Lawson tractor

Courtesy of John Hays, 1511 Iglehart, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

John Hays

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1511 Iglehart St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

The Scott Carver show was held Sept. 25th and 26th at Jordan, Minnesota.

Saturday, the opening day, was marred by intermittent rain showers which receded during the afternoon allowing some activity to take place despite the threat of moisture laden clouds.

Five large steam traction engines beside one geared to a truck chassis and a half-size 20 H.P. Case engine made up the heavier steamers. Two small model steam engines were real attractive. The largest one was belted to a small buzz-saw.

Lumber sawing was in progress with Joe Selly of St. Peter, Minnesota, furnishing the power with his trusty 22 H.P. Advance engine. Usually Joe fires with straw, but this time he was burning slabs.

Other activity on this wet Saturday afternoon was a corn shredding project in action. Powered by a 10-30 McCormick Deering tractor, Ralph Kerkow was operating a 4-roll Rosenthall corn husker and shredder.

Although the corn fodder had not dried much when taken from the shock, the machine handled it, husking the ripe corn as it blew the fodder in a pile.

Small gasoline engines were running, adding life to the occasion. One cylinder engines from a 12 H.P. portable I.H.C. down to one H.P. drew interested spectators.

I noticed two drag saws on the grounds. They are power driven cross cut saws. The power furnished by a 2 or 2? H.P. gasoline engine. Needless to say they were a far cry from the chain saws of today, but they helped out forty or fifty years ago.

I met Mr. Herman Pieper who called my attention to machinery he had on exhibit. He had a 4-roll Rosenthal shredder and a 28 x 46 Belle City thresher. Both were in fine condition with glistening paint. However, his pride and joy is wrapped up in an Allis-Chalmers 1927 model E, four cylinder 20-35 tractor, along with his grand-nephew David Pieper, who operates it.

Mike Kovich of Jordan showed me a six-cylinder gas tractor which he said was built by the Lauson Company for Nichols and Shepard. It is on steel tires and has surplus power operating a 32 inch Nichols and Shepard separator which Mr. Kovich owns.

Mr. Kovich told me it was about 1930 when Mr. Ted Hopster purchased this tractor from an owner near Hudson, Wisconsin. Along with the tractor he acquired a 36 x 60 Nichols and Shepard separator.

Mr. Hopster moved the outfit, with the engine pulling the separator, along roads from Hudson to Jordan, Minnesota. He drove the outfit over the spiral bridge across the Mississippi River at Hastings, Minnesota. The trip took three days. Mr. Hopster operated this threshing rig in Jordan vicinity for many years.

Several makes of tractors were on display including a 30-60 Aultman and Taylor, a Nichols and Shepard and a Minneapolis and others.

This is Mike Kovich and his six cylinder Lawson tractor at the 1971 Scott-Carver Show.

Several threshing machines were on hand to carry on the threshing on Sunday when the weather cleared.

Arthur Krueger of Belle Plain, Minnesota displayed a 12 H.P. Russell engine which he restored. He also owns a 28 x 46 Minneapolis separator.

Florian C. Karl was on hand, running a 16 H. P. Advance engine.

On Sunday, September 26, Robert Moody, sheriff of Scott County, showed a fine team of registered Belgian mares. Fine horses always add novelty to a show.

Marvin Boettcher is president of the 'Scott-Carver Old Threshing Bee'. A-long with his committee he is to be congratulated for putting on a fine show.