Courtesy of Richard M. Spink, 410 Bird Ave., Buffalo, New York 14213
410 Bird Ave. Buffalo, New York 14213
For the second year in a row, we were blessed with the most beautiful weather possible, sunny and warm just ideal show weather. The evenings were a little cool but not too bad.
Immediately before show time, I believe that we were the most fouled up group of people that anyone ever saw. Everything seemed to smooth out once people began to come in the gate.
We had a good variety of equipment: five steam traction engines, A Frick Con tractors Special, two A. D. Bakers, one Advance Rumley, one home-made steamer (sorry I cannot recall the name), 45 gas and oil tractors. These included a 40-80 Minneapolis (brought down from Canada by the owner, Sherwood Hume), and a 30 - 60 Aultman Taylor (owned by George Knab of Spencerport, N.Y.). I mentioned these two tractors because we had a belting up contest between them. You people that are familiar with the size of tractors know that they are big. Sherwood hooked onto a little New Racine Separator while George took a conventional sized Case Separator in tow. As these two outfits approached the arena where the contest was to be held, it didn't look as if there was anything behind Sherwood's Minneapolis. The Judges gave the signal and the race was on. Sherwood and his Separator man had rigged a wire to pull the drawbar pin. As this pin was pulled, the Separator man stepped down onto the top of the little New Racine Thresher and had his stacker raised and turned before the Minneapolis had even started to turn around. It was something to watch, these two big rigs move around. The operators did a beautiful job of handling them. The Minnea polis team was the winner. But it makes one wonder who the winners would have been if the separators were switched.
We had several odd and rare tractors on display, but one tractor that wasn't odd or rare drew as much attention as any other item on the grounds. This tractor was a 10 - 20 McCormick Deering owned by the Clancy family of South Buffalo. They didn't have time to restore this tractor before show time, so they moved it onto the grounds and proceeded to restore it during the show; complete, even to a paint job. I could write a lot more about our tractor display but we had a lot of other things we want to tell you about.
10-20 Titan owned by Rich Wise of R. D. 2, South Dayton, New York. Photo by Joe Graves.
22 - 44 Minneapolis, owned by Erdle Brothers of Canadaigua, New York. Photo by Joe Graves.
We had 219 gas engines from ? Horse power to 25 Horsepower, with very few duplicated. Most of these engines were restored to original condition, but some were as they were found which makes looking them over more interesting. We had a large quarry compressor powered by a 25 H. P. Foos throttle governed engine furnishing air for our model tent. (This gets me out of the gas engines and into the model tent.) Our model tent was as complete as any that I have ever seen. Everything from a model of a Case Steamer to a model of a Mississippi River Stern Wheeler. Just outside the model tent was a 30 H. P. Leffel Port able Boiler furnishing steam for several small steam engines and pumps.
We had quite a few antique autos and several pieces of old farm equipment. A three head block saw mill was in operation quite steadily, and a shingle mill that drew a lot of attention.
Our supply of oats was short, but George and Herman Waldmiller of Lancaster Township put on a real threshing demonstration using the 20 - 40 Rumely Oil Pull and the Case Separator that they bought new many, many years ago. These boys are 79 and 81 years young; but it does your heart good to see how efficiently these boys get the grain out of straw. They have sold their outfit to Charlie Summers of Springville, but the good Lord willing, they will be running this rig at our '69 show.
12 - 20 Oil Pull owned by Karl Wiley of West Seneca of New York. Photo by Joe Graves.
3 Hp. New Way, owned by Robert Brown of Waterport, New York. Photo by Joe Graves.
I know that I have missed a lot of things that would be of interest to you people that are reading this report. Come and see our show and see what you have missed.
Our show dates for 1969 are: September 12-13-14, at the Alexander Fire men's Park, Route N. Y. 98, ? mile south of U. S. 20, at Alexander, New York.
All the pictures with this report were taken by our Official Photographer, Joe Graves.