigan; Mike Popp of Franksville brought a rare 81 standard, Alan Painter of Redmund, Washington brought a 1931 GP four wheel drive which he was hauling home after buying it in Michigan; George Paddock of Black Earth displayed another four wheel drive GP on steel; Rudy Schmied of Watertown belted his model 25 to one of the separators and threshed out a lot of winter wheat.

The Antique Power Club did a brisk business selling raffle tickets on a nice running little Massey 22. The raffle was drawn in October at the club's banquet. The tractor was won by Milt Blumenberg of Waterloo.

Next year, for its 25th anniversary the Dodge County Antique Power Club will feature that obscure green line known as John Deere. That show will be August 7 and 8, 1993.