| December/January 1989

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

Herman 'Slim' Watson and his wife MYRTA, who lived near McLouth in Leavenworth County, Kansas, always had a warm spot in their hearts for the old 'Iron Horse' or the great steam engines and threshing machines. They decided to invite other 'Iron Horse' owners to their farm to show off their engines and machines. This is how the Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee got started back in 1957.

The show was traditionally held at the Watson farm. In 1965 it came under the authority of The Heart of America Antique Steam Engine and Model Assoc., Inc. or simply called 'The Association' by the local residents and was relocated to their present show site, on the south edge of McLouth, Kansas.

Our dear MYRTA WATSON passed away September 9, 1989 following an ever so brief illness. She was born September 30, 1903.

Our brother CALVIN 'CAB' HANSEN passed away June 10, 1989, also after a short illness. He was born January 21, 1903. Cab had been the hired hand for the Watson family 57 years. He was always considered part of the family and gave a lifetime of love, devotion, and dedicated service while living with the Watsons.

The officers, directors, members and friends so loved them and they shall never be forgotten.

Submitted by Doug McQuitty, President of Heart of America Antique Steam Engine and Model Assoc. Inc. McLouth, Kansas 66054.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.

Facebook YouTube


click me