Stumptown Steam Threshers


Stumptown Show

Tractor Row at the Stumptown Show.

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Route 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio, 43901

The silver anniversary Stumptown Show opened with a little less than sunny weather. We are thankful so many brave souls put on their raincoats and enjoyed the show anyway. Opening ceremonies began at 9:30 a.m. with prayer by Lester Nabb, the raising of 'Old Glory' by the Cadiz Boy Scouts and the singing of the 'Star Spangled Banner' by Mary Webster.

The threshing, baling, sawing, cornmeal grinding, making shingles, power-eater generator demo and etc. got underway. The club's new 'teeter-totter' got initiated by Ralph Jackson who was the first to try it but sprang a leak in his water tank. Ken Diehl with his return flue Huber was the first to succeed in balancing for which he collected a Stumptown hat.

At noon, all the steam whistles sounded off. Food was served by the New Athens Firemens Auxiliary including open kettle beans and corn-bread which is their specialty. The Weirton Lions Club served huge fish sandwiches, Bibbee's specialized in ice cream and apple dumplings, the Jewett Ruritans served lemonade and hot chocolate and the popcorn man was kept busy with his popcorn and snowcones.

The Stumptown Ladies Auxiliary were kept busy selling tickets on their quilt and entertained a huge crowd in their building due to the drizzle outside. At 12:45 the Ladies Auxiliary announced that Carolyn Fraley of Johnston, Ohio, was the Thresher-man Queen and Henry Niemiec as Thresherman of the Year. Mrs. Fraley was crowned by last year's queen, Mary Young and Joe Harrison who substituted for Frances Young, the 1986 Thresherman of the year, awarded Henry Niemiec. Lori Wines presided over the crowning.

The slow engine race began at 1:00 with Gary Ludwig being the winner in the antique class on the Flower's Greyhound. This was the first time Joe Harrison and his Russell had been beat for several years. In the ? scale class, Bill Rees took the honors with his ? scale Case. Both winners were awarded their choice of hats.

The afternoon schedule of threshing, sawing and other activities continued. At 3:30 p.m. the Young Farmers and Wives Kiddie Tractor Pull Club from Dresden, Ohio, conducted the kiddie tractor pull. A good response of kiddies made an interesting show. Seventy-six children entered in five classes. Winners were as follows: John Miller in Class 1, John O'Neal in class 2, Chad Cordner in class 3, Steven Coleman in class 4 and Jack Gorden in class 5. A trophy featuring a silver tractor was awarded each winner and a Stumptown patch was given all entrants.

At 6:00 p.m., the Ohio Valley Square Dancers & Promenader put on a clogging and western square dance demonstration which was enjoyed by all.

At 7:30, the old time fiddling contest, originated by our founder, Raymond Laizure, got underway. Nine contestants had entered. In the 60 and younger class, two cousins were the only entrants. Carrie Dillion, 10 years old and Ginger Haren, 9 years old, thrilled the crowd with their fiffling. Carrie came in first and Ginger was second.

The over 60 class featured seven fiddlers. Jim Addy of Woodsfield, grandfather of the two little girls was first. Bill Burris of Shipping Port, Pa., was second and Danny Laslo of Martins Ferry was third. Trophies were awarded along with a Stumptown cup and plate and $10 each. After the contest, all the fiddlers got together and joined in the 'Round Robin'. While the winners were being tallied, 85 year old Carl Porter entertained with 3 or 4 songs on the harmonica. After the 'Round Robin', Harmon Harris and Don Wilson played on the organ and fiddle for a couple of hours.

Friday night before the show, Foster Lucas and his gang from the Barnsville area entertained the early arrivals with Blue Grass Music.

Sunday's show opened with church services led by Marion Rogers and music by gospel singer, Joe Beltz. After services, the usual threshing, baling, etc. got underway. At noon the whistles signaled dinner time. After dinner, the wagon backing contest with gas tractors took place. Dick

Lyle won in the previous winner class and Jim Smith won in the amateur class. Both winners received Stump-town hats. Gas tractors without power-steering were all that were permitted to be entered in the contest.

On Sunday, we were also honored with a beautiful team of horses owned by Charles Lucas which pulled a hay wagon and gave people rides. A large flea market was enjoyed by everyone. Everything from 'soup to nuts' was there to be bought.

Prior to the grand parade, the Ladies Auxiliary held their quilt drawing and 10 year old, Dennis Jackowski of Flushing, Ohio was the winner. A wooden steam engine built by Daryl Murphy was raffled off and won by Richard Millhon of Toronto, Ohio. Three membership cards were drawn for a $25.00 prize and the winners were Ed Brenner of Kinsington, Ohio, Harold Nelson of Narvarre, Ohio and Charles Doty of Cardington, Ohio.

At 4:00 the grand parade, led by the Thresherman of the Year and the Queen, riding in the back of Ralph Jones's Model T pickup, got underway. Seated in the front seat of the pickup was Clark Crassen of Cambridge, Ohio, the only charter member to be able to attend the show. He stepped out and received a round of applause. Our oldest charter member, Bill Humphreville, of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, was not able to attend because of poor health but I'm sure his thoughts were with us at the show. Antique cars and trucks followed the Model T pickup, followed by steam engines, tractors, and other equipment.

This year's Stumptown Show set a show record with 66 gas tractors lined up in tractor row and 372 gas engines of all makes and sizes shelling corn, pumping water or just popping away in gas engineland. Model gas and steam engines and stationary steam engines were well represented with 63 units on display.

The Arnold family from Marietta put forth a huge effort to bring their 'Park Locomotive and Cars' to our show and give the children a live steam train ride. Gary Arnold's ? scale display was also a crowd pleaser. A blacksmith display was brought by Jim Sutherlin featuring forge, shop anvils, cones, etc. and Nello Kungi displayed three board of Indian arrowheads on Saturday. Fifteen antique cars and trucks were lined up with the oldest being a 1913 International Truck.

To conclude this show report, the Stumptown Steam Threshers wish to thank all the exhibitors who put forth a big effort to bring equipment to our show. Without them, there wouldn't be anything to see. Also wish to thank all who donated material and all those who donated time and labor getting the show set up and everything put away again. A special thanks to all the spectators who braved threatening skies and muddy showgrounds to see our show. Without these people we couldn't pay for a show and we thank the good Lord for making our show a success.