Interstate 94

Crowd at Rogers threshing show

Courtesy of Walter Dehn, Anoka Engine Club, Rodgers, Minnesota 55374

Walter Dehn

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Anoka Engine Club, Rodgers, Minn 55374

July, 1971; this was the year bulldozers began to clear the way for a freeway 94 by Rogers, Minnesota. A 1927 20-inch McCormick threshing machine was in the way. Adrean Milliss, whose farm it was on, and myself, a neighbor, started to rescue the small separator from the trees, about 4 inches in diameter, which had grown through the wheels. We decided to restore the thresher and in a month we had our first threshing show. In September 1972, we had our second show with a steam engine to run the thresher. In 1973 and also in 1974 the show started to grow. And the Anoka Engine Club was our sponsor.

This club has about 80 members and is very active. It has about 60% of its members at each monthly meeting.

Our show is called the Rogers Steam Threshing Show. About 5 thousand people attended the 1974 show. Five steam engines were on hand this year. A 25-85 Minneapolis owned by Joe Logas and with the help of Russ Persian of Buffalo. Joe or 'Engine Joe' also has a 16 horse Advance and a miniature Case steam engine.

John Shoening of Mound had this 50 horse Case engine. George Bensen and Charles Wokson were there with a 20 horse Advance Rumbley.

I had a 45 Case steam engine and a 9 horse model Case engine. Ron Westphael of Elk River had his 1916-35-70 tractor, a 2 cylinder 1910-30-60 Hart Parr and a 1916-15-30 1 cylinder Rumley Oil Pull along with several large gas engines. Jack Dahlheimer had his 20 in. hand feed, about 1890 separator, called Favorite, made in Pennsylvania.

There was a 20 cylinder Mc-Cormick thresher owned by Adrean Milliss and a 28 cylinder John Deere and a Huber of mine there.

Pictured is a 25 horse Minneapolis. Owned by Joe Logas of Buffalo, Minnesota. Also homemade wood splitter.

Crowd at Rogers threshing show. Also 30-60 Hart Parr owned by Ronald Westphael, Elk River, Minnesota.

John and Ralph Altenwig and Ernest and Marvin Zoppi had their portable log sawing machines sawing logs during the two days.

We also had about 30 tractors; a8-16-1916 Int. owned by Ray Harris of St. Louis Park; a John Deere by Rick Buratto of Long Lake; a 20-40-1913 opposed Case and a 10-20-1914 Mogul 12-24 Waterloo Boy owned by Ron Westphael and myself. There was also 1926 2 cylinder Hart Parr 1928 20-30 Rumely Oil Pull; an Allis Chalmers 1918 Titan, 1920 Cletrac; also Marvin Zoppi was there with his Farmall with a mounted cross log saw.

Karl Marquart of Minneapolis had his shingle mill, and John Bensen of Deephaven, president of the club, had his 1911 Maxwell Car.

Ron Wetter of Hanover brought a 1928-15 horse Caterpillar tractor. Wetter was elected President of the National Early Day Gas Engine Club which had three annual meetings at our show.

The Anoka Gas Engine Club had over 100 gas engines, all in running order, there with their owners.

Joe Ondarlo had his model T Ford truck and 1928 Dodge car at the show.

Wagon rides were given to the children with the small steam Case engines. Space does not give all due credit to all who helped make the show a great success.

A parade of all the moving engines, steam and gas, old cars and trucks, was held each day at 2 o'clock. Lunch and beverages were served on the grounds.