Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 19, 1975 · Page 52
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 52

Freeport, Illinois
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Saturday, July 19, 1975
Page 52
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Steam Show: A Step Back In Time Story And Photos BY NORMAN TEMPLIN Journal-Standard Farm Editor Stephenson County Antique Engine Club's sixth annual Old-Time^ Threshing and Antique Engine .Show Joe Janshen's Sale Bills this month is more than just puffing and chugging engines. ' It's also 'a nostalgic collection of memorabilia from yesteryear ranging from four furnished rooms to toys to sale bills to clocks, all housed in a 200-foot exhibition building. Old restored autos and horse-drawn -equipment will vie for the visitor's attention as well. . This year's show, scheduled July 25-27 at the Stephenson County Fairground on South Walnut Road, will let the do-it-yorselfer try his hand at projects such as quilt making. A new attraction will be horsepower threshing. Twelve matched Belgian draft horses from the Ropp Horse Farm Museum at Hfflsdale will run the Case Mfg. Co. horsepower machine. These beautiful horses will also perform crowd- pleasing maneuvers in front of the grandstand at parade time. The thresher, a 32-inch Case hand- fed model, dated 1888, was recently purchased and restored by Robert Lamm, rural Freeport. Ten giant steamers will be in action powering a sawmill, baker fan and separators. Over on "gasoline alley," many of the small gas engines will be hooked to devices such as washing machines, churns and generators. More than 60 antique tractors will be working on the grounds, ranging from an F-12 to 30-60 Oil Pull and 3060 Keck. Much of this equipment will roll by the grandstand at the daily parade at 1:30 p.m. Two new events this year sponsored by 1 the club, a nonprofit organization of some 300 members, are a Saturday night talent show and a flea market all three days. More than 30 dealers will be at the flea market. Threshing can be viewed at" 11 a.m. and after the parade daily. Sawmilling, shredding, baling and Quilt Making By Mrs. George Hessenius rock crushing also follow the big parade. Chris Johnson of Freeport, vice president of the club, will give a brief history of each parade item. A special Friday evening show will feature an antique tractor pulling demonstration. All the tractors will be pre-1940 models. -Various handicraft items made by the club members, including replicas of the show's queen, will be offered for sale. The public can also buy buck wheat, rye flour and corn meal ground with an old stone mill at the show. "Reliving America's Golden Years 1776-1976" reads the club's bicentennial button, and that's what the annual show is all about. Jack Kohlbauer And His Clocks Mrs. Ray McCandless With Collectabfes Fr*aport Journal-Standard, Weekender, Saturday-Suncjay, July 19-20, 1975 Page 3

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