Ohio Steam and Gas Engine Show

The Muskingum Valley Threshers Association of Zanesville held their first Ohio steam and gas engine show in 1963, the 1966 show is considered the best engine show yet.


| March/April 1967



A vintage tractor in the field.

A vintage tractor in the field.

PHOTO: FOTOLIA/CHERI131

A report from the Zanesville Ohio steam and gas engine show. 

The Muskingum Valley Threshers Association of Zanesville held their first Ohio steam and gas engine show in 1963 at the Bowden Farm. At that show we had only 2 steam engines and a number of gas tractors and gas engines. All three days the machines were kept busy. We had threshing, baling, and running the fan. Since then our show has grown a little each year.

Our 1966 show, we thought; was the best year yet. We had 6 steam traction engines, a good number of gas tractors and gas engines, a saw mill, and several pieces of old farm machinery.

The steam engines and owners are as follows: 9 hp Case, W. C. Dunlap, New Athens, Ohio; 12 hp Russell, Bill Waxier, Zanesville, Ohio; 12 hp Peerless, Herbert Holmes, Moundsville, West Virginia; 14 hp Frick, Raymond Laizure, Cadiz, Ohio; 20 hp Russell, Charles Harrison, Scio, Ohio; and a 24 hp Minneapolis, Lewis Dittoe, Dresden, Ohio.

Activities included threshing, baling, saw milling, grinding cornmeal on a stone burr mill and running the fan. A pony pull was held on Saturday night.

Our thanks go out to the Stump-town Steam Threshers Club of Cadiz, who helped to make our show successful. We also want to thank Reverend Guy Smith, who was on hand to lead church services Sunday morning, although we were not able to hold them due to rain.