1987 Cedar Valley Engine Club's Annual Threshers' Reunion


| May/June 1988

613 8th Avenue, Charles City, Iowa, 50616

1987 was a good year for Cedar Valley Engine Club's annual Threshers' Reunion. As usual it was held on Labor Day weekend, which next year will be September 3 thru 5. We had good weather for this year's show, a little rain on Saturday night that didn't amount to much. There were good crowds all three days. We had people attend from all across the United States, from England, Canada, and I don't know where else.

This year the Cedar Valley Engine Club hosted the Prairie Gold Rush Club which is a group of Minneapolis-Moline collectors from the midwest & mideastern U. S. and Canada. We had a good turnout from them-there were around 75 tractors and 35 other pieces of equipment of the M-M line which made a good showing. Many of their members were here, although for some, it was too far to bring anything. A Prairie Gold Rush Club banquet was held Saturday at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Charles City with 225 in attendance.

All in all it was a good year for us. We had about 400 gasoline engines and about 100 tractors of various makes. Of course, being close to Charles City, there is always a good showing of Hart-Parr and Oliver equipment. A 1930 Hart-Parr 30-60, a 12-24, an 18-36, and 28-50. There is also the usual line of later Oliver tractors-the 70's and the old Row-Crops with the skeleton tip-toe wheels. We even have an Oliver 900 which was built in 1946. These are somewhat rare as there were only about 290 built. We have a lot of Farmalls and John Deeres too, of course. Then, there were a few Cases, a Silver King or two, a Massey-Harris and some others; I can't quite remember them all. Mr. Harold Swartzrock has a rare Case 12-25 tractor that was built in 1914 or 1915. It has a 2 cylinder opposed engine, runs good, has never been repainted and still has the original decals on it. They are getting somewhat faded, but you can still see them.

We usually thresh three loads of bundles each day with the threshing outfit. We saw lumber with a big sawmill and there is a scale model sawmill that saws a lot of lumber, too. Roger Byrne from Racine, Minnesota brings his undermounted Avery which is a ? scale model of a 40HP undermounted Avery. This year, he also brought an 8-16 Mogul tractor which he put on the shingle mill; it is a real showpiece. We also have a 2-hole custom corn sheller which is running most of the time, powered by a somewhat rare 8HP Waterloo Boy. There are usually some other small shellers around the grounds running, shelling a little corn, grinding a little feed. This year, we also had 2 corn shredders, we ran one of them one day and the other the next day. One is a McCormick-Deering and the other is a four-roll Rosenthal that was given to us this past year. We generally use a 10-20 McCormick-Deering to run them. All in all, we do have a lot of stuff and most of it is actually running during the show.

We had another new feature this year: we finally got the Nordberg steam engine/air compressor running. The Allis-Chalmers Company gave this to us from the old Rumely factory at LaPorte, Indiana. They tell us it is the only one in existence. There were three of them made and this is the only one that was ever installed. It is now in a new 40x60 building and the boiler is in a lean-to along the side. We were fortunate to get a like-new, oil fired boiler from Racine, Minnesota.


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