| February/March 1986

  • Feed cutter
    Mike Bond, left, and Charles Hall, right, check out the Ross feed cutter used to shred corn fodder at the 1985 Canal Days show.
  • Concrete block the engine

  • Old wood working machinery
    Charles Hall's display of old wood working machinery including two old post drills and a treadle powered lathe. All were restored to original operating condition and appearance.
  • Antique tractors
    Several of the antique tractors shown at Canal Days 1985. Featured were John Deere and McCormick-Deering machines.

  • Feed cutter
  • Concrete block the engine
  • Old wood working machinery
  • Antique tractors

200 S. Spruce St., Centerville, IN 47330

Canal Days at Cambridge City, Indiana, were held on September 7 and 8, 1985, one of the hottest September weekends we have experienced in several years. Temperatures were in the low 90's on Saturday when the annual engine, tractor and antique machinery exhibit was held. This show, organized and managed by Charles and Eddie Hall of Cambridge City, has grown a bit larger each year since beginning two years ago.

This third year we were given access to a vacant lot in downtown Cambridge City plus a portion of the street in front of the lot. The regular list of exhibitors was present including the halls, Tom Kelsey, Mike Bond from Richmond and Jim Jones and sons from Centerville.

This year we were happy to have a larger display of vintage farm tractors than normal. Several John Deeres, including 1935 and 1936 model B's, a later 1940's model A and a few McCormick-Deering tractors were shown. The Halls had their Ottawa drag saw in operation and also a Standard Twin garden tractor in new condition. Numerous old engines were on display shelling corn, pumping water, operating a grindstone and other exhibits. In addition, old tools and an ancient foot powered lathe were on display.

Mike Bond had completed a model steam engine which was operated on compressed air. This engine was belted to a corn sheller and actually shelled corn. It was built as part of a high school machine shop project and shows what an enterprising young man can do with a difficult project built from scratch.

Danny and Jason Hall had a large display of antique wrenches and other farm tools. Several restored Maytag and Briggs & Stratton engines were on display. Jeff Himelick of Fountain City brought his trailer of engines down again and ground corn meal and pumped water. His Delco light plant provided power for Jim Jones' Kewanee water pump equipped with a 32 volt motor.


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