Corydon, Iowa 50060
The Ia-Mo, a newly formed Iowa and Missouri Gas Engine and Old Tractor Club went into action for the first time as a Club, July 1, 2, 3, 4, at the Lemons, Missouri Centennial Celebration. Practically all club members were present at sometime or other for this event. I missed this show and had to rely on several of the members for news of this celebration.
There were 32 gas engines on display. Dano Davis and Eso Williamson had their Case steam engine going all the days of this event. Dano, who held down many jobs at this celebration was too busy to operate the engine, so Pearl Binau of Allerton, Iowa came to the rescue. Pearl grew up around steam engines and now though he is retired, is in his second or third childhood (he isn't sure which) going around and operating steam engines at various shows.
The Lemons Parade was over two miles long. Kenny Lupton, the Ia-Mo vice-president was on Channel 3 TV station helping them show the parade. Dano Davis received first prize for his beard. He said he nearly tore it out before the celebration was over.
This celebration was helped out in the gas engine section by several members from the Central Hawkeye Club. The Ries boys from Murray, Iowa were there with nice exhibits. Richard Gladlock from Mendon, Missouri came with a trailer load of engines and Leroy and Shirley Fry from Mendon, Mo. came with a trailer load of old machinery (more about this later). I also heard there were around 160 head of horses in the parade. The Barrackman Brothers from Centerville, Iowa bought a nice cross motor Case tractor to the show which 'konked' out as the parade started.
Howard Ferris of Centerville, Iowa came to the rescue with a GP John Deere and towed it through the parade. After the parade, as you would guess, the cross motor Case started and ran fine. Eso Williamson of Corydon, Iowa took a trailer load of old items to this show. I was able to get a picture of Eso's display here in Corydon. It consisted of an old wooden two-row corn planter, a wheelbarrow seeder, an upright Witte pump engine, pump and water trough and an old hand powered washing machine. I was sorry to miss the show as I know these Missouri people treat you so many different ways. You are sure to be pleased with some of them.
The Ia-Mo club members had only time to catch their breath when it was time to go into action again. This time it was the Elm Grove threshing show July 16 and 17. This show was held at the Bernard Moore Farm, a few miles East of Centerville, Iowa. This show was held on top of a hill in a newly cut hay field. A green corn field on one wide with a touch of golden oat stubble on one end-truely a midwest farm sight at its best. A nice machine shed on this location was used for indoor exhibits. A model steam engine display was shown by Tom Bear of Centerville, Iowa. Ray Ewing of Unionville, Mo. had a large barbed wire collection. Hank Strickler of Centerville displayed his collection of Indian relics. Other exhibits were some exotic poultry by the Darioh Exotic Poultry Farm. I neglected to get their address.
Also old guns and tools were on display. A new hay shed was lined with planks set on concrete blocks, so people could rest for awhile in the shade. An excellent food stand was on hand, going strong with sandwiches and cold pop.
I counted the old tractors in the line-up and totaled 34, but this wasn't ail, as other tractors were running all over the place. In this line-up there were many John Deere and McCormick Deerings, two nice Fordsons, a cross motor Case, a Model T Ford with Smith tractor attachment and a Doodlebug tractor made from a 1916 Buick Car. Thirty years ago, a lot of farmers in this area made these for plowing.
In the old machinery line I counted forty old farm implements. Soon I met the Frys of Mendon, of whom I mentioned before and they had a trailer load of nicely restored farm machinery such as 1 horse cornstalk grain drill and an item that in Kansas we called a sled weeder. Mr. Fry said that down in their country they called them 'Go Devils.' They had many tools etc. all nicely restored. I understand they have one of the finest and largest collections of old horse machinery in the Midwest.
This part of the country used to be dotted with many coal mines and an exhibit I really enjoyed was a section of mine rails with an old mine car on them and the last coal mine pony alive, 'Old Bill', age 32 years.
Going over into the gas engine section, I met the Ries boys from Murry. This kept my record straight, as I have been to a show I didn't see at least one of the Ries. George Archer from Des Moines, Iowa was on hand as was Rich and Pat Parsons from Indianola. Rich displayed some unusual old electric toy engines and Pat, who is the new secretary of Central Hawkeye Club, was handing out membership books for members of the club, and selling the new Hawkeye Club hats and watch fobs. Pat is a great gal and we are sure glad to have her on the team.
Riley Perkins from Unionville brought a Stover 2 HP engine to show. Riley is new to the gas engine game and I think this was his first show.
A number of years ago, I met Don Ellison from Unionville (he is the Ia-Mo club secretary) at a show at the Living History Farms Show at the edge of Des Moines, Iowa. At this time, Don showed an itty-bitty Stover engine. I had an idea then, Don would grow and he did. He showed up at this show with a big Associated 6 HP engine that he had liberated from a blacksmith shop at West-Grove.
I met Max Hammond of Ottumo, Iowa. Max brought a Galloway 3 HP, an International Famous 2 HP and an F-M 2 HP. Max is building a model Rumely Oil Pull.
One of the most unrestored engines I ever saw was a Fuller and Johnson upright pump Jack engine displayed by a Mr. Wilson of Moravia. This old engine looked like it had been used for a boat anchor for the past fifty years, yet it ran beautifully! I hope to meet Mr. Wilson again and learn more about this engine and yes, it was pumping water and the water was rusty too.
Howard Ferris of Centerville brought his 35 HP Reid engine. This came from the oil fields of Oklahoma and at home, Howard runs it on propane. He also brought a Fairbanks Morse 10 HP engine.
The Barrackman Bros, were all over the place doing something. I think the show was held on one of the boys farms last year. Threshing was done with a Case separator owned by Bernard Moore. The separator man was Wendell Innman of Sewol, Iowa. This was like old times to Wendell, as the separator was originally owned by his father.
At times I was there, power was furnished by a 1939 F-20 owned by Jerry Barrackman. There were other engines, that I did not get to meet the owners. There was an Ottaway drag saw working.
Eso Williamson brought his exhibit to this show, but was not on hand Sunday. Eso was stricken with enginitis and antique pox at the same time. He came to the show Saturday for treatment, then went to an antique sale Sunday for further treatment. The way Eso keeps bringing interesting items into our area, we all hope he never gets cured.
I brought my No. 3 grandson, Troy Nickel to this show. This little almost five year old wrangled a ride on Earl Elliot's pony wagon and before I knew what was happening, he was in the parade.
This is the kind of a show you feel at loss to write up. You feel you need a movie camera complete with sound to do the job right. An instamatic camera and a ball point pen doesn't do it justice. This show needs more advertising and I have already gotten out my tom-tom and am sending messages to all of my tribe telling them to get ready for next year.