The Chilhowee Antique Farm Machinery Collectors Organization


| May/June 1986

RR 1, Box 51, Chilhowee, Missouri 64733

The Chilhowee Antique Farm Machinery Collectors held their 3rd annual fall show on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September, in spite of in climate weather. The day Friday started warm and sunny and it wasn't long before activities could be noted over the entire show ground. Firing away, the old stationary engines were lined up along the hedge row. Always a crowd pleaser, we had several good, well restored engines running through out the show.

Just down the hill, the sawmill was providing entertainment as well as turning out lumber to be used in a club member's building project. Several different power units spent time on the saw mill, which was operated by Mr. Harley Thomas of Butler, Mo. Mr. Thomas had built the portable mill and is truly the master of its operation. Friday, the main motive power for the mill was a styled AR John Deere, owned by Mr. Henry Boehler, Clinton, Mo. On Saturday, Herb Best's 1930 E 25-40 Allis Chalmers spent some time on the mill, a job which it had enjoyed on a regular basis some thirty years ago.

Power for the threshing rig, a 28' McCormick Deering, was provided by Gary Davis' 1931 F-30 Farmall, while the baler, a 1920's International, was powered by Whit Hanes' 1938 A John Deere. The baled straw was later used for seating for the tractor pull.

The beautiful draft horses were at work pulling wagons and plowing. The men displaying these horses worked hard showing and working these fine animals. A well-deserved thanks goes out to the men on our horse committee and those who showed horses. Namely, some of these men were, Leonard Mothersbaugh, Rev. Warren Haley, Paul Poort, Emery Adair, and Mr. Vincel Daugherty. Their efforts with the horses and the mini-mules were greatly appreciated.

The weathermen had been saying we were to have a drastic weather change and at about 6 o'clock in the evening, the weather cooperated with the meteorologists instead of us. In one hour, the temperatures had dropped almost 20 degrees, not to mention the showers which dampened, thoroughly, the remaining crowd. The bon-fire for the usual weiner roast sure felt good and the crowd lingered for some time around it. An area country music group, The Missouri Travelers, provided some fine entertainment, in spite of the miserable conditions.


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