Courtesy of Russell Moss, Hamilton, Missouri 64644.

Russell Moss

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Secretary, Hamilton, Missouri 64644

The 12th Annual North Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show and Demonstration was held August 15, 16, and 17 at Hamilton, Missouri, with many new exhibitors taking part in the show.

Sixteen year old Stanley May-berry of Dawn, Missouri brought his 22 HP Advance Rumely steam engine. Stanley purchased the engine in the fall of 1974 and did practically all of the restoring himself. His steam engine was used most of the time to power a large sawmill owned and restored by Paul Bryant, Braymer, Missouri.

A 16 HP Nichols and Shepard steam engine was brought by the Maxwell Brothers of Ridgeway, Missouri. The Shahan Brothers, Brashear, Missouri came with their 50 HP Case Steam Engine and 20-35 Rumely Oil Pull Tractor and tested the power on Paul Bryant's Baker Fan. Frankie Van-Dusen, Dawn, Missouri exhibited his 16 HP Advance engine and Shingle Mill. His 1912 Maxwell Touring car was exhibited with many other cars in the antique car contest. Among the cars in the contest were a 1931 Rolls Royce in very good condition, owned by Mrs. Woodson of Polo, Missouri, and a 1930 Marmon Roosevelt owned and restored by Glen Streeter, Hamilton, Missouri. An unusual exhibit of a horse-drawn Rockfall Funeral coach, purchased new in 1901 by the Bram family, was shown and is now in the possession of the Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton, Mo.

Howard Younger of Overland Park, Kansas came and operated our 20 HP Russell Steam Engine as he has done for the past 12 years. Other steam engines include a 20 HP Advance Rumely owned by T. R. Swartz of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, a 25 Minneapolis owned by Paul Bryant, a 65 HP Case Steam Engine owned by Virgil Rains, Kingston, Missouri. Twelve model steam engines were brought in from as far away as Dubois, Nebraska. Mr. Ralph Levings, Madison, Missouri and his son-in-law brought their two model steam engines and a model sawmill which they operated during the show. Other model engines and tractors were trucked in from Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. There were approximately 300 gas engines and antique and model tractors in the show. Of 6 known to be left in existence, was a 1906 Fuller-Johnson gas engine owned by C. T. Henderson of Waukee, Iowa.

The show started with setting up of exhibits on Friday and a Draft Horse Pull that evening. An uptown parade was held Saturday morning where the stores had window displays and sidewalk sales.

On the show grounds, the action was about the usual, with the threshing of wheat, clover hulling, sawmilling and shingle saw demonstrations, baker fans in use, and various other exhibits and demonstrations. A horse shoe pitching contest, flea markets, and antique car contest, old fiddler's contest and other music were available to the crowd on the grounds.

The Association wishes to thank all of the exhibitors and is looking forward to another good show the third weekend in August, 1976.

Submitted by Mrs. Wendell Moss, Sec., Hamilton, MO

Wallis tractor purchased in the late 1920s. It set outdoors for 24 years and was in very sad condition, rims and tires rotted out, had to be replaced - motor stuck. I spent two days repairing magneto and gave it a paint job. Tractor was purchased first by Joe Hamlet then E. Lynn Hamlet of Hamilton, now owned by my daughter-in-law, Mrs. Robert Moss of Nesho, Missouri and she came and drove it in parades at the North Missouri Steam & Gas Engine Show in 1975.

Collection of Bruce Dougan, Bettendorf, Iowa. Left to right: 1922 Fordson, 1927 McCormick-Deering 10-20, 1931 John Deere 'GP', 1925 John Deere 'D', 1938 John Deere 'G', 1937 John Deere 'A', 1936 John Deere 'B', 1939 John Deere 'H'.

The 'Stairstep' set of John Deeres. Owner, Bruce Dougan, Bettendorf, Iowa. Right to left - 1939 'H', 1936 'B', 1937 'A', 1938 'G'.

As a matter of possible interest, this pictured John Deere Model 'D' 15-27 is shown on the 1972 John Deere calendar. On the calendar it is shown in striking color with lugs and guide bands installed. Professionally photographed, the scene includes white board fence, a horse, a church steeple, and eye-filling summer cloud formations. That particular calendar showed a different historic tractor each month, and has attracted considerable collector interest.

The little engine, which I display as 'The World's Rarest Engine', is a genuine Salesman's Sample of the Hot Air Engine manufactured by the Thermo Engine Co. of Chicago, HI. before the turn of the century. We all know that there are many hot air engines left, but after much research, I'm convinced that this is the only Brand Spanking New model left in existence. And, old as it is, the carrying-case is still with it.

In the old days, the 'Drummers' used to ride the trains and stage coaches to the remote regions and needed something to show in order to sell their large heavy uncarryable products, and so was born the original salesman's sample. I had the good fortune to find this one in an old store building in Prescott, Arizona, and spent two months in friendly negotiations in securing it for display. I feel that the effort was well invested, tho', since I was very gratified to note that over a hundred pictures would be taken of it on a single week-end show.

The old frontier adventurers enjoyed considerable daytime adventure, plus a night-life somewhat livelier than that of our law-abiding folk of today, so it's interesting to ponder the reasons why this drummer never returned for his sample. And, since it's still brand new, it appears that another intriguing secret will remain a part of the romance of the Old West.

This was my choice for 'THE' tractor of the Show. It is I.H.C. Mogul, 1915. It has 8-1/2' bore and 12' stroke, burns gasoline, kerosene and distillate. It develops 8 drawbar horsepower and 16 on the belt. Shown is Donald Armstron, owner, of Cooksville, Illinois. At right: Frank Sampson of Tolona, Illinois stands justly proud beside his 6 HP Monitor gas engine. Frank is a friendly and knowledgeable person.

War Memorial Drive, Peoria, Illinois

This rare 6 HP tank colled, hit and miss, side shaft ignitor type gasoline Geiser engine was the only one I have ever seen. The proud owner shown with his engine is David Allison, R.R. 1, Alvin, Illinois. At right is another real show piece, a friction drive tractor, 1917, 12-20 Heider built by Rock Island Plow Company. The motor slides forward and back to change drive ratios. Owned by William Bragg of Atwood, Illinois St., Merrillville, Indiana.

These pictures were all taken at the 1975 Pontaic, Illinois Show.

This is a 1906 Model N Ford Runabout, owned and shown by Willard Cashmer, Streater, Illinois;

A 1909 modified Studebaker, which belongs to Ernie Gerdes, Benson, Illinois. [A fine specimen!].

These pictures represent only a small segment of the approximately 80 to 100 antique cars which were at the Pontiac, Illinois 1975 Show.