Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Assoc.


Gas engines and grindstone

Courtesy of Russell Moss, Hamilton, Missouri 64644.

Russell Moss

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569 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Ferndale, Washington 98248.

It was a cool, brisk August 26th when the Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Assoc. set out to put on their first Threshing Bee. This was all going to take place in the little town of Lynden, Washington which is located ten miles from the Northwest corner of the U. S.

Preparation for the big show started early that morning with Bill Molden-hauer and Howard Blankenforth stoking up their Steam Engines. Most of the machinery was brought the night before the show but some of the tractors were brought in early that morning and lined neatly along the fence.

The gates opened at 8:00 A. M. and the people streamed in. Both young and old were interested in the new event as there were people of all ages present. It was fun to see the older men get together and talk about old times. Their eyes sparkled as they each told their story.

The day started with Bill Molden-hauer lining his 1908 Aultman & Taylor Steamer up with the 30' Wood Bros. Threshing Machine owned by Doug Van Lant. After a lot of backing up and going ahead they finally felt they had it lined up, even though some of the retired farmers were willing to argue that point. Howard Blankenforth then set up his 1916 Avery Yellow Kid Threshing Machine and several different tractor owners lined their entry up to it and tried to run it.

Bundle wagon after bundle wagon was pulled up to each Separator with different people taking their turn at pitching. We had no trouble keeping someone on the wagon at all times. Adding greatly to the show were the two teams of horses pulling bundle wagons up to the Threshing Machines. The teams were owned by Cornie Verduin and John Korthuis.

The John Deere Stationary Baler owned by Dwayne Dunlap seemed to keep a crowd around it all day long. Many tractors tested their power by running the old Baler for awhile. A few more nice displays were those of Maurice Beld and the Postma Bros, with each displaying 3 tractors and a few pieces of machinery.

We were told it was noon by the blowing of the whistles, and everything was shut down for lunch. Two different groups took charge of feeding the people by opening stands on the grounds, and they did a fine job.

At 1:00 sharp a parade was formed which ran around the grounds. There were about 30 entries in all with several tractors pulling different pieces of machinery. The announcer, Dick Vellema, described each entry giving the year and model of each. He also did a fine job the rest of the day giving hints to the younger participants and describing how some of the machinery was run.

The oat box and the straw pile seemed to be the biggest attraction to the kids, and did they ever have fun in them.

Pictured is a Bullock creeping grip tractor 12-20. It will be running real soon. I have been working on it for several years.

This tractor was owned by my father, Aaron W. Good, and the engine was built during the winter of 1916 and was delivered in the spring of 1917 and was my father's first gasoline tractor. Previous to this, he was plowing with a 20 HP cross compound Reeves steam engine and a Reeves steam lift plow.

The Bullock tractor pulled three plows. It had no gear shift and it traveled 2? miles per hour in each direction. This tractor did the plowing on 330 acres and at times it was operated in two shifts day and night, so the crops could be gotten in on time.

We would be interested in hearing from anyone that ever owned a Bullock tractor.

Walter Male, Urexei, Missouri and his gas engines and grindstone. Ross ivlaler, Platte City, Missouri sharpening his knife on the grindstone. The two men at rear are my brothers Chas. and Verl Moss. They are talking to my wife, Sara.

At the end of the day the attendance was totaled at about 1200 people. To sum it all up I'd say it was a day of memories for the old and a day to remember for the younger. The club was real pleased with how it went and are looking forward to the 1973 show. We hope to give our next show the first part of August because of weather conditions in the Northwest area. All proceeds from the show will go toward putting on a bigger and better show next year. A two day show is planned.

ABOUT THE CLUB: The club was formed in March of 1972 and has been growing ever since. We have about 40 members now and welcome new members. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 8:00 P. M. Our officers include: (Pres.) Alvin Postma, 507 8th Street, Lynden, Wa. 98248, (Vice Pres.) Bill Moldenhauer, (Sec.) Dick Vellema, & (Treas.) Charles Postma.

This 30-60 Rumely, light weight, will be on display at the 1973 Pioneer Acres Plowman & Thresher's Reunion, near Calgary, Alberta.