Warren County Old Threshers Association Opens Agricultural Heritage Museum

Warren County Old Threshers club members

Some of the club members who participated in the move, from left: Ken Bruning, Clarence Oberhellmann, Ray Twillman, Clarence Sprick, Jim Bruning, and president Bill Herbel. Others not pictured include Ed Catron, Gene Lapointe and Bob Shilharvey.

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Sec., 1532 N. Highway 47, Marthasville, Missouri 63357

The Warren County Old Threshers Association is pleased to announce its Agricultural Heritage Museum opened May 30, 1994.

Chairperson Kenneth Bruning reported that equipment was moved into the museum in the fall of '93. Some equipment had to be moved from the property of Clarence Oberhellmann, who donated the majority of the antique machinery. The Threshers purchased a 45 HP Case traction engine in 1992. Separators, binders and various other machinery have been donated since the Threshers Association was started in 1977.

The museum building was built in 1992 from funds which were donated and monies from club projects. The building is 60 feet x 110 feet, and is full of machinery. A concrete floor will be poured as money becomes available.

Inventory runs the gamut from hand tools to the 45 HP Case. A quick rundown of equipment consists of the 45 HP traction engine, separators, binders, saw mill, 27 tractors, 25 engines, five garden tractors plus other small items too numerous to list.

Some interesting tractors are a Cletrac, a Clark Dozer used during World War Two, General, Avery and Leader. The engines run from John Deere to Stover. The most interesting piece is a self-propelled saw rig powered by a 4 HP Famous engine. All this and the remainder of the machinery should be seen. We hope to see you this year.

The museum is located in Warrenton on Palmyra Road, which intersects Route 'W' that comes off of Route 47 at Warrenton. For additional information, write: Warren County Old Threshers Assn., 1394 Palmyra Road, Warrenton, Missouri 63383 or phone Gene Lapointe at 314-433-5600 before 9:00 p.m. Central Time.