Northwest Antique Power

Montana Show Serves Up Good Times for All

| April/May 2004

1921 American sawmill

Detail of the friction drive on a 1921 American sawmill No. 1.

On Sept. 6 and 7, 2003, the fog lifted from the Flathead Valley, and our show grounds once again opened for the annual Northwest Antique Power Association Show in Columbia Falls, Mont. For the 2003 show we had 132 engines, 34 tractors and three steam engines on site.

Neil Meyer of Salmon Prairie, Mont., brought a 1921 American sawmill No. 1 that he completely restored in only nine months. The No. I has a straight friction on the mandrel, which is movable to any position on the disc. Neil got power for sawing lumber from a 1914 50 HP J.I. Case steam engine owned by 90-year-old Austin Monk, and it was definitely a crowd-pleaser. As one person was overheard to say, 'I never knew where or how lumber was made until I saw this sawmill.'

About 70 photographers from all over the country attended the show on Sunday, and they were taken back as most of them had never attended such a show. Attendance was strong both days, and preparations for our 2004 show are in swing. Come out and help us celebrate next year's Northwest Antique Power Association Show in Columbia Falls, Mont., Sept. 11-12, 2004.

For more information, contact John Edgerton at: 27 Loon Lake Road, Bigfork, MT 59911; (406) 837-4795.