| May/June 1992

  • Kirk Rhone
    Kirk Rhone (with the big grin!) and Ottawa saw.
  • Gene Gabbert John Deere Tractor
    Gene Gabbert with some of his John Deeres.

  • Kirk Rhone
  • Gene Gabbert John Deere Tractor

3251 S. Pine Barren Rd. McDavid, Florida 32568

Once again, gray skies cleared and gave us a good day for Sawmill Day. This second annual event was put on by the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society of Century, Florida. The original purpose was to raise money for historical preservation, but it has had the side benefit of boosting the public spirit, as well.

Things officially kicked off at 10 A.M. with the parade. This took about an hour-partly because it was big and partly because of some unusual entries. Naturally, the school band was there. Desert Storm heroes were honored. The fire department, sheriff, and police cars provided flashing lights and wailing sirens. But, then there was the Hill and Brooks Coffee Company's team of magnificent Belgian horses pulling their fancy wagon. Some of the streets were a little rough due to the continuing construction of a new sewer system, so these guys had to take it easy. If that wasn't unusual enough, Vice Construction Company drove a team of eight oxen pulling an eight wheel wagon. These good-natured beasts were under voice command. We had a pretty good turnout of antique cars, too. 

Engine show turnout was small, but we had a good variety. The threat of rain had caused some of the folks to cancel out and others went to Houston, Mississippi, where they sure enough got rained on. We changed our date this year to avoid Houston-and they changed, too! This year we'll go back to the first weekend in May and just not worry about other shows.

We had a demonstration of a log saw from Kirk Rhone. Garry Godwin showed a grist mill. Jim Gramlich has a variety of gadgets on the back of an antique Ford truck, and a very nice collection of steam whistles. I brought a '58 Schramm (Wisconsin 2 + 2 converted V4) air compressor to blow Jim's

whistles, most of which he had never heard. We also blew an old logging engine whistle owned by David Blackwell who also had a F-M powered Invincible corn sheller. Jerry Shenk had a variety of engines and equipment, including a steel burr mill and a 32 volt generator. My trailer included a Tiny Tim generator, a headless F-M pulling a pumpjack, and a 2 HP Witte kero burner. Fred Welch's Gould water ram (wish it were mine) was there, too. Robert McGoun was there with a real nice Maytag display. The Bauer family showed some of their fine engines. Did I miss anyone? Boy, will I hear about it if I did!


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