RIVERBEND Steam and Gas Show


| April/May 1996



Oil Pull belted to Huber thresher

John Fennema's 1925 30-60 Oil Pull belted to Lee Scholma's 32' Huber thresher.

2222 92nd St. S.W. Byron Center, Michigan 49315

The River bend Steam and Gas Association of Allendale, Michigan, held its 27th show July 21, 22,1995, at the Lee Scholma farm. Allendale is a small town located about 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. We are a smaller show, but we have a friendly atmosphere that makes the time spent here fun for the whole family.

Approximately 150 tractors were on display. Case was the featured tractor this year. Although this area of Michigan is not Case country, a good variety of Case tractors still appeared, including an old cross mount Case.

A number of Oil Pulls are seen here every year. Al Rosema, our club president, had his 16-30 here that he restored a few years ago. He's also working on a 20-30 that he hopes to have at next year's show. A longtime feature of the River bend show is his 1914 15-30 Oil Pull. This huge single cylinder tractor was used near the Holland, Michigan, area for many years. It's fun to watch this machine in the tractor pull, with the engine going thump, thump, thump, as it works its way down the track. Al also brings along his 1918 wooden Rumely Ideal thresher every year. Since it was new, this machine has been a companion to his 15-30 Oil Pull.

John Fennema brings three Rumelys of his own every year, a 15-25, a Rumely 6, and a 30-60 that his father purchased new around 1925. An elderly gentleman in my church remembers when it was delivered on a railroad car to Cutler Ville, Michigan. He told me he was 'sick' from school that day to go see it unloaded. Railroad ties were used to drive it off.

John Huitema brought his 1926 16-30 Eagle tractor and also his 1940 British Field Marshall. This one cylinder diesel is started with a shotgun shell. It's also fun to watch in the tractor pull, as it shakes and blows smoke rings out of that exhaust stack!