Old Timers Days XENIA, OHIO

| February/March 2000

Oliver 99

1957 Oliver 99 (chrome for 1957 World Plowing Match).

2821 Wilmington Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036

On the weekend of September 24, 25, and 26, the temperature varied from 55 degrees in the early morning to 86 degrees in the late afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. We had low humidity on all three days. It is so very dry. The weather was great for the meeting of many people interested in old machinery, tractors, engines, horses, mules, donkeys and food galore

I drove to Xenia, Ohio, a 24-mile trip, with my 1? HP John Deere series E engine, 1951 LUC John Deere combine engine, and a 1979 John Deere garden tractor on Wednesday evening. I arrived at 4:00 p.m. I found over 150 tractors already present. I unloaded my John Deeres and then began to look things over. I looked at them for two hours. I was really impressed. At 6:30 p.m. everybody was asked go come to the office for homemade ice cream and cake. The Old Timers and their wives really put on a real feed. Every single person was invited. The food was all free to everybody.

On Friday morning at 6:00 a.m. I went to the fairgrounds to see all the tractors and engines. It was really fun watching the many people unload their favorite equipment, very impressive. I spent hours of enjoyable time watching people bring their trucks, trailers and their own specific worldly possessions to the Old Timers show.

Friday, September 24, I personally counted 220 tractors, 90 garden tractors, 120 engines. There were also a 1944 Rosenthal shredder, 1944 Huber thresher, one silo cutter, 1923 Birdsell clover huller, 5/8 scale Rumely steam engine, and they were still coming in every few minutes. Lots of people do not come in until Friday because of their work schedule.

All three days, Russell Luse and his crew shredded corn, filled silo, hulled clover seed and threshed wheat. They also shelled and ground corn after the shredding process. Each day somebody else would belt their tractor to the different machines. One particular day a 5/8 scale of 1912 20-60 Rumely steam engine was used to power the thresher. Everyone was interested in the power generated by the use of wood and coal to produce steam to power the thresher.