| February/March 1999

  • Aaron Woods
    Aaron Woods, grandson of Maytag president Claudine Rowdin, works on a Maytag Light Plant.
  • Mason Maytag Car
    This 1909 Mason Maytag Car was a big highlight of the show. It is owned by Don Cleveland of Oneal, Nebraska.

  • Aaron Woods
  • Mason Maytag Car

609 South First Street, Odessa, Missouri 64076

How did Grandma and Grandpa do things? Years ago two men, Keith Sunblead and Karl Lind, wanted to show their children how Grandma and Grandpa did things such as threshing wheat, sawing wood, and flour milling.

Over the last twenty-eight years, the Albert City, Iowa, Threshermen and Collector's Show has grown to the present ten to fourteen thousand people a year. This year there were over two hundred tractors, more than two hundred Maytag engines, five or six threshing machines, and a dozen or so teams of horses.

The 1998 show started August 7, with rain and mud, but Saturday and Sunday the weather was sunny, the mud dried up, and the show crowd was great.

Maytag engines and crawler tractors were featured this year. Many members of the National Maytag Collectors Club and other people displayed Maytag engines, equipment, and memorabilia. There were many upright engines, one-half horsepower and one horsepower, including Stove Legs and rare carburetors. About thirty-eight exhibitors displayed Maytag items.

Many different washing machines displayed included some of the following: toy washers, a small hand-operated washer, one wooden tub washing machine, Model 86 and 56 miniature washing machines, and a Maytag apartment-size Model 90-M washing machine. There were several attachments that could convert Maytag washing machines into butter churns, meat grinders, and iron attachments.


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