President, Owensville Threshers Assn.
Owensville Threshers Association takes this means of welcoming you to their annual reunions, put on in the spirit of a day gone by, a day when people had time for one another.
It is in the spirit and remembrance of these days that this association was formed in July, 1962. We are a nonprofit association.
We readily admit that we are not professional showmen, so if we pull a few boo-boos, perhaps they too will be amusing and entertaining. We intend to give you more show for your money than you are accustomed to.
We started our show with the Gasconade County Fair in August, 1962. We had three steam engines; two were owned by Roy Alexander of Bourbon, Missouri: one was an Aultman-Taylor which was operated by Floyd Ruesan, the other was a Greyhound operated by Roy himself. The third was a 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman owned and operated by John Holiday of Wellsville, Missouri. Also there was a sawmill owned by Frank Scego of Owensville, Missouri; a Keck-Gonnerman tractor owned by Floyd Schlottog of Bland, Missouri; an 8-16 International tractor owned by Ferd Aufder Heide of Owensville, Missouri; a 22-36 tractor owned by Ed Roethemeyer of Owensville; a Twin City tractor owned by Ervin Schneider of Owensville; and a number of old gas engines. One model engine was shown by Paul Heidbrink also of Owensville. Two loads of wheat furnished by Floyd Schlottog were threshed by a threshing machine furnished by John Roethemeyer. They were assisted by members Ed Roethemeyer and Jim and August Wacker.
Our main objective in having this show is to let the 'youngsters' see the 'oldsters' demonstrate how these old steam tractor engines were used to supply the power for plowing, threshing, sawing, grinding, etc.
Old-timers will tell you that the threshing of wheat and oats were the good old days.
Many hours of work by members have gone into the restoration of these steam engines so that you could see and enjoy some of their performances, which are now a thing of the past.