First Generation Tractors Theme At Goessel, Kansas

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Frank Heyman threshed with this 25-45 Case Crossmotor tractor throughout the day on Saturday.
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100 HP Fairbanks Diesel.
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Deemer Unruh, 70 years 'young', parading on his 1916 8-16 Mogul.
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Wilbert Bartel and Fred Unruh stretching chain with a Cletrac and a Model D.

R.D.# 1, Box l06 Canton, Kansas 67428

The Wheat Heritage Engine & Threshing Co. ( W.H.E.A.T. CO.)
and the Mennonite Heritage Museum of Goessel held their 17th annual
Country Threshing Days August 3rd, 4th and 5th, 1990.

Friday was designated set-up day. Four bundle wagons of wheat
were gathered earlier in the week, because of forecasted rain for
the weekend. Unfortunately, the rains did come most of Friday and
left three more loads shocked in the field. One more half load
showed up from the Museum’s turkey red plot. The rain also
hampered setting up and unloading, somewhat, until later that
evening. The crew then enjoyed hot dogs and ‘fixins’,
furnished by several of the members’ ‘better looking
halves’.

Saturday was a beautiful day! Lots of visitors and exhibitors
came to enjoy the show. This year’s show theme was first
generation tractors, and ended up being well represented. Deemer
Unruh packed most of his collection over from McPherson with some
members providing the loading, hauling, and unloading. Dave
Sebits’ truck was overworked as usual with great enthusiasm by
its owner (thanks, Dave!). Deemer’s exhibits included: a 12-25
Wallis, 1918 Parrot, 18-36 Hart Parr, 1916 8-16 Mogul, 10-20 Titan,
12-27 Waterloo Boy, Moline Universal and two steam traction
engines. Virgil Litke brought a nice Bull tractor. Frank Heyman
brought a big 25-45 Case Crossmotor which he belted to an early
Case separator during the show. Walden Duerkson had his spoke
flywheel John Deere D. Other gas tractors, totaling some 70 or
thereabouts, supported their own display proudly with makes and
models as well as owners too numerous to mention but enjoyed and
well appreciated.

Stationary engines were represented by some 50 in number. We
would like to encourage more stationary engine owners to bring them
to our next show. Don’t let the tractor guys outnumber us! The
club’s own 200 HP De La Vergne two cylinder horizontal and 100
HP Fairbanks two cylinder upright were running well, thanks to our
head engineer, Jim Weins of Goessel. Come see these big engines!
Both took a lot of selfless sweat and sacrifice from the membership
to be found, moved, and put back in running condition. We hope to
have write-ups on these in future issues of this grand
magazine.

One impressive display that deserves mention is the Wilbert
Bartel family’s ice cream freezer. It is belted to some gearing
from a 25 HP De La Vergne engine. (A little overkill, but a lot of
fun.) Makes a lot of ice cream, too.

Five steam traction engines were displayed, including Glen
Litke’s 20 HP Avery return flue, Richard Wall’s 13 HP
Reeves, Jerry Toewes’ 40 HP Case, and Deemer’s 18 HP
Peerless and 16 HP Advance. There were three models of steam
traction engines owned by Joe Heath, Moses Voth, and Dave
Sebits.

Threshing straw boss was Bob Unruh from Hillsboro, with a host
of help. Two Case threshers and a nice John Deere owned by Henry
Loepp were present.

Stationary baling was done by Jim Walton and Dennis Schroeder
with Jim’s Fordson and an IHC baler. Corn shelling was all
Minneapolis, with Joe Harper’s Minne cross motor and Minne
sheller. It was a nice looking rig.

A Saturday morning parade downtown, afternoon entertainment of
all kinds, parade of power on the grounds, slow tractor races
headed by John Weibe, and many other things filled the day. That
evening, exhibitors were treated to Joe Heath’s famous beans,
etc. Then everyone pitched in to frantically belt up the Reeves
steam engine to a separator for a photo session of threshing. The
photographer was taking pictures for a National Geographic article
on midwest life, and wanted to catch the threshing with the sun
setting for the right lighting. The boys got belted up and rolling
in record time and all went well.

Sunday started with morning worship service under the tent. Then
afternoon included the parade of power, horse drawn sulky plowing,
bundle loading of shocks out of the field with horse drawn wagon,
threshing and stationary baling. All three days the museum hosted
visitors. Wilbert Bartel and Fred Unruh stretched a chain between
Wilbert’s John Deere D and Fred’s Cletrac crawler for a
little tug of war. Wilbert’s D has been modified by cutting the
crankshaft and cam and re-welding so that the pistons run together.
This tractor runs and pulls very well, but the Cletrac
prevailed.

I regret that, due to premature memory loss and ignorance, I
cannot mention all who participated this year. We would like to
invite, free, all exhibitors of engines, tractors, machinery, toys,
horses, cars, trucks, etc. to our show August 2-4,1991. Come enjoy
the small farm community hospitality. For information contact Russ
Hamm, Rt. 1, Box 106, Canton, KS 67428. Phone: (316)628-4975.

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