Pollock 58825 Claysville Rood Cambridge, Ohio 43725
The 4th annual Freeland Valley Antique Power Show was great this
year and was great fun! At least 510 folks went through the gate on
Saturday and Sunday, July 29th and 30th.
There were several travel trailers set up for the two-day event;
four campers from Pennsylvania were enroute to the big Oliver show
in Iowa, and there were four campers from the Bridge City Campers
Club from Philo.
The food trailer was manned by members of the Cumberland
Volunteer Fire Department. Members of the Cumberland Valley 4-H
Club cranked out 197 gallons of homemade ice cream, mostly due to
the extremely hot weather. Most of the ice cream was churned by the
old reliable Maytag washing machine motor. The old electric motor
gave out on Saturday afternoon, thus forcing the Maytag into extra
service. There was a lot of hand cranked ice cream made, too.
On Saturday morning there was a moment of silence in memory of
the late Tommy Hatcher. Mr. Hatcher attended all three previous
power shows and brought his hand built miniature scale Case steam
There were a lot of antique power displays; Larry Warne brought
the largest contingent of antique tractors and also had a new
display of antique mowers and hand cultivators, etc.
There were a couple of interesting crawlers. Harold Pollock
showed his 1929 Catterpillar crawler and Howard Ball, from Beverly,
had a 1941 Cletrac crawler (bulldozer).
Danny Wolfe brought his 1924 Studebaker that had 34×5 tires and
its original upholstery. And there was a 1928 Graham-Paige car. Bob
Chaney, of near Norwich, brought his 1965 Ford that had previously
been owned by Marion Moore.
There was a vast assortment of one lungers (hit and miss
motors), plus a miniature Ferris wheel, can crusher, grain grinder,
rock crusher (owned by the club).
On Sunday morning, the Rev. T. Everett Leedom gave an
outstanding sermon on ‘spiritual vitamins.’ The vitamins we
all need on a daily basis.
The Green Valley Pickers provided beautiful gospel music, once
again, and we never take them for granted.
Dale Sheppard had a large collection of hand crank sausage and
food grinders in the Seniors’ building. All different
Roger Malvin had his large collection of O.R. & W. photos on
display in the Seniors’ building. Larry Warne had four corn
shelters in the building too.
The Seniors’ building was donated by the Central Ohio Coal
Company, and was erected by members of the club just this summer.
We owe the Central Ohio Coal Company many thanks.
A porch was added to the front of the old Clyde and Carrie Moore
filling station building, that formerly stood close to the old
Freeland store. An antique gas pump was installed under it on a
George Richey had his forge (blacksmith) set up near the gas
station building. He burned the initials F. V. into wood shingles
that were cut on the shingle mill.
Gordon Jividen had a neat belt-driven corn cracker set up.
Doug and Dianna Freeland of Wright, Wyoming, came to the show to
find out who founded Freeland. They were directed to talk to
longtime residents, who didn’t know the origin of the hamlet of
Freeland. The Post Office when first established, was called
Paul Brosie won a Maytag motor in the raffle drawing.
Plaques were awarded as follows: Gas Engines: Oldest Engine1924
model, Joe Lofink, Thornville, Ohio. Farthest distance Paul Cline,
Port St. Lucie, Florida. Best of Show Raymond Hart-stine, New
Cars (antique): Oldest1924 Studebaker, Danny Wolfe. Farthest
distance: David Fleming, Philo, Ohio. Best of show Carl Wade,
Tractors, oldest: 1925 Fordson, Greg Pryor. Farthest distance270
miles James Deskins, Sinks Grove, West Virginia. Best of Show Carl
Antique Truck: Oldest, farthest distance, Best of Show, all went
to Howard Ball, Beverly, Ohio.
In spite of the weather, many folks stayed cooler by consuming
large amounts of lemonade and homemade ice cream. I know I did, at
one of the premier power shows in southeastern Ohio, at Freeland