North Dakota 58779.
On October 7 & 8, the three museum buildings were emtied for
the Makoti Threshers Parade and Show. Heading the antique units in
the parade down main street for this year was Clarence Butler,
Mesa, Arizona on his 1913 red and green Big 4 30-60 tractor.
Clarence and his tractor are also featured on the 1972 souvenir
Three out of the five tractors that won qualifying heats in the
gas tractor slow race and ended up in the finals were Averys. The
14-28 Avery driven by Oswald Schenfisch, Makoti was the only
tractor still moving at the end of the race. Corwin Jones of Ryder
on the Regular Farmall killed his engine first. The 12-25 Avery
run-by Alfred Janz of Ryder, died next. The 20-35 Emerson run by
Richard Haugen, Ryder, stopped. Herb Shafer, President, Rose-glen
on the 40-80 was the last one in the race with the 14-28 Avery.
Herb throttled down too much just before the finish line and his
tractor quit. So Oswald was the winner and received the traveling
Six steam engines were in the steam tractor slow race. The first
day W. L. Morris, Ryder on the 1920 25-75 Russell won while Carl
Yahnke, Roseglen on the 1910 25-85 Nichols and Shepard won the
second day. The slowest machine on the field was the
Staude-Mak-A-Tractor just restored by Loren, Secretary and Mardon
Quandt, Makoti. Although not considered a conventional tractor,
this car with the tractor converstion attachment can really move at
a snail’s pace. The driver Geniel Evanchenko, Makoti
demonstrated this a number of times each day.
Some other items shown for the first time were: a 1916 Model T
truck owned by A. T. Skarsgard, Makoti and driven by George
Endresen Plaza; a 1929 Model A Ford owned by Byron and Colleen
Holtan, Raub; a 1937 WK-40 McCormick Deering tractor driven by Mark
Widdel donated to the Association by the Widdel Bros. Rural Minot;
Carl Olsen, Powers Lake brought a Model T Depot Hack beautifully
restored by him and Willard, his father; a 1926 Model T Coupe by
Jim Singer, Cheyenne, Wyoming; a 1940 Plymouth pickup owned by
Erhart, Makoti and Darlod Petersen, Newtown; Jack Harvey, Minot
drove his 1936 immaculate Rolls Royce; Art Forsman, Roseglen drove
the 1919 Model T Truck donated to the Association by Mr. Donald
Barrdson, Pharshall; the fourth trailer of stationary engines shown
by Wayne Jones, Ryder, includes the following engines which Wayne
restored the past year: Hustler 11/2 H. P.;
Famous upright 3 H. P.; Judson 11/2 H. P.;
Famous Hopper-cooled 21/2 H. P.; The Busy Boy
11/2 H. P.; Sandwich on a feed mill
11/2 H. P.; Stover
2-21/2 H. P.; McVicker Automatic 2 H. P.;
Fuller & Johnson pump 11/2 H. P.; Stover
1 H. P.; Fairbanks-Morse Eclipse 1 H. P.; Mogul Engine 1 H. P.;
Newway 4 H. P. Monitor 5 H. P. and John Deere 6 H. P. Wayne also
had a 4 H. P. Ottawa Log Saw sawing on a large log each day. O. J.
Karna, Anoka, Minnesota displayed a 1907 4 H. P. Lauson engine on
the original factory built engine truck.
The six cylinder WK-40 McCormick Deering tractor demonstrated
its power by pulling several large steam engines and gas tractors
out of the museum on Friday so they could be readied for the
The 1908 Aultman-Taylor 20-60 steam engine was reflued just
prior to the show with the help of Gerry Roth, Drake. Engineer Lial
Peterson, Makoti and fireman Elden Petrick, Makoti were well
pleased with the performance of the engine during the show.
Saturday’s parade opened with a flyover by F 106 Delta Darts
from the Fifth Fighter Intercepter Squadron at Minot Air Force
Fairbanks Morse Z, 11/2 HP. No.371176.
Throttle governor. Burns kerosene or gasoline. Has a Sumpter low
tension magneto. I have no history on it at all.
Additional Sunday attractions were North Dakota I Company of the
Seventh United States Cavalry Unit from Wilton. About fifteen
riders displayed their riding skill in a number of drills. Also
included in the Company was a team of mules on a covered wagon. In
a 15-minute aerial acrobatic presentation by Citaboria Aircraft
with James McDonald, Pilot courtesy Pietsch Flying Service of
Minot, the throngs of people were pleased. Radio-controlled model
airplanes were displayed by the Model Airplane Radio Control Flying
Club from Minot. Again many people enjoyed their display of skill
in flying these models.
With the help of mothers and their instructor, members of the
North Shore Band served a threshers’ breakfast Sunday morning
in a museum building with light from lamps and lanterns. The Band
marched each day in the parade.
1937 Andrew Barclay shunting locomotive fitted with Paxman 8RW
diesel engine. 165 HP at 1000 RPM. Owned by A. G. Walford and other
members of the Stour Valley Railway Preservation Society.
1923 Ruston R. Hornsby M type oil engine. 8′ bore 15.5′
stroke. Petrol start. Hot bulb run (successor to the Hornsby
Ackroyd type engine). Owned by A. G. Walford.
By Richard Geyer, De Smet, South Dakota 57231.
Pioneer Acres Gas & Steam Show, Show, De Smet, South Dakota
drew visitors from 27 States and England. The earlier date proved
successful and many requested an early show date next year which
will be June 23 and 24, 1973.
The weather was beautiful and many went home with goodies from
the large flea market.
The engine grounds were covered with engines from 1/2 HP to 20
HP and 125 units were represented in the parade.
Many, many thanks to all and hope to see you next year.