1993 Yesteryear Farm and Home Show Report


| June/July 1994



Harvey Nelson shows

Harvey Nelson shows delighted spectators just how maneuverable his Waterloo Boy is.

Carolyn Brown

Photos by Carolyn Brown 12201 Vermillion Road Longmont, Colorado 80501

August 13 through 15,1993 were fun days for old iron collectors and interested persons along the front range of Colorado, as the Yesteryear Farm and Home Show took place at the Boulder Co. Fair in Longmont, Colorado. Folks from all parts of Colorado as well as out of state seemed to enjoy themselves very much at our tenth consecutive event. Shows such as ours are similar in many respects, yet unique because of the particular set of events, the equipment being displayed, the setting, and of course the exhibitors themselves. All the individuals who come to exhibit their 'toys' bring their own unique style of restoration, their own personal touches in the way they exhibit, and their own way of interacting and participating in the show. If you'll pardon the abstraction, it's almost as though the people themselves, through their exhibits, are on display. With this in mind, I'd like to introduce you to a few people who really make our show special. Obviously, I can't tell you about all our exhibitors, so I apologize to those not mentioned in my ramblings.

The Yesteryear Farm and Home Show is a family event for the Guerries. Jack and Mary Guerrie, along with daughter Elizabeth and son Paul, join us each year with a very nice display of stationary engines, Maytag washing machines and accessories. Dressed in her 'granny suit,' Mary washes clothes using the wringer washing machines, and makes ice cream with an attachment for the Maytag washer. She also brings a pedal grinder which was her grandfather's on the farm in Kansas, and a nicely restored l HP Sattley engine which her father used in the '30s to, operate a potato sorter in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Elizabeth, 20, and Paul, 19; display engines they themselves have restored. Elizabeth restored a 1934 Model 92 Maytag, and painted it decidedly non-regulation colors the engine block is pink, the flywheel is green, and the cylinder is yellow. It really is a very attractive engine. Paul is more of a traditionalis this 1939 Model 72 Maytag is painted standard colors, but is no less attractive. Jack does not only run-of-the-mill rebuilding work, he also casts and machines replacement parts for their engines. All their displays are very nicely done.

Also on hand each year with some nicely restored stationary engines is one of the co-organizers of our show, Harold Block. Harold brings a collection of Hercules engines dating from 1917 to 1927, as well as several May tags he has restored. Harold built a can crusher which he powers with one of the Hercules engines, and visitors seem to never tire of watching it. Over a period of three days, he crushes several huge plastic bags full of aluminum cans. Even if the visitors don't get tired of watching it, I'll bet Harold gets tired of feeding it. Harold's display this year was surrounded by many other nice specimens owned by various individuals such as Paul Davis, Bert Herrera, Jim Kelly, and Chuck Wallace, to name just a few.

It's always good to see Slim and Ron Sherer arrive at our show. These guys show up each year with what might be called a travelling museum. Not only do they display numerous stationary engines, they have tables full of interesting and diverse things to see. They are kept busy demonstrating such things as waffle irons, padlocks, handcuffs, antique hand tools of all descriptions, cherry stoners, barbed wired samples, sad irons, gas and electric irons, hay knives, saws, railroad lanterns, and so on. It's folks like Slim and Ron who make the show so appealing not just because they have so many things to see, but because they are so outgoing and willing to talk to visitors and demonstrate just how all these things work. Ron is shown demonstrating rope making machines to interested visitors as Slim looks on. (Slim was smart enough to stay in the shade.)

 Jerome DeBacker, a farmer in early 20th century Boulder County, bought a 1907 Avery under mounted steam traction engine for use on his farm, and it was used steadily until finally being 'retired' in the '40s. Although it then sat idle for many years, Mr. DeBacker's descendants kept the machine in the family, and in 1988 they undertook to restore it. The restoration was a family affair, and many of Jerome's grandchildren and great-grandchildren took part.