Riverbend Steam and Gas Association sawyer

Courtesy of Steve Hinebeck, 8637 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, Michigan 49345.

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Secretary, 8637 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, Michigan 49345

Riverbend Steam and Gas Association sawyer, Lee Scholma, faces a challenge at the show.

The hands of time were rolled back once again at the annual show of the Riverbend Steam and Gas Association of Allendale, Michigan. Located just south of Allendale on Claude Scholma's farm, this show retains the rural atmosphere of times past when the present pieces of antique farm machinery provided the means for achieving America's agricultural greatness.

The Riverbend show prides itself in active displays of nicely restored machinery reminiscent of America's agricultural history. A well-filled program was provided for visitors at the show, which included wheat threshing, sawmilling, grist milling, corn husking, shingle making, stationary baling and a special treat of homemade ice cream provided by the ladies of the club.

Newly restored items are always evident at the show. David Kemler's ground up restoration of a 16 HP Gaar Scott steam traction engine provided smooth power for the sawmill and a 28' Advance Rumely wood thresher. Bud Rosema's newly restored 20-40 opposed cylinder Case tractor just made it in time for its first showing ever. Not to be out done by the men of the club, Mrs. Claude Scholma exhibited a newly restored Huber tractor which even rated a carpet on the deck. Of course, her husband, Claude, had something to do with this restoration.

We thank the Lord for the good weather and we thank Him for keeping the show free from accidents.