Homestead Olde Tyme Power Show


| June/July 1989



Antique gas machine

62 Memorial Ct., Highland, Illinois 62249

Steam engines, antique tractors, stationary engines, and horse-drawn implements will be an even bigger part of the second annual Homestead Olde Tyme Power Show in Highland, Illinois, August 11-13.

Located on an historic farm where the ground will be worked, the wheat harvested and threshed the old-fashioned way, the southwestern Illinois show will be only 35 miles from St. Louis on Interstate 70, and 17 miles north of Interstate 64 on Route 160. Knowing what crowd-pleasers they are, Don Seifried of Highland and the show committee already are planning more demonstrations and more accessible displays as well as wider participation.

The show is held at the Latzer Homestead, where Louis Latzer began life as son of a pioneer dairy farmer and became founder and president of the Pet Milk Company. The house, grounds and 40 acres of wheat fields now are owned by the Highland Historical Society. The power show there is the outgrowth of a threshing demonstration during the town's Sesquicentennial in 1987. Still sponsored by the society, the power shows are involving much more of the community and participation is expanding into more of southern Illinois and Missouri.

For last year's show and demonstrations, there were eight steam engines, more than 30 old tractors and about 20 antique gasoline motors. A team of Belgian horses hauled the hay bundles up to the Nichols and Shepard separator in an old hay wagon. The separator had been restored by the late Don Weder of Highland.

Several steam engines took part in the actual threshing; these included a 1910 Gaar-Scott of the Weder family and a 1902 Keck-Gonnerman of Joe Graziana of Wood River. Tractors on display and in the parade included the 1916 Waterloo Boy of Bob Berberich of Lebanon and the 1916 Mogul of Kenny Bohanon of the same area. Gordon Kamper of Freeburg gave a plowing demonstration with his huge 1922 Aultman-Taylor tractor with the eight-foot wheels.