First Generation Tractors Theme At Goessel, Kansas


| August/September 1991



Case Crossmotor tractor

Frank Heyman threshed with this 25-45 Case Crossmotor tractor throughout the day on Saturday.

R.D.# 1, Box l06 Canton, Kansas 67428

The Wheat Heritage Engine & Threshing Co. ( W.H.E.A.T. CO.) and the Mennonite Heritage Museum of Goessel held their 17th annual Country Threshing Days August 3rd, 4th and 5th, 1990.

Friday was designated set-up day. Four bundle wagons of wheat were gathered earlier in the week, because of forecasted rain for the weekend. Unfortunately, the rains did come most of Friday and left three more loads shocked in the field. One more half load showed up from the Museum's turkey red plot. The rain also hampered setting up and unloading, somewhat, until later that evening. The crew then enjoyed hot dogs and 'fixins', furnished by several of the members' 'better looking halves'.

Saturday was a beautiful day! Lots of visitors and exhibitors came to enjoy the show. This year's show theme was first generation tractors, and ended up being well represented. Deemer Unruh packed most of his collection over from McPherson with some members providing the loading, hauling, and unloading. Dave Sebits' truck was overworked as usual with great enthusiasm by its owner (thanks, Dave!). Deemer's exhibits included: a 12-25 Wallis, 1918 Parrot, 18-36 Hart Parr, 1916 8-16 Mogul, 10-20 Titan, 12-27 Waterloo Boy, Moline Universal and two steam traction engines. Virgil Litke brought a nice Bull tractor. Frank Heyman brought a big 25-45 Case Crossmotor which he belted to an early Case separator during the show. Walden Duerkson had his spoke flywheel John Deere D. Other gas tractors, totaling some 70 or thereabouts, supported their own display proudly with makes and models as well as owners too numerous to mention but enjoyed and well appreciated.

Stationary engines were represented by some 50 in number. We would like to encourage more stationary engine owners to bring them to our next show. Don't let the tractor guys outnumber us! The club's own 200 HP De La Vergne two cylinder horizontal and 100 HP Fairbanks two cylinder upright were running well, thanks to our head engineer, Jim Weins of Goessel. Come see these big engines! Both took a lot of selfless sweat and sacrifice from the membership to be found, moved, and put back in running condition. We hope to have write-ups on these in future issues of this grand magazine.

One impressive display that deserves mention is the Wilbert Bartel family's ice cream freezer. It is belted to some gearing from a 25 HP De La Vergne engine. (A little overkill, but a lot of fun.) Makes a lot of ice cream, too.