Cedar Valley Engine Club

| May/June 1995

  • 1903 Hart-Parr stationary engine
    This rare engine is made to run upside down.

  • 1903 Hart-Parr stationary engine

613 8th Avenue Charles City, Iowa 50616

This is a 1903 Hart-Parr stationary engine owned and restored by Michael Shanks of Nora Springs, Iowa. Michael purchased this engine from Roy Hanson, whose father Hans bought it new. The Hart Parr engine was kept and maintained by the Hanson family all these years until it was sold to Michael in July of 1994.

Michael is a great-nephew of Charles Hart, cofounder of the Hart-Parr tractor. Michael Shanks lives on a Hart farm two miles north of Nora Springs, Iowa. He is also restoring other Hart Parr tractors.

The Threshers Reunion this year was almost a 'rain out.' Saturday was only fair, Sunday it rained all day, but Monday was good. We just had a lot of mud to contend with.

We have acquired a one hundred year old rural school house from the area and put it on a permanent foundation and it has been restored to some extent.

We have built a new 60 x 32 ft. machine shed this summer. We have a parade of tractors and steam engines every day, followed by a door prize drawing. A band shell and bleachers, under shade trees, provides old time music through the day. Anyone can come and entertain. We have a large flea market, and we had good business in the lunch stand.