| July/August 1971

  • Warren Shank with his model gas engine
    Courtesy of Denis McCormack, 404 West Timonium Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093.
    Denis McCormack
  • Fordson Tractor

  • Warren Shank with his model gas engine
  • Fordson Tractor

The Butterfield Advocate Butterfield, Minnesota 56120

The Butterfield Threshermen's

The Butterfield Threshermen's Association (Butterfield, Minn.) hosted its fourth annual Steam and Gas Engine Show the weekend of Aug. 15-16, 1970 under bright sunny skies.

The crowd saw the beginning of a pioneer village along with the usual machinery activity. A rural school and a historic church were added to the wooded lakeside Bee site, with plans to continue adding historical buildings from year to year.

But the news was the machinery. Over 20,000 enjoyed the Butterfield weekend show and they saw expansion of both the steam and gas tractor exhi-hits. Joe Steinhagen of Dodge Center, Minn. ran his 1924 - 24 hp. Ferdinand Kitten, as well as his 1902 - 18 hp. Huber, two real collector's items. Lloyd Belden of Cottage Grove, Minn. was another new exhibitor operating two beautifully conditioned Case steamers, one 40 hp. and one 50 hp.

Gas tractors have always been a top draw at the Butterfield Show. Our motto is not to exhibit a machine unless it's restored and running, and this was again the case in 1970. Over 50 tractors chugged during the show, and among special note were the addition of Art & Dave Buhler's huge 35-70 Minneapolis and Ben Bloemke's 30-60 Aultman-Taylor.