| January/February 1978

Box 133, LeCenter, Minnesota 56057

In spite of an earlier shower of rain, sunshine and cool weather prevailed thru out our fourth annual Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Assn. Threshing Show held on our permanent grounds, located seven miles northwest of LeCenter, Minn., at the Dave Preuhs farm. Attendance was nearly a thousand including several car loads of old timers brought from the Central Nursing Home in LeCenter. Many of these people are retired farmers having lived their entire lives in the area. They received much enjoyment visiting at our show.

Our first major show proved to be an overwhelming success, having 51 antique tractors, 77 gas engines and many, many pieces of old farm machinery including several threshing rigs, corn shredders, plows and a saw mill. Also, Jim Mollenhauer of Le Sueur, Minn., operated his 24 H.P. Minneapolis Steam Engine, bringing back memories for many old timers.

The field activities included sawing lumber and shingles which seem to disappear among the crowd as fast as they are sawed (must be a lot of leaky roofs around that need patching). Mike Kovich and Wally Carlson of Jordan, Minn., own and operate the saw mill, which Maynard Rohloff and Gordon Mutch were kept busy at the shingle mill. Glen and Eldon Braun of Le Center provided power for the saw mill with a 25-45 Lauson and Dave Preuhs had his 28-50 Hart Parr belted up for awhile.

Sixteen hundred bushels of oats were threshed out of 8 stacks by a 36-inch Red River Special owned by Dave Preuhs, a 22 inch Red River Special owned by Wayne Schwartz and a 28-inch Belle City owned by Wayne Schwartz. Also powering these rigs were a 45-65 Avery belonging to the Budinski Bros, of West Concord, Minn., a 1928 John Deere owned by Bill Theleman of Le Sueur, Minn., and many other tractors too numerous to mention.

Baling straw was an interesting event using a 1915 John Deere Dain hay press owned by Glen and Eldon Braun and powered by a Model H John Deere, also owned by them. Corn shredding was done with a four roll Rosenthal corn shredder owned by Dave Preuhs. The Baker Fan is always a challenge to any engine and was put to good use both days.