Aaron Woods, grandson of Maytag president Claudine Rowdin, works on a Maytag Light Plant.
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.
Rare Maytag items displayed were five fruit jar engines, one battery charger, one wind-power generator, Simmer pumps, one Maytag cut-away single, one Maytag cut-away two-cylinder, two Blue Diamond light plants, one air compressor, a Ruth governor, three toy race cars, and twenty-four lawn mowers.
A 1909 Mason Maytag car, displayed by Don Cleveland from Oneal, Nebraska, was a big highlight of the show. The car, which is drivable, was also in the 1988 Wheatland-Columbine Tour, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Jack Streeter, of Newton, Iowa, displayed a Maytag Express Coaster Wagon. He said the wagon was a promotional item issued in the late 1940s. It was not made available to the general public. Various Maytag memorabilia included a Ruth watch fob, Maytag watch, milk bottles, and a 1942 Maytag hydraulic cylinder used on landing gear of B-26 bombers in WWII.
Many Maytag collectors shared how they got started collecting Maytags. 'A friend of mine and I had about eighty engines and a few tractors. Then we had an auction and sold everything except a few Maytag engines. My wife and I enjoy the shows, the good fellowship with great people, and we are always looking for collectibles,' said Bill Kerns, of Midway, Arkansas.
'I enjoy seeing everyone again and welcoming new members to the National Maytag Club. I enjoy collecting Maytag items,' said the National Maytag Collectors Club president Claudine Rawdin, of Champaign, Illinois.
David and Chad Snell, of Isle, Minnesota, have been collecting Maytag engines and related items for the last twelve years. Their display included a series of upright engines, a fruit jar engine, a Simmer Pump, a butter churn, a meat grinder, and many other items.
D.F. Henry, of Earlham, Iowa, started collecting Maytag engines in 1996. He said he loves Maytag engines, enjoys meeting people at the shows, and has made a lot of new friends.
'My father, Andy, had been collecting Maytag engines for years. I would pick up Maytag cans and other Maytag items for him at flea markets. And then I got interested,' said Jim Miller, of Conover, Iowa.
Andy Miller, of Belmond, Iowa, got interested in Maytag when an upright and a fruit jar were given to him. 'I went crazy getting more,' he said.
Tom Stevens started collecting Maytag engines at age thirteen, in 1983.
Aaron Stevens started working on engines this past winter. He had two Maytags that are valuable to him. They are two single-cylinders that his grandfather used to pump water with.
David Jorgenson and son Corey bought their first Maytag at a farm auction fifteen years ago for $45.
Larry Benton, of Monroe, Iowa, brought his beautifully restored uprights along with many other Maytag items.
Jerry Nance, of Odessa, Missouri, started collecting hit and miss engines in the mid-sixties. At that time he wanted to get a one-cylinder and a two-cylinder Maytag. He thought that was all of the Maytag engines. He was in for a big surprise. His display included seventeen unique factory-made Maytag power lawn mowers, a Maytag Blue Diamond light plant, a fruit jar Maytag, Maytag Allstate air compressor, and a 5/16 scale Model 72 Maytag. He left many Maytags at home.
The Albert City, Iowa, Threshermen and Collectors Show, August 7-9, 1998, was a great show. Ron Maymon, of Schaller, Iowa, and many others were instrumental in making this a very organized and exciting show.