STUMPTOWN STEAM THRESHERS


| June/July 1986



Route 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio

Beautiful hot weather graced the Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion held on September 7 & 8, 1985, which many attended.

Saturday's show opened with prayer by Lester Nabb and flag raising ceremonies led by the Cadiz Boy Scouts Troop #269. Threshing, baling, cornmeal grinding, sawing, shingle making, power eater demo, etc. continued until the noon whistle blow. At 12:45, the Ladies Auxiliary crowned Joe Harrison Thresherman of the Year and Jane Sloan as Queen. The crowning was done by last year's winners, Doc Saffell and Mary Hard-rock. The new thresherman of the year and queen took their royal ride in the back of Ralph Jones' 1922 Model T 1-ton truck. At 1:00, the slow engine race and block race got underway. The slow engine race in the antique class was won by Jim Fisher on Harrison's 20 HP Russell and Bill Rees won in the scale class. John McDowell won the block race with his 23-90 Baker.

Then the usual program of activities continued until 3:30 p.m. when the kiddie tractor pull under the supervision of the TriValley Young Farmers & Wives got underway. The winners were Mike Modra, Chad Corder, Matt Miller, Todd Hixon and Clarence Cattrell. Trophies were awarded for 1st prize winners in every class and each contestant was given a patch.

At 7:00 p.m., the fiddling contest got underway. There were only 9 contestants with six receiving trophies. Carl Porter, who is 85 years young, played several tunes on his mouth organ while the judges were tallying up the scores. Trophies in the under 60 class were awarded to Larry Stull, Clarence Miller and Carrie Dillon (who, at 7, was our youngest contestant) and in the 60 and older category the winners were Jim Addy, Dorman Jefferies and Frances Dalton. Afterwards the entire group played several tunes including 'Mocking Bird' and 'Orange Blossom Special'.

On Sunday, the show started with church services led by Marion Rogers of Freeport and two groups of gospel singers. After the services, the usual activities got underway until the noon whistles. At 1:00 p.m. fifteen gas tractor operators entered the wagon backing contest. Doc Saffell took first place by completing the course in 1 minute, 15 seconds and Brian Brown took second place by completing the course in 1 minute, 25 seconds.