I want everyone in engine land to know that the Old Timers of Xenia, Ohio, are alive and well. The Sept. 28-30, 2001, reunion of gas engines and old tractor people in southern Ohio was very successful. If you remember, on Sept. 20, 2000, an F4 tornado hit the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia and destroyed the fairgrounds - we had no show. With the help of many people, the fair board and other governmental agencies, the fairgrounds have been rebuilt. The trees are gone, but the new buildings are beautiful - and the weather was perfect.
The featured tractor was John Deere, and as expected many were present. I brought a 1938 John Deere E 1-1/2 HP stationary engine, a 1979 John Deere 214 lawn and garden tractor and a 1951 John Deere LUC combine engine to the show.
A lot of equipment was already in place when I arrived, and a large blue and white tent was full of special John Deere wagons, tractors, toy tractors and a special 1939 Ford Model A pickup truck. Also in the tent was a restored buggy, a 1946 John Deere BO Lindeman crawler, a 1955 John Deere 40 high crop, a John Deere Model H, a 1918 Model R Waterloo Boy and the one-of-a-kind John Deere experimental 101 tractor made between 1941 and 1945.
On Friday I counted 57 IHC tractors, ranging from about 1920 through the early 1960s. I could not count all the John Deere tractors present -I would think over 200 were there.
The garden tractor display was well represented, with over 100 tractors, rototillers and other small items shown. One gentleman had a great display of John Deere patio tractors in their original colors.
Russell Luse and crew shredded corn and threshed wheat, and each day somebody else would belt their tractor to the different machines, including a 1920 16 HP Huber steam engine that powered the thresher one day.
Bill Finkbone had his portable sawmill working all three days, and a different tractor was used to saw wood every day, the person supplying the trees getting their wood sawed free.
The 2000 show was supposed to feature New Holland engines, and Bill Jones and Walt Saylor had many New Holland engines running this year, including a 1916 5 HP, 1915 2 HP and a 1914 1/2 HP. Also on display was a 1920 10 HP IHC engine, weighing in at a hefty 2,200 pounds. The gentleman who owned this engine had a really nice 1914 Booster IHC engine, originally used for power in a train workman's small work car.
In addition to being the featured tractor, John Deere was also the featured engine. I put my 1938 1-1/2 HP Series E engine on display with another man's small-scale, working 1-1/2 HP John Deere E engine positioned in front. The biggest engine at the show was a really neat 50 HP 1923 Fairbanks-Morse, and another gentleman had a pair of 1929 2 HP Jaeger engines running, one powering an old cement mixer.
Although John Deere tractors were the most numerous, many other makes were present, and I know the following were represented: Allis-Chalmers, Avery, Cockshutt, Oliver, Ford, Massey-Harris, Massey Ferguson, Farmall, IHC, Caterpillar, McCormick-Deering, Minneapolis Moline, Case, Ferguson and Huber. I think my inventory is accurate, I'm sorry if I left any out. The Old Timers 2002 show tractor was present, and a 1953 Cockshutt 20 will be raffled off at the 2002 show.
Bigger is not always better, but the Old Timers had a great display, and with so many different attractions nobody could go away discouraged. The cost was $2, and Friday was senior citizen day, allowing half-price entry for senior citizens. If you are in southern Ohio the last weekend of September 2002, please come to the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio - you will be impressed.
Contact engine enthusiast Ken Butterworth at: 2821 Wilmington Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036, (513) 932-1837, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org