A Trip Into the Past Through 'OLD TIME POWER'

| May/June 1984

  • Massey Harris tractors and engines

  • Old Time Power and Machinery Show

  • Charles Greiner and Bonnie Hall
    Photographs by Charles Greiner and Bonnie Hall.

  • Massey Harris tractors and engines
  • Old Time Power and Machinery Show
  • Charles Greiner and Bonnie Hall

R.R. I, Box 42 Stanhope, Iowa 50246

Nostalgia or educational history...The Central Hawkeye Gas Engine and Tractor Association's Old Time Power and Machinery Show is both. Nostalgia for the 'Old Timers' as they remember when, and historical education for the young and middle aged as they study, learn and enjoy the preservation of Iowa's past.

Truly a 'Festival of Iowa', the event will give visitors an opportunity to 'Come Explore the Heartland'. The show's many special events are sure to impress and please young and old alike. Huge displays of power of the past steam engines, oil and gasoline tractors and gasoline engines of almost every size, description and make can be seen in all their glory in working displays, i.e., shelling and grinding corn, making veneer or shingles, or washing clothes. The Association features a specific make of tractor, and a specific make of gas engine at each show. The 1984 show features are Massey Harris tractors and engines. Each brand attempts to out-show the other by trying to exhibit the entire line. Memorabilia displays related to the featured brand are also included. Exhibitors receive plaques and/or ribbons for participation.

Many long hours are spent restoring the tractors and engines. Most are salvaged from junk yards, groves or dumps as rusty iron pieces of 'frozen' working parts. The precious finds are tenderly and patiently restored, disassembled piece by piece, cleaned, sand blasted, primed, painted and reassembled. Even an unappreciative wife or mother gets a thrill of pride when after two or three years of parts here and there, and grease on everything, the last part is replaced (no pieces left over). Fueled and oiled, fingers crossed and holding breath and mouth just right, the first attempt is made to start the machineit fires and runs. Neighbors for miles around learn of this exciting accomplishment from the shrieks of delight coming from grown men. With a little fine tuning the treasured machine will be ready for the 9th annual Old Time Power and Machinery Show.

1983 was a milestone for the show with completion of restoration and installation of the 1880 steam powered sawmill. Bernard Cline, Charlie Smith and Randy Jones completed the restoration and now operate this intriguing display throughout the three day event. A newly erected storage building houses four permanent stationary engines, special miniature engine displays, and antiquity craft demonstrations. With the revitalization of the quilting craze, a special ladies' feature for 1984 will be a quilt show. Hundreds of quilts will be proudly exhibited by quilters and collectors.

A parade is held on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Steamers, antique tractors, antique cars and trucks from the displays encircle the grounds as proud owners fire-up and give spectators a real look and thrill. Other special activities include tractor and car turtle races, antique tractor pulls, threshing, baling, weaving, spinning, carving and other crafts. Antique cars and trucks from a Model T to an I H Auto Wagon are displayed; the Cast Iron Seat Association national convention is held. Belt Buckle Collectors, a Farm Toy Show, and a quality outdoor antique market bring many perennial patrons to enjoy their special interests. Activities throughout the 3 day weekend give show goers plenty to do.


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