| July/August 1982

  • Threshing Days at Goessel

  • 40 HP DeLavernge sideshaft crude oil engine

  • Threshing Days at Goessel
  • 40 HP DeLavernge sideshaft crude oil engine

Box 131, Goessel, Kansas 67053

The eighth annual Country Threshing Days at Goessel, Kansas, proved to be the largest turnout of steam engines and gas engines and various displays that the Wheat Heritage Engine and Threshing Co. had put on to date. There were five traction steam engines of various sizes on display. Dave Sibbets had his nicely restored 30 HP Case; Jerry Toews had a 40 HP Case and a 65 HP Case; Dan White had his beautiful 20 HP M Rumely; and a newly restored Reeves was displayed by Richard Wall. Richard and Tom Terning of Valley Center had just put a new boiler on the old Reeves and Richard had feverishly been working on the engine to get it ready for show time. He was persistently determined to road the engine to the showgrounds, which was about 15 miles from his home. It proved to be a very grueling trip for Richard as all bearings were poured new and some would heat as others would seat in and need readjusting. There was the problem of fuel along the way as well as the need for water. I think I heard Richard say, 'Never again!'

A new acquisition for our club was the beautifully restored and sweet-running 40 HP DeLavernge crude oil engine. The engine was donated to the club by John DeForest of Peabody. It was a club project to clean and restore the giant; however, the main engineers were the ever capable Bartel boys of Hillsboro. Old man Bartel said one night he went to bed at 1:00 a.m. after working on the big fellow and he thought his boys stayed up until 3:00 a.m. working on it. Bud did it ever pay off; for those who saw it running will attest to that. The engine weighs 17,380 pounds, has a 12?' bore and a 21' stroke. The piston and rod weigh 606 pounds.

Another new item for our club this year was a new 50' x 100' steel building that the club put up on the showgrounds. It was a great place to find shade and will be enjoyed by many through the years.

Side view of the 40 HP DeLavernge sideshaft crude oil engine. Total weight: 17,380 pounds. Rod and piston weigh 606 pounds, 12?' bore, 21' stroke.

Light at night was provided by the Diesel Electric plant furnished by the Bartels. They also provided a dyno to test horsepower of the old tractors and steam engines.


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