2222 92nd Street, Byron Center, Michigan 49315
A sea of red flooded the Lee Scholna farm in Allendale, Michigan, as the International Harvester line of tractors and equipment was featured at the 2000 Riverbend Steam and Gas Show.
The day before the show, Thursday, is always busy, with many exhibitors bringing their equipment in all day long. By Thursday evening, the showground is full and many have set up camp for the night. On Thursday evening this year, we were greeted by a rain shower. It didn't last long, however, and a beautiful rainbow appeared just before sunset. It seemed to be a good sign though, for we had excellent weather during our two day show.
We had a great turnout of IH equipment with over fifty tractors showing up, plus several IHC engines, harvesting machinery and tools.
Tom Rosema's 1921 Titan 10-20 was the oldest IH tractor there. This tractor has been in the community since it was new. Tom bought it at an auction sale several years ago and restored it to running condition. Kevin Cooke brought in a whole line of McCormick-Deering tractors. Kevin took the time to demonstrate many of them on the club's Baker fan. Del Carpenter also showed off his tractor on the Baker fana Farmall Super M powered by LP gas. This tractor has been in his family since it was new. They built a custom-made cab for it. Del told me this tractor has over 25,000 hours on it, and the engine has never been taken apart.
Other IHC machines were in operation. Sharon Schut brought his beautifully restored 6 HP Famous screen-cooled engine. Sharon found this engine years ago in Ontonogan County in the Upper Pennisula at Michigan, on one of his gas engine hunts. It was a junk pile, and the belt pulley was cut off. He eventually did find it at a neighbor's place, and Sharon had it welded back on. He placed it on a cart he found, and it ran like a clock at the show.
Flour Mill built in 1874 owned by Lee Scholma and built by his fathered Claude Scholma. Powered by IH combine engine.
The club's IHC grain binder was exhibited. One family demonstrated an excellent, original condition McCormick-Deering hay loaderpulled it around the grounds several times. Kevin Cooke brought his one-ton 1925 IHC truck in original condition. The club thanks everyone who brought in IHC equipment.
The Friday night and Saturday afternoon tractor pulls are always a great crowd drawer. Radio controlled miniature airplanes are popular, too.
We always have a number of belt-driven machines in operation, both big and small. These included the sawmill, Baker fan, two threshing machines, shingle mill, corn husker, hammer mill, silo filler, and water pumps.
Hench & Dromgold 2 hole wooden corn sheller owned by Rick Gilder and operated by his two children.
Lee Scholna demonstrated his 1874 flour mill, mounted on a wagon and driven by an old IHC combine engine. This rig was built by Lee's father, Claude.
I always bring my two hole wooden corn sheller, built by Hench & Dromgold of York, Pa. I power it with my 1 HP Fairbanks-Morse Type Z engine. This sheller originally belonged to my great-grandfather and then to my great uncle and aunts. When I worked on their farm in the 1970s and 1980s, they still used it, run by a lineshaft and electric motor. After they died, I inherited it, and have been running it at our show ever since. It's always a crowd pleaser, and my children, Lindsey and Jason, love to demonstrate it.
The Riverbend Club wants to thank all the exhibitors who came this past year. Our next show is July 20-21, 2001. We will be featuring the Fordson-Ferguson line of tractors. Hope to see you there! Don't forget to sample the delicious home made ice cream!