| November/December 1973

306 W. Anthony, Corydon, Iowa 50060

The Central Hawkeye Gas Engine and Tractor Association put on a popping good show at the Living History Farms Grain Festival on August 4 and 5, 1973. The Living History Farm located near junctions of Highway 35 and 80 west of Des Moines, Ia. is a project that was started sometime in the 60's. This consists of a pioneer farm of 1840 complete with log buildings, rail fences and an oxen team. Darwin Thede is the top man on this project.

Darwin is also a member of the Central Hawkeye Club, but was too busy putting on demonstrations of shingle making with a frow. Also around this pioneer farm were demonstrations of threshing with a flail, soap making, rope making, and several other items of interest.

Future plans for the Living History Farms area 1900 farm and farming with the most modern method of farming that is possible. The Central Hawkeye Club sort of adopted these Living History Farm events for some of their biggest meetings. This is one of the many lucky breaks the Living History Farm have had because the club really puts on an attraction.

Rich Parsons of Indianola, Ia. said there were 70 gas engines on the grounds August 4th but he hadn't taken a head count yet on Sunday, August 5th. Mrs. Rich Parsons and others were right on hand with a headquarters set-up to sign up new members and said the club now had 170 members signed up. I met quite a few of the members, some I have known for a long time such as Dick Ries of Des Moines. I never have gone to an engine show in Iowa that there wasn't a Ries around somewhere. It was his Uncle Wilbur Ries of Murray, Ia. who twisted my arm to join this club. As soon as my arm healed up I wrote Bernard Cline of Norwalk, Ia. and told him to get me in this club as soon as possible. Bernard was at this meet with an 8 HP Fuller Johnson 1914 model gas engine and I think had the 8 HP? economy engine that run the slowest of any engine I have seen for some time - a real gas saver.

Thayne Henderson of Waukee, Ia. was also on hand with a Monitor engine and an Associated engine like mine. The boys tell me Thayne has a whole farm full of goodies.