A Little About Western Illinois Threshers


| August/September 2001



Mogul engine

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Everyone was welcome to the 33rd annual Western Illinois Threshers Bee, which was held August 4, 5, & 6th of 2000, featuring International Harvester tractors, trucks, and gas engines. Close to 500 tractors were present. Many could be seen operating in the daily parades, tractor pulls, tractor games, and many demonstrations.

In the car area the International Scout Connection from Ft. Madison, Iowa (a national club and newsletter for International Scout owners), displayed many very nice vintage Scout trucks, as well as memorabilia. Many other vehicles from different auto companies were also on hand.

Rob Coyle presenting Ted Stein of Ft. Madison, Iowa, with the featured engine plaque. HisZ 1914 15HP Mogul engine #501 in the background. This was the first engine of this size to come off the assembly line.

The 2000 featured tractor1937 T20 Crawler owned by Lester Harnetiaux of Hamilton, Illinois.

Down gas engine alley over 250 engines large and small could be seen; many demonstrating their everyday chores from their days on the farm, like pumping water, grinding corn, generating electricity, and washing clothes. Unusual tools, scooters, and vintage lawn tractors could also be seen.