Teton Antique 1989 Show

| July/August 1990

  • Jason & Josh Alzheimer
    Jason & Josh Alzheimer on Greg Alzheimer's 18-36 Hart Parr.

  • Jason & Josh Alzheimer

3208A 9th Avenue North Great Falls, Montana 59401

The Teton Antique Steam & Gas Threshing Association held its 1989 show and threshing bee the weekend following Labor Day. Unlike past years, the show was held at the association's new permanent location in Choteau, Montana instead of at Ove Larson's farm. However, as has been the case in most years, the weather was not overly cooperative. Saturday was cloudy with chilly winds, and Sunday morning was downright cold after the light snow that fell during the night. What kept the weekend from being a disaster was the location, surrounded by trees and buildings which blunted the force of the Montana gales.

Both days began around 7:00 a.m. with a sourdough pancake breakfast hosted by members Gordon and Paula Larson. Hotcakes, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee, and orange juice formed a typical old time thresher's breakfast. Anyone who went away hungry had to either be sick or not appreciate this type of menu.

New to the show in 1989 was a wooden frame shingle mill. Once we got it adjusted properly, we were able to produce souvenir shingles for those who desired them. Member Dan Lannen provided a branding iron and was kept quite busy producing these, some of which were given to businesses and individuals who donated money or services to the association. The mill will be a great asset when we begin restoration of the Great Northern Railway Depot which will be moved to the grounds this winter.

Power for the mill came from a John Deere W power unit purchased along with a Belsaw sawmill from Gene DuBree of Helena, Montana. On Saturday, the engine gave some trouble, but a magneto change Sunday morning solved the problem quickly.

Another new feature this year was grain grinding. Rae Ginther had our hammermill and Letz buhrmill belted to the club's 1942 LA Case. If only we could get the tractor to start easier, we would have a superb outfit. Rae sold several bags of flour and could have sold more but he ran out of wheat to grind.