Martin Rutan watches his 8 HP Associated engine at the 1990 Stumptown show.
Rt. 1, Box 332 Adena, Ohio 43901
The Stumptown Steam Threshers annual show and reunion wasn't blessed with perfect weather this year. The show started out with prayer by Lester Nabb and the raising of 'Old Glory' by the Cadiz Boy Scouts. The usual activity of sawing, shingle making, threshing and cornmeal grinding, along with the popping of many gas engines, followed until the noon whistles signaled dinner time.
At 12:45, the 1990 Thresherman and Queen were revealed. Ralph Jones of Woodsfield was the Thresherman and Rose Chini of Flushing, Ohio was crowned Queen. They got their ride on Ralph Jones' Model T pick-up. Ralph was a passenger in the back this time. In previous years, he had chauffeured the new Thresherman and Queen.
At 1:00, the slow engine race got underway. This year, in the antique class, the race was very close. Dennis Hudock, on Glenn Krofft's 40 HP Case, was the winner. In the scale model class, Russ Dye on the Arnold family's Goat engine was the winner. In the garden tractor class, only one contestant registered so Glenn Krofft raced Dennis Jackowski with his three-wheeler. Dennis was the winner.
At 3:30, the kiddie tractor pull got underway. Winners are as follows: Class I, Novella Trushell placed first and Tiffany Rowles placed second; Class II, Kristen Conrad placed first and Dustin Dowell placed second; Class III, Mat thew Modra placed first and Tim Conrad placed second; Class IV, Mike Mar tin placed first and Jimmy Bethel placed second; Class V, Samantha Quick placed first and Brad Sell placed second.
At 6:00, the Ohio Valley Promenaders entertained until it was time for the fiddling contest. We had 10 contestants. Winners in the 60 and older class were: first place, Jim Addy of Woodsfield, Ohio, who received a special Don Wilson trophy; second place was won by Bill Burris of Shippingport, Pennsylvania and third place was won by Clifford Hardesty of West Lafayette, Ohio. Winners in the under 60 class were: first place, Larry Stahl of Bakersville, Ohio; second place was won by Carrie Dillon of Woodsfield, Ohio and third place was won by Clarence Miller of Brilliant, Ohio. After the contest, all the fiddlers and their accompanists played the Round Robin. Soon after the fiddling contest, the rain came again and it rained most of the night.
Sunday's show opened with church services led by Marion Rogers. The weather was so wet and the grounds so muddy that by noon everyone was thinking about getting loaded up and heading home. The gas tractors were kept busy pulling campers, cars, trucks and trailers. Jared Crowe's truck and trailer loaded with a tractor and steam engine had to have Doc Safrell's big dual wheeled Ford, D.C. Case and a high lift get him out on the road. The showgrounds were badly torn up from people getting stuck. Most of the food and concession stands and flea markets did very well on Saturday but suffered Sunday.
The show boasted having eight full-sized traction engines, two portable full-size steam engines, two half scale model traction engines, one quarter scale model portable engine, 15 exhibits of model and small steam engines, approximately 200 gas engines, 80 tractors and numerous other displays such as Rick Odom's milk can display and Gary-Arnold's scale saw mill engine and baler. Twelve antique cars were on hand for Saturday's show only. Dick Carnes entertained both days with his 1920 Wurlitzer Band Organ.
At 2:30, the Ladies Auxiliary held their drawing for the quilt, which was won by Nancy Long, and the pillow cases, won by Lee Booth, followed by the club's drawing for the clock. Jared Crowe was the first to buy a ticket and his was the winning ticket. The grounds were too wet to hold a parade.
The officers and directors wish to thank all who braved the mud to come to our show, whether they were exhibitors or spectators. We wish to thank all who worked so hard getting the show ready and we thank the Good Lord again for the success that we did have. The program was in memory of Clarence 'Curl' Saffell, Sr., who passed away since last year's show.