President Marion Co. Steam & Gas Engine Society 85 Cleveland Ave., Marion, Ohio 43302
The old saying 'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow' might well be applied to the 12th annual Marion Co. Steam and Gas Engine Show to be held this year, June 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1989 at the Marion Co. Fairgrounds, Marion, Ohio. The tractor and equipment featured for the 11th annual show held last June was Co op, Cockshutt and Blackhawk lines. This particular tractor was chosen due partly to the special interest of charter member Bob Schwaderer and another club member, Andy Appelfeller. The paths of these two men crossed when they were just young. Bob's father, Walter, was owner/operator of the Cockshutt dealership in LaRue, Ohio. Andy's father purchased several pieces of Cockshutt equipment from Schwaderer Farm Equipment. Over the years, many of these were traded off for newer equipment. The Cockshutt 570 was the one remembered most by Andy, who had to search over 6 months before locating it in a barn, seemingly waiting for a trip to the junkyard. This 570 has been completely restored and repainted to showroom quality or better.
This tractor was on display at the 1988 show. A great deal of interest evolved from the Cockshutt display, including several visitors from Canada who had worked in the factory. Plans were laid then and there for the 1989 show to be an international show. Cockshutt family members and dealers are expected this year. At this writing (January), collectors from 15 states have stated they plan to come and display their equipment.
Of special interest will be the Appelfeller Cockshutt 580 Super which will be on display. This prototype (of which there were very few made), may be the only one known to exist. Andy Appelfeller had just purchased the tractor in June of 1988 and it was shown in its rough state. Restoration has gone on all year and it will be proudly displayed in its mint condition this year.
The Marion club has reached agreement with the Ertl Company, Dyersville, Iowa, to build a 1/16 scale die cast replica of the 580 Super. These models will be available at the show or by advance order. They will be limited to a production of 3,000 and will bear the inscription 'International Cockshutt Show, June 1989, Marion, Ohio'. Information regarding ordering these can be secured from Schwaderer or the club president (see the advertisement in this issue or in Coming Events April, May, or June).
Equipment to be exhibited (so far) at the show includes: Co-ops #1, #2, #3, C, E3, B2, and one of the first Co-ops built by Huber. Also Cockshutt 80, 20, 30, 30D, 35, and Black hawk 35. There will be a Golden Arrow, Cockshutt, and Blackhawk Golden Eagles, 40, 40D, 50D, 540, 550, 560, 570, 570 Gas, 570 Super and the infamous 580 Super. Cockshutt implements you can expect to see include plows, discs, 2- and 4-row corn planters, wagon, forage harvester, silo blower, and a pull-type combine. If you have any of the above, please bring yours too, or if you have any models not mentioned, please help us have a full line. We need models built by Oliver and Hart-Parr painted red.
Other features will be a toy farm machinery display, a reproduction of a Cockshutt dealership, a parts corral with many Cockshutt parts books, manuals, and used parts as well as other makes.
The Marion Co. Show has become known as the 'Home of the Huber', and the question may be raised as to why all the interest internationally on the Cockshutt. The Co-op Company, located in nearby Bellevue, Ohio, was purchased by the Cockshutt Co. in 1952, and thereafter sold under the Cockshutt name. The first Co-op tractor was built in Marion by the Huber Company. Therefore Hubers will still be seen at the '89 show along with all the other tractors, steam engines, and gas engines which are such an important part of the Marion Co. Steam & Gas Engine Show.
The antique tractor pull will be held on Saturday, June 17, with plans being discussed for light weight classes on Thursday of the show this year. New features planned for this year include a steam table, the miniature displays, and the parts corral. Other regular features are the fiddlers contest, the kiddie tractor pull, slow race, belt-up and starting contests and Sunday morning church services. The vintage motorcycle display, which has been in existence for three years, will again be part of the activities, in addition to the availability of good food, flea markets, and generally good fellowship to be shared by all.