Quiet Time


| November/December 1969


Ramona, S. D. 57054

It is quiet now at Prairie Village 2 miles west of Madison, South Dakota, but it wasn't on the last week end of August 1968 when the Prairie Historical Club had their annual Threshing Jamboree. This is where engines large and small, gas and steam engines puffed, tooted and barked all over the place, from a sawmill and the engine that ran it that were no more than 2 feet long to the full-sized giants like the Big 4 30 hp., the Minneapolis 35-70 and the steamers of all sizes Case, Nichols, Aultman-Taylors, etc.

On the Prairie Village grounds people enjoyed touring the restored log cabin, the country school house with school in session, the sod house furnished as houses were at the turn of the century, riding the steam merry-go-round, and on Sunday attending church service at the Prairie Village Church as they did each Sunday morning through summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They enjoyed Minature Land where the model sawmills, threshing machines, and steam engines were in operation. The Gas Engine Area was busy where the one-lungers popped, and barked. There was every thing from a restored vertical Maytag to a 20 H. P. Foos. At this show everything has to be in running condition to be exhibited.

The full-sized sawmill and the shingle mill were in operation every day, making boards, shingles and sawdust.

Grain was threshed every day with machines of all sizes.

Plowing was also done every day with an 8 bottom plow and the big gas and steam tractors.