| March/April 1977

Route 4, Morrison, Illinois 61270

The Antique Engine and Tractor Association of Geneseo, Illinois held their 1976 show at the usual spot, the Ivan Wildemuth Farm. The crowd was about the usual size, the weather was nice, except for a sudden hard shower just after the parade on Saturday afternoon, which did not do the show too much harm, just got the crowd started home a bit early. Some of the younger, more hardy fans did not even bother to get up out of their chairs to stop their engines, just sat back and hollered, 'Let 'er rain!' Some of these folks came from parts of the country that suffered hard from drought this past year and they even enjoyed getting wet again. The sun came out after the shower and it was nice again for those who had engines to load.

There was more threshing this year and more steam engines than we have had for awhile. Two Advance Rumelys, a Wood Bros., a Case, the old Frick and the half size Grant Conboy Special which is a very good engine indeed.

The straw baling got a setback from the rain and since the youngsters had their usual good time tearing around in the straw pile, the shower had a good chance to wet things.

We had a new showpiece this year in the form of a one cylinder Fairbanks Morse tractor of about 1912-15 vintage. One can't judge the condition of this machine by its age. It is in new condition and it still runs that way. It winds its way around at a very contented 200 plus R.P.M. and the quiet 'chuff-chuffs' are so far apart, one gets the impression for just an instant, it has misfired. It sort of takes a very short nap in between its easy going efforts to keep on running. Joe McCash is the proud papa at the wheel.

The old Reeves 40 set this one out. It stood back by the com field and watched the proceedings with a contented smile on its greasy old face. It seems as if several folks formed the opinoin it is not in running condition any more, but this old job can fool you. It can set all year and with a sip of gas in each priming cup, it usually starts the second or third turnover and chuckles along in fine style. The fuel lines are out of condition and between his farming and two or three outside jobs, the engineer just couldn't get the time to fix things up.