Puget Sound Report

| January/February 1975

181 Hemmi Rd., Bellingham, Wash. 98225

In spite of early morning rain, the 3rd Annual Threshing Bee of the Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Assoc. got off to a good start at 11:00 AM when the oats dried off enough to begin threshing.

Billed as the 'largest old tractor and machinery display on the west coast', the show grounds were lined with 60 old gas tractors, including a 1923 Rumely oil pull owned by Marshal Bayes; three steam tractors - a 12 HP Advance, a 25 HP Aultman & Taylor, and a 5 HP Moldenhauer; 50 old gas engines from a 1 HP Maytag owned by young Glen VanLant up to a 16 HP Galloway; eight old threshing machines; binders, reapers, balers, buzz saws, drag saws, and fans.

The last two years the show has been held on land donated by Henry Jansen.

1500 spectators visited the two day show, held August 23 and 24.

New this year was a huge power testing fan. Winning this event was Doug VanLant's 18-28 Oliver Hart Parr tractor. Earning other prizes were Best Restored Gas Engines -1-1/2 HP International and 3 HP Fairbanks Morse by Jake Wiebe of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada; Best Restored Antique Tractor - 8-16 International by the Postma Brothers; Biggest Display of Gas Engines - John Ball of Burlington, Wash.; Biggest Display of Old Tractors - Maurice Beld and Sons; Coming the Farthest with a Gas Engine Display - John Tucker of Sedro Wooley, Wash.