Volunteers Put on Quite a Show in Mt. Pleasant


| May/June 2001



Gas engines

The 2000 Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, had its share of heat, with temperatures soaring above the 100-degree mark most of the week. There was still plenty of action in the traction steam area during the five days ending on Labor Day.

James Broadhead of Colchester, Illinois, supplied the steam power for the Sears sawmill with this 20 HP Advance Rumely, better known as Ol' Smokey. Ol' Smokey shared the sawmill duty with another 20 HP Advance Rumely owned by James and a 50 HP Case owned by the Van Vark family of Pella, Iowa. It had been a long time since we had seen a Case on the sawmill. It did a great job, and we appreciate having all three of these engines as part of our reunion.

The Baker fan and Prony brake both saw their share of action this year when the temps had cooled a little in the evenings. Tom Nichols of Eldon, Iowa, had his 22 HP Woods Bros. on the brake for at least an hour despite the daytime temperatures of 100 degrees. James Foreman and his 80 HP Case from Batavia, Iowa, and James Broadhead and his Advance also braved the daytime heat to have some fun. We would like to thank these three gentlemen, along with Eric Douglas of Mt. Pleasant, for helping out with the efficiency testing on the Prony brake this year. I'm not sure what kind of figures they came up with for everyone's engines, but I do know they did a fine job. Thanks again, guys!

Another attraction enjoyed by our guests is an operating shingle mill operated by Bob Gilchrist of Marion, Iowa. Bob, the director of the steam powerhouse, cut cedar shingles twice a day on the mill with steam provided by a 6 HP portable Case owned by Old Threshers and operated by Dale Meeks of Indiana.

The Old Threshers Reunion features two acres of beautifully restored gas engines.

Fairbanks Morse gets a workout demonstrating rock crushing at Mt. Pleasant.