1871 Laurel Street Hamilton, Illinois 62341
The 32nd annual Western Illinois Threshers Bee was held August 6, 7, and 8, 1999, in Hamilton, Illinois, featuring Maytag engines and memorabilia. Sixty engine exhibitors attended the three-day show bringing 245 engines, including 173 Maytags. There was a wide assortment of engines and lots of memorabilia to be seen. A few of the more notable displays were brought by William Thiel of Carrollton, Illinois, who brought a nice trailer-load consisting of a Maytag racer, a collection of Elgin engines, a fruit jar engine on a model 72 washer, a sausage stuffer and butter churn, along with an assortment of other engines and tools.
Todd Wallbaum of Ashland, Illinois, brought his interesting trailer showing the various changes in each model of Maytag engines including a twin air compressor, twin windpower generator, and twin light plant.
Gene Trumho of Carlisle, Iowa, brought a large display of memorabilia along with a Maytag racer by a Briggs and Stratton engine, and 92/w battery charger.
Claudine Rawdin, President of the Maytag Collectors Club, and her grandson Aaron Woods of Champaign, Illinois, brought along their nice Maytag racer and an interesting experimental all-aluminum twin cylinder Maytag.
Rob Coyle presenting Jonnie Adkins of Montrose, Iowa, with the featured engine plaque.
In all, there were 16 uprights (three with mags), several stove legs, both ? HP and 1 HP models, 20-82's, three Maytag racers, one fruit jar engine, 92's/w battery chargers, one McLean cultivator tractor, two simmer pumps, two twin compressors, two Zip-Zip mowers, one twin windcharger, a twin light plant, and the usual assortment of 92's and twins.
Among the many Maytag displays, dozens of other engines from different manufacturers could be found. There were Internationals of many models, John Deeres, a nicely restored 5 HP Stickney, Cushmans, Fairbanks-Morse, New Ways, and McCormick-Deerings to name a few.
It was a pleasure meeting all the new folks, and I hope everyone enjoyed the show. Western Illinois Threshers, and I would like to thank everyone who turned out for the 32nd annual show with all the great displays. Our thirty-third annual show will be held August 4, 5, and 6, 2000, featuring International Harvester tractors and engines. See you all there !