8637 Sparta Ave., Sparta, Mich. 49345.
The Riverbend Steam & Gas Association held their 10th annual
show at the Claude Scholma farm, located 1? miles south of
Allendale, Michigan on July 21 and 22, 1978.
The exhibits displayed consisted of nicely restored operating
equipment which included: 3 steam traction engines, 2 model steam
traction engines, 3 grain separators, stationary baler, shingle
mill, saw mill, buzz saw, corn husker, corn sheller, stone flour
mill and a large variety of tractors and gas engines. The grain
threshing and sawmilling was done with power supplied by the steam
engines alternating with the Rumely Oil Pulls owned by John Huitema
and Bud Rosema, the Greyhound and International tractors owned by
Lee and Claude Scholma and a John Deere tractor owned by Frank
Tomac from Frankenmuth, Michigan. The hand feed sterling thresher
powered by a 6 HP I.H.C. Famous gas engine was kept busy by the
owners, Mr. and Mrs. Sharon Schut.
Flour from Claude Scholma’s 110yearold flour mill powered by
Randy Styf’s Huber Model L tractor and shingles from the
shingle mill powered by a rare Waterloo Boy stationary power unit
owned by Sharon Schut, were sold to visitors to help meet show
expenses. Tom Rosema was in charge of the corn husking
demonstration, something which is rarely seen at shows. Tom powered
the corn husker with his beautifully restored old style John Deere
Many sharply restored gas engines were exhibited. Probably the
rarest one was the ‘Dalman Engine’ which was featured on
exhibitors plaques this year, given out to all those who exhibited
at the show.
Good food was provided by a local church group. Home made ice
cream was made and served by the ladies of the club. With the
exception of a short rain shower on Friday night the weather for
the show was near perfect.
We thank the Lord for keeping our show free from all accidents.
We are also thankful for the fine cooperation of everyone,
exhibitors and visitors alike to a successful show. Plans are
underway for the 1979 show which will be Friday and Saturday July
20 and 21, same place. We invite you to come and experience with us
the sights, sounds and smells of the old time equipment at our next