The Jordan Show

| November/December 1972

1511 Iglehart St. Paul, Minn. 55104

On August 5th and 6th, 1972, the Scott-Carver Old Thresher's Association held its 9th Annual 'Steam and Gas Engine Festival' at Jordan, Minnesota. Although the weather was cool, cloudy and threatening rain, the program of events seemed to move along real well.

Stacks of winter wheat bundles were threshed, lumber sawing was in progress, and an eight-bottom plow tested the power of the steamers in a stubble field. Gas tractors also did some plowing. Tractors belted to a fan drew curious on-lookers. Most of the types, or makes, of farm tractors used on Minnesota farms for the last forty years were on display.

Portable gasoline engines along with small single cylinder gas engines made up quite a display. Some of these small engines were running feed grinders and giving other belt power demonstrations.

As usual the steam fire engine which is really a steam pump was on exhibit as it has been at former shows at Jordan. It is an 1889 model. Six steam traction engines were on hand including a half-size case owned by Tom Zahratka of Montgomery who with his helper, Donald Bicek are showing at several reunions this season.

Mr. Zahratka was a long time associate of the late Joseph T. Rynda, 'Steam Engine Joe'. Eisner Machacek was there with his 1/3 scale model of a 1915 Case 65 HP. Eisner is a native of Northfield and a long time hobbyist in the steam field.


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