Courtesy of Bill Paulson, Butterfield Advocate Newspaper, Butterfield, Minnesota 56120
Butterfield Advocate Newspaper, Butterfield, Minnesota 56120
Perhaps the most enthusiastic exhibitor at the Threshing Bee was Bob Butterfield, a Wilmington, Ill., farmer, who was excited at seeing his name all over town. 'Almost like having your own town,' he mused.
Butterfield became curious about the town bearing his last name after reading about the Butterfield Threshing Bee. He and his wife arrived in Butterfield Friday evening after driving the 532 miles from their home. They promptly became acquainted with many local folks, although he said he was unable to make any direct connection between the railroad man Butterfield village was named after and his own relatives.
But what Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield arrived driving caused quite a stir. They drove from Illinois in an immaculately restored 1932 Auburn coupe, a classic car with glistening chrome that even had monogrammed windows. The car is a 12-cylinder, 160 horsepowered beauty with a 3-speed shift and a 2-speed rear end. Only 24 of this model were produced by an Auburn, Ill., car manufacturer and only three are known to exist today.
Butterfield said he bought the car nine years ago and restored it himself, although it did run when he got it. How fast will the car go?, 'As fast as the speed limit allows,' he said, adding that the Wilmington to Butterfield drive was no problem at all.
Not only did the Butterfields make a lot of friends in Butterfield, they also went home Sunday afternoon with a trophy. Their 1932 Auburn was voted 'most popular' car by visitors who cast ballots Sunday afternoon at the Engine House No. 2 display.