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American Thresherman Association

Steam, Gas & Threshing Show Pinckneyville, IL

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Index

On the Cover..........................Page 4 Schedule of Events..................Page 5 Welcome to the ATA...............Page 6 ATA: 53 Year..........................Page 8 175 Years of John Deere Legacy............Page 11 Feature Tractor.....................Page 13 Green Iron Club....................Page 14 In Remembrance of Mike Beck.................Page 15 In Remembrance of John Jansen.............Page 16 In Remembrance of Don Wiley.................Page 17 Bluegrass Music....................Page 18 Love of John Deere...............Page 22 1966 Photos Rescued...........Page 24 A Look into ‘66 Show..........Page 26 New Steam Shed Built........Page 28 The Wind that Shakes the Barley..........Page 29 Getting Around.....................Page 32 Blacksmithing.......................Page 33 Vaneer Milling......................Page 33 Miniature Railroad..............Page 33 Steam Traction Engine........Page 33

Flea Market.........................Page 34 New Event.............................Page 34 City-Wide Yard Sales..........Page 35 Sawmilling............................Page 36 Wheat Threshing..................Page 36 Sparks Fly............................Page 36 Plowing.................................Page 37 Draft Horse Pull...................Page 37 Shingle Milling.....................Page 37 Church and Memorial Service.....................Page 39 Youth Tractor Pull...............Page 40 Pony Rides............................Page 41 Knight Hawk Donates.........Page 41 Antique Car Show................Page 42 Tractor Pull...........................Page 44 Tractor Parade.....................Page 46 Joining the ATA...................Page 49 Fall Thresherman Show........................Page 50 Thresherman Memories.....Page 53 Top 5 Tractor Anthems........Page 59 Thresherman Association Board Members.....Page 62 Fall Thresherman Show Information...........Page 63

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Schedule of Events SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Various Activities On The Grounds Run Concurrently. Times Listed Indicate Approximate Starting Only. Some Activities May Run At Additional Times.

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Blacksmithing ~ Gas Engines In Operation Stationary Steam Demonstrations At North End Of Grounds American & Southern Illinois Miniature Steam Railroad Large Flea Market (Under Grandstand & SW Of Grandstand) Sawmilling 9:00 am & 1:00 pm

Veneer Milling 11:00 am & 2:45 pm

Shingle Milling 9:30 am & 1:30 pm

Baker Fans & Prony Brake & Dynamometer Testing 11:45 am & 3:15 pm

Primitive Wheat Threshing, Baling, Plowing & Potato Digging By Horses & Mules WEST OF MUSEUM BUILDING

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Wheat Threshing, Baling & Plowing By Tractor & Steam Engines WEST OF MUSEUM BUILDING

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Wednesday, August 15 Draft Horse Pull 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 16

Opening Ceremonies With Flag Raising/National Anthem 9:00 am Antique Tractor Pull 7:00 pm 1958 Or Older Tractors Weighted Classes Southern Illinois Rules

Tractor Parade Through Town 5:00 pm

Friday, August 17

Flag Raising/National Anthem 9:00 am ITPA Tractor Pull 7:00 pm Grandstand Admission 6,000 Lb. Super Stock 8,200 Lb. Super Stock 10,000 Lb. Pro Stock

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Flag Raising/National Anthem 9:00 am Horse & Mule Relays 9:30 am In Front Of Grandstand

Pedal Tractor Pull 10:00 am

Children 12 & Younger Accompanied By A Parent - Tractor Will Be Provided

Bluegrass Music Noon-6:00 pm New Stationary Steam Shed

ITPA Tractor Pull 7:00 pm Grandstand Admission 9,500 Lb. Limited Pro Stock 10,000 Lb. Pro Stock 8,200 Lb. Limited Pro Stock 8,000 Lb. Illinois Hot Farm Stock Pullers Association

Sunday, August 19

National Anthem 8:00 am Church & Memorial Service Immediately After Anthem

Antique Auto Show & Swap Meet LOCATED WEST OF GRANDSTAND Awarding Of Trophies

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Welcome to the 2012 American Thresherman Show Welcome to the 53rd Annual Steam, Gas & Threshing Show. The American Thresherman Association will be featuring John Deere, Orphans, Oddballs & Lesser Knowns this year. We are proud to host the Southern Illinois Green Iron Club and John Deere’s 175 years of production. Our goal is to have a special exhibition of 175 Model “B” John Deere tractors on display in honor of this special anniversary. We would like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy the sights, sounds and even the smells of our show. When you come out you will see the beginning of agriculture with horse powered farming, then on through the steam era and the introduction to early gas and diesel powered farming. Our show is a “working” show with equipment in use daily that is over 100 years old. We have many activities going on from morning to evening. We are proud to say that our show is truly a family show and there is something for all ages to enjoy and see. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has donated time, money and support, without you it would not have been possible to put on this great show. Thank you to the City of Pinckneyville, Mayor August Kellerman, and the City Commissioners for their help and support during the past year. Again, we would like to welcome you to our show. We hope you will see and learn something new while you are here and perhaps even some of you will revisit sweet memories of days gone by.

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American Thresherman Association 53 Years and Counting By Shea Campanella The city of Pinckneyville is full of traditions. The Thresherman show has been in Pinckneyville for 51 years, so needless to say, it’s one of the longest running traditions in the city. This year marks the 53rd annual steam, gas and threshing show. The annual show features tractors and steam engines on display, food vendors, tractor and horse pulls, a flea market, bluegrass and various demonstrations throughout the Perry County fairgrounds. But before looking at what all is happening at this year’s exciting threshing show, how about a look at how it all got started. The American Thresherman Association was organized in March of 1959. A group of seventeen people attended the first organizational meeting in October of that year in Brownstone,

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American Thresherman Association 53 Years and Counting show’s home. 2012 marks the 53rd annual show – and this year’s feature group is the John Deere and “Orphan, Oddball and Lesser Known” tractors and gas engines. The feature group is the Southern Illinois Green Iron Club. This year marks the 175th anniversary for John Deere, so it’s fitting they are the feature group. It has been noted that John Deere is sort of an “orphan” or “oddball” because it is the only tractor company that has not closed up shop, been bought by another company or paired up with another company. John Deere is still running strong! All makes of equipment are welcome for exhibit, but John Deere will be front and center, with a special focus on the Model B. The Thresherman association was challenged with getting 175 Model B tractors to the show this year in recognition of the anniversary. So far, calls have come in far and wide from places like Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and of course, Illinois. Many collectors have called asking if they’ve got the number yet. A couple weeks before the show, a semi-trailer full of John Deere tractors from Georgia already made it to the fairgrounds, with many more trailer loads promised! Deb Schrader notes, “It’s going to be a big year! Some very rare and one-of-a-kind tractors are confirmed to arrive and we are so excited to be able to host and show some tractors that have never been put on exhibit

before!” In recognition for the Model B, the saying around the grounds this year is: “B serious, B there, B cause, we want Bees! B unstyled, B styled, B short, BO, B slant, B orchard, B low, B pretty, B Long, BR, B square, B High, B ugly. We don’t care, just B!” Parking is free as always, and the grounds admission is $7 and children under 12 are free. This year’s show gets underway with a good old fashioned horse pull. The horse pull is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. The show will be in the grandstand and will feature over-load pulls, heavy & light weight pulls, and draft horse teams. Thursday marks the official start to the Thresherman show. The festivities open with the traditional parade through town at 5:00 p.m. Afterwards, there will be an open antique tractor pull in the grandstands. The pull begins at 7:00 p.m. This pull will be for tractors 1958 and older, they are weighted classes and Southern Illinois Rules and most are open classes. The first night of the ITPA tractor pull is scheduled for Friday, August 17. This ITPA tractor pull has the 6,000 lb. Super Stock; 8,200 lb. Super Stock; 9,000 lb. Illinois Hot Farm Stock Pullers Association; 10,000 lb. Pro Stock and Stock 4-Wheel Drive Street Legal Pickup classes. Grandstands admissions apply. Festivities get underway at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 18 brings

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a new event this year. Horse and mule relays, obstacle course and log skidding will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the grandstands. Tom Renner of Belleville and Roger Lee of Tamaroa are organizing this event. Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois are expected to be represented. Saturday is also the second night for the ITPA pulls. This pull has 9,500 lb. Limited Pro ITPA; 10,000 lb. Pro Stock; 8,200 lb. Limited Pro Stock; 8,000 lb. Illinois Hot Farm and Stock Pullers Association classes. The pulls start at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18, is the final day of the show, and starts early with an outdoor worship and memorial service conducted by the Pinckneyville group Brothers & Others with Thresherman Chaplain, Larry Gaertner, of Walsh, Illinois officiating. This will take place after the Pledge of Allegiance around 8:00 a.m. Sunday also marks the day for the antique car show and swap meet. Registration is from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This year’s feature car is the convertible. The show is being sponsored by the Egyptian Antique Auto Club. Judging will be from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Following judging, a parade and trophy presentation will be at 3:00 p.m. in the grandstands. Along with these special events, there will also be daily attractions and demonstrations. Some attractions include: steam and tractor powered plowing, wheat threshing, animal teams, wood veneering, saw and shingle milling, blacksmithing, prony braking, baker fans, miniature model displays, various tractor activities, a large flea market, and stationary gas and steam engines. For more details on where these events are located, turn to page 32. This year is sure to B a great one!

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175 Years of John Deere Legacy By Karen Nehrkorn 175 years ago a legacy, tradition and name was brought to the agriculture world that will never be forgotten. Today, John Deere has become one of the World’s most well-known brands of equipment in agriculture, construction, lawn and garden and products of “John Deere Green.” John Deere revolutionized the World changing agriculture forever. In 1836 blacksmith John Deere moved from Vermont to Northern Illinois to a small village 100 miles west of Chicago, Grand Detour, and set up a blacksmithing shop with his partner Leonard Andres. The black humus of the area extended almost seven feet deep and the thick grass choked all vegetation, even trees, leaving the prairie barren. One day Deere saw a broken saw blade cutting into the thick sod and had an idea in 1837 that would change agriculture forever. As farmers saw Deere’s plow, they too wanted them and Deere’s blacksmith shop quickly turned into a steel plow trade business. They made small plows with a 12 inch cut that suited fall and spring plowings with pre-broken ground preparing it for planting. The plow was light enough to be carried on a farmer’s shoulder to the field and drawn by one or two horses. As a result of Deere’s first inventions one of his first three plows is still housed in the Smithsonian Institution today. As the industry expanded and the need and want for plows arose, Deere took on new partners and built a new factory with ten employees. Times were hard and the company faced many financial

challenges with the lack of banks to finance and expand Deere’s company along with the lack to facilitate payments of the plow purchases by farmers. Deere began to realize that Grand Detour was no longer the ideal place to house his company. He found a new location in Moline, Illinois. At this time Deere lost Andres who decided to operate the Grand Detour Plow Company. Now Robert Tate and John Gould joined the Deere executives and built a new factory in Moline and by September of 1848 the new factory had produced 10 plows. In 1854 a fourth executive joined the company, sixteen-year old Charles Deere. By 1853 the John Deere Company produced 4000 plows annually plus related tillage implements. In 1886, with John Deere’s passing the company went through an expansion but also hard times. Various companies tried to merge with John Deere and after countless years Deere resisted. Approaching the 20th century and economical hardships in the U.S. and Europe Deere was forced to cut production and was left with acres of unsold equipment. In 1896 help came when J.P. Morgan boosted the company restoring production and resuming work as before. In 1910, John Deere saw a North Dakota farmer with a Minneapolis steamer engine pulling their fourteen bottom plow and realized they had focused much of their attention on tillage equipment and not enough on self-propelled tractors. They were facing tough competition from International Harvester, so Deere turned their attention to tractors. The John Deere tractor began

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175 Years of John Deere Legacy indirectly in Waterloo, Iowa in 1892 when John Froelich built a crude gasoline fueled internal combustion engine that was successfully self-propelled frontwards and backwards. This machine created the Waterloo Engine Company and Waterloo Boy Tractor. Then in 1918, John Deere Company purchased the company and they developed many more experimental tractors, sparking the John Deere tractor industry. In 1918, with the purchase of the company, the start of the “glory years” began. With the Waterloo Boy models A, B and C from 1918-1922 these experimental tractors were enclosed with chain drives and oil-bath final drives. Then in 1923, Deere began to build the Model D; this big horse went through many changes. In almost 30 years it become one of Deere’s longest made models. Then in 1932, Deere started production of their best selling two-cylinder tractor, the model A; soon after, the model B was produced. After numerous lettered series of tractors John Deere started the number series in 1952 with the models 60 and 50 which replaced the A and B, thus starting an eighteen-year trend. These “Johnny Poppers,” with power take off shafts, hydraulics and three point hitches made them popular, but Deere still saw that something larger was needed. In 1959 John Deere developed a New Generation. They first developed the 10 series with the 1010, 2010, 3010 and 4010 tractors ranging from 35-80 horsepower. Even though all of these models sold well and ranged for all farmer’s needs, the 4010 pulled ahead as the favorite model of the 10 series. In 1962, the largest of the New

Generation was unveiled: the 5010 was the largest two-wheel-drive tractor with more than 100 horsepower! In 1963, John Deere hit a new audience with their lawn and garden series with lawn mowers, garden tractors, and utility tractors. Again in 1963 the modifications came with the 20 series modifying the 10 series with the 1020, 2020, 3020, 4020, 2520, 4000, 4520, 4320 and 4620. These were the tractors of the time offering more horsepower and a fresh new start for Deere, again boosting production. Just as the 4010 was favored the 4020 stole the limelight of the series and became a best seller. In 1970, the first hot four-wheel drive came in the 7020 and 7520 series. In 1972, Deere made changes introducing the Generation II series. The John Deere 6030 became the largest two-wheel drive tractor of the time; then in 1973, they introduced the 4030,4230, 4430 and 4630 retaining all of the best features of the old models with a completely different style. With the popularity of the four-wheel drive tractors increasing, they too were in need of improvement with the 8430 and 8630 models offering over 150 horse. With “more horses and more iron,” John Deere was moving up into the manufacturing of farm equipment around the world. Since the 1980’s it has been clear the John Deere Company has become a leader in the agriculture, industrial, lawn and garden and merchandising industries. With improvements in styles, models and manufacturing John Deere makes changes each day to make sure they are leaders in the field and World.

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Feature Tractor: John Deere Model B My Little Brother the “B”

By Karen Nehrkorn

To most people the letter B means nothing, but in 1935 to the John Deere company, this was a model that was more than just a letter. In prior years John Deere Company had started a booming business with tractors pouring out to farms and changing agriculture with models like the D, GP, and A. John Deere had made a company that would not be forgotten in the tractor manufacturing industry. But like any business, there is always room for improvement. Farmers said “give me a smaller tractor just like the model A that will enable me to do away with horses and I’ll start farming with a John Deere tractor and equipment tomorrow.” That’s why in 1935 the model GP was replaced with the model A’s “little brother” the John Deere Model B. Even though this was the A’s little 2800 lb brother, it grew fast with small farmers buying up this versatile tractor to fit their farm’s needs offering 18 horsepower at the pulley and narrow or wide front wheels. What most don’t realize is just how versatile the B became. Early styles of the model had four bolts to mount the steering post but this soon became extinct leaving the models rare. Again in 1938 the model B grew with a longer frame allowing more interchangeable parts from its big brother A. This cut production costs offering farmers a better purchase price. The model B’s were also offered in a variety of front end designs slightly changing some of the B’s model designations like BW, BN, and BH for their wide thread, narrow thread or higher crop clearance changes. Not only were farmers impressed with the B’s versatility but also its fuel efficiency which cut farmers costs from competitor’s thirsty four cylinder models. In 1931, 1 in 6 farmers owned a tractor. As the depression eased farmer’s opened their eyes seeing a tractor was more effective and efficient then a team of horses. The model B became popular to small farmers switching from horses. As the 1940’s approached, Deere polished their look with styled tractors. Sheet metal surrounded the radiator and flowed to the side panels also encasing the top mounted steering column. This new style made the B much more modern and polished. Not only was the tractor beautified but also more comfortable with improvements made to the operators seat, steering wheel, pedals and controls making the new sleek tractor a king in the field. Even though the model B was just the “little brother” it didn’t fall far behind in sales from the John Deere’s most popular selling two-cylinder tractor the model A. This little giant gave farmers an opportunity to make a switch that changed agriculture from horses to horsepower.

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The Southern Illinois Green Iron Club got its start from a conversation between Mike English, Ivan Timmerman, Al Wesselman and Regi Detmer. They agreed there was still a need for another John Deere collector’s club more centrally located in southern Illinois. After weeks of planning and lots of footwork, the Southern Illinois Green Iron Club (SIGIC), was finally established in the spring of 2009. The Club’s goal was, and still is, to promote the collection, restoration and preservation of vintage John Deere tractors and equipment, while educating its members and the general public to appreciate the historic role and the impact John Deere has left on the world. Shortly after the clubs was organized, Ron Albers of the American Family Heritage Museum, in Greenville, Illinois, approached Regi Detmer about hosting the 2010 show. It was agreed that our Club would host the 2010 show and it was a success with shiny green and yellow tractors parked everywhere! During that show members of the American Thresherman Association from Pinckneyville, Illinois, invited us to host their 2012 show. We gladly accepted the invitation. During the winter of 2010 through the spring of 2011 the Club’s membership began to grow, but in July of 2011, tragedy hit as Club President, Regi Detmer lost his battle with cancer. Family, friends and club members were devastated but we pulled together and carried on with Regi’s wishes throughout the remainder of the year. His tractors were proudly shown with his picture and memorial wreath at each event. His family is still very active as are all members of the Club to this day. This August we look forward to hosting the American Thresherman Association’s 53rd Annual Steam, Gas & Threshing show in Pinckneyville and the long green lines of vintage John Deere tractors and implements. Please stop by the Club’s tent and visit with our members. We look forward to visiting with you! We are enthusiastically promoting this show as being the largest “gathering of the green” in Southern Illinois history!

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In Remembrance Mike Beck

On June 27, 2012, long time member, Mike Beck, of St Mary, MO, lost his battle with lung cancer. Mike was introduced to The American Thresherman Association many years ago by his parents, Raymond and Lucille, who for many years volunteered and displayed many items under the grandstand during the show. He was the nephew to Loraine Beck and Kenneth Beck, who were long-term Directors on the Board and volunteers of the ATA. Loraine spent many years helping in the office and with tractor registration and Kenneth will be remembered for his collection of unusual tractors. Mike inherited one of these tractors, the 1930 Baker, and he was so very proud to display and run it at every show! In fact, when it was learned of Mike’s cancer, plans were put in order in the summer of 2011 to get photos of the tractor that could be used on the commemorative button for the 2012 year. Proofs were reviewed, colors decided and the design was chosen. Only a few people knew of the plans for the button and the secret was kept! In April of this year, Mike’s condition started to deteriorate and it looked like he wasn’t going to make the August show, so a phone call was placed to the company that makes the buttons and a tall order was requested to see how soon we could get one of those buttons. Harry, the owner, said sure! And the button was in the mail the next day! No hesitation, no charge. Mike was presented with his special button on Sunday, May 26th at his home, by his best friend, Ralph Schrader. There were no words to describe that moment. The four of us sat around the kitchen table in silence while Mike studied the black and white button

and realized just how very special it was; to him and to the American Thresherman Association. ( Mike and his wife Dona, have made provisions to donate the Baker tractor to the permanent collection of the ATA). He had the number 1 button for 2012, made especially for him. This made his collection of buttons complete. (Those of us that collect these yearly buttons will understand the importance of having that complete set!) Mike traveled all over the country with construction jobs as a crane operator but made it “home” for the shows when work allowed. You could always find him on the Baker or helping his sister Marilyn Brickhaus under the grandstand (yes, she took over where her parents left off!). If you needed a big strong guy to help with a project, Mike was always ready to tackle whatever you had going! Mike was also an expert assistant with all the kids who came to the show to make ropes with the vintage rope makers Marilyn has collected over the years. He always had time to spend with the kids and help them with their rope. He had the best “deep in the chest” laugh and the quickest wit and was always ready with a hug or strong handshake for all the friends and family he sought out every year at the show! That big, tall man with the long bushy beard and those deep, brown eyes will forever be missed.

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In Remembrance

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John Jansen of Effingham, Illinois, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2011 at his home. He was a very active long term member of the American Thresherman Association and served 14 years on the Board of Directors. He and his late brother Ed were the main operators of the Case agitator for many years at the August shows. John was a charter member of the Massey Harris Collectors of Illinois and a member of the Massey Harris Collectors of America. John liked collecting a wide variety of engines and was very meticulous at restoring whatever he touched. He also really enjoyed spending time at his nephew’s garage in Sigel helping with preparing tractors for restoration and spent many hours there working and socializing. John served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 and was awarded three battle stars, the Distinguished Unit Citation and Presidential Unit citation before going on to nursing school and was a nurse anesthetist at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for 40 years! His soft-spoken demeanor and quick smile will surely be missed by all.


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In Remembrance

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Blue Grass Continued_________________

current Illinois State Junior Banjo Champion. Mallory Warnecke (Nikki’s sister) is 15-years old and plays guitar. She is also the emcee, leader of the band and songwriter. Nikki and Mallory are from New Athens. Paige Johnson, who plays fiddle and bass with the group, is 14-years old and is the current Illinois State Junior Fiddle Champion. She can yodel and plays nine different instruments. Paige is from Evansville. Chris Talley Armstrong,

Pickin’ Chicks performed at last year’s show, too.

who plays bass and fiddle for the group, is the current Illinois State Old Time Fiddle Champion. Chris plays more than 25 different instruments, and she owns The Bluegrass Shack with her husband, Earl. She is the teacher and manager of The Pickin’ Chicks. In just a short amount of time, the girls have accomplished so much. They’ve set the bluegrass world on fire! They have won numerous contests, including the 2011 Illinois State Best Youth Vocal Group Competition at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The girls also opened for the 2011 Willie Nelson Country Throwdown and were commissioned to write and record an original song for a Tribute to 9/11 Compilation CD in Nashville, TN. All four girls got to personally meet Steve Martin last month when he and the Steep Canyon Rangers were performing at the Effingham Performance Center. Nikki owns a banjo that used to belong to him. He signed the inside of the banjo and asked Nikki to play for him. The Pickin’ Chicks recently went back to Branson, MO to perform at Silver Dollar City; while they made a guest appearance at the Marty Robbins Show. This was their second year performing at Silver Dollar City, they received fifth place in the KSMU youth contest there. For details about their upcoming shows, log on to www.pickinchicks.com. They are sponsored by NAPA/Auto Tire & Parts.

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The Love of John Deere By Jessica Holder Ralph Schrader’s love of John Deere began in 1973 when he restored his father’s 1945 B Orchard. “It was small, so I restored it out of the interest of restoring a tractor,” explained Schrader. After he restored the tractor, he was able to drive it around at that year’s Thresherman show. “I would say it is a family tradition to have John Deeres,” said Schrader. He grew up farming at home and also helping out on his uncle’s farm. His uncle had a solid collection of John Deeres, too. Despite having driven other brands of tractors, he insists that John Deere is his favorite. “I just really enjoyed the Deeres; they handle so well,” he said. When his father, Edwin Schrader, upgraded their equipment in the 1970s, they went with all John Deeres. Ralph and his wife, Debbie, currently have ten John Deere tractors. Besides the tractors, they also have a planter, corn sheller, corn picker, combine disc and several plows. “I’m kind of looking for equipment a little more than tractors.” Schrader continued, “Equipment is my focus on collecting right now.” He also has several small pieces of memorabilia. He explained that so many implements were disregarded and junked because there was no collector value for many years. Now, they are almost more rare than tractors. “Anyone who wants tractors usually has them by now,” he explained.

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The Love of John Deere three years. On the fiftieth Thresherman show, they recognized the individuals who had attended for the most years. When asking who had attended for fifty years, Ralph and his father were the only ones with their hands up. “We are probably the only two people left who have made the show each year for its whole existence,” he stated. Even when Ralph was young he has memories of tractor shows. “I remember my dad bringing us up here to Highland in 1960 and watching the steam engines climb the hill at the park.” The Schraders try to make every Thresherman show they can, including shows in Greenville, Altamont and Pinckneyville. There are also several smaller shows around. They also like to attend the Fourth of July tractor show in Neunert and the River Hills Club in Perryville, MO tractor show. He has also helped start a small show in Shiloh Hill in the 1980s. The first year there were only twelve tractors; four being Schraders, and it has grown since then. Although they are primarily John Deere, the Schraders also have a few Internationals. “We keep those in the corner,” explained Debbie. They also have an Oliver. Ralph is always on the lookout for an implement or interesting piece of John Deere equipment that he doesn’t have, but Debbie has a different view on the future of their collecting. “We have decided unless something really good or free comes around, we are done,” she said. Debbie continued, “ We are out of shed space. It needs to stop.”

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Photo Memories of 1966 Thresherman’s Show Rescued

By Nate Fisher Joseph Whaley Sr., of Mt. Vernon, IN, ended up uncovering a huge chunk of Thresherman history during a routine trash pick-up. “We went to this house because somebody moved out and a bunch of boxes were sitting out front and it’s our responsibility to pick them up…” What he found in one of those boxes turned out to be a pleasant and coincidental surprise. “I saw an envelope that had ‘Pinckneyville 1966’ on it… It kind of freaked me out because that’s the year I was born.” Whaley opened the envelope and found a set of negatives. “I held the negatives up to the sun and saw what they were…saw the main steam tractor that had sat under the awning of the fairgrounds…In the picture it’s in motion.” Whaley recognized the tractor because he was raised in Pinckneyville. Knowing the degree of his lucky find, he contacted his sister Theresa and brother-in-law Rich Emling, who saw to it that the negatives were developed. The outstanding photos give a rare glimpse of a Thresherman’s convention from over 50 years ago. Whaley and family donated the photos to the Thresherman Association for showcasing. Whaley had a theory on why the antique moments were discarded. “These people are probably somebody who passed away and their family thought it was a bunch of junk and threw it out.” He says there were more envelopes in the box, and he regrets not saving

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A Look Back at 1966

By Shea Campanella The 1966 Thresherman Show took place on August 18-21 at the Perry County fairgrounds. It was the “Agricultural Power Progress Show” then, instead of the “Steam, Gas and Threshing Show” we have now. Besides the name, however, not much has changed. In 1966, there were daily attractions that included: baker fans, balance act, rides, separator and engine setting contest, saw mill, wheat threshing, horsepower testing, steam engines and tractors and prony brake. The current show features many of those same daily attractions. The glaring difference is in 1966 the show didn’t celebrate a specific tractor or brand. This year, the Thresherman’s celebrate the John Deere. Back then, they just celebrated all tractors. Each day there was a parade of machinery and an antique display under the grandstand. The 1966 show flyer noted Florence Fleming and her collection of antiques, unique gifts, paper goods, Indian pottery and many other relics were there. She also would buy, sell and trade everything that was on display. That year was also the first time for an added attraction on Saturday. They had a pony pulling contest at 7:30 p.m. with three classes. Back then, the flyer requested you write in for information and blanks to Paul Wagner of Pinckneyville. That’s another big change from how the Thresherman do things now! The internet has since been invented and between it and telephones, all the communication one would need is at their fingertips! In addition to the pony pulling contest there was a Southern Illinois champion Tractor

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New Steam Shed Built

By Gaylen Greer The latest addition for the American Thresherman Association is a 60 x 180 clear span steel building that sits on the north side of the fairgrounds over the footprint of the old stationary steam shed. This building will not only house the stationary engines, but will also house other exhibits. During the off season it will be used to house some of the steam traction engines that stay in Pinckneyville year around. During this year’s show, it will also serve as the venue for the free bluegrass show on Saturday Afternoon.

The shed will also house some of the special feature tractor pieces including the first John Deere 6030 tractor built. Construction of this building began last fall with the outer structure going up quickly. Interior finishing and exterior landscaping is coming along nicely, but is still a work in progress. If you would like to donate labor to help with this project, or make a monetary contribution to help with finishing touches and to help retire the loan that was taken out for construction, contact any of the directors of the American Thresherman Association.

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley ( and Hops, Too)

In their third year of growth, the half-acre of hop vines are supported by a trellis system, the vines threaded around clockwise on coir fiber made from coconut husk. The vines are threaded around the fiber when the vine is about two feet in height. As the vine matures, it reaches a weight of about 30 pounds. “That’s why you have to have a pretty substantial cable system to support it.” Matt explained. The hops are irrigated from a well on the property. But any beer is incomplete without its main ingredient: malt barley. “Last year we did a small patch of barley to see if it would grow, less than a quarter acre, and it did pretty good.” Matt commented. The McCarrolls continued the two-row spring barley crop this year, and are providing barley for a threshing demonstration at the convention. The year before, Matt had hand-flailed the barley with a baseball bat and tennis racket to separate the kernels from the stock, and also hand-threshed the crop in 105 degree weather with a scythe that was too small, a less-than-enjoyable experience he joked about, saying, “I thought I had purged that from memory.” “It’s such a small batch that we were looking at ways to harvest it and thresh it…I started thinking about the Thresherman, ‘I bet there’s some of the guys that have the equipment for this kind of stuff.’ ” The Pinnacle variety barley has been turned over to the Thresherman Association, and is awaiting threshing during the convention. During the severe drought period that the area is experiencing,

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crop loss is a concern for every grower. Though some of the McCarroll’s plants showed signs of drought stress, Matt explained that those that were irrigated have been doing just fine. The beer that the couple brews for personal use is all organic and every ingredient is raised on the farm. Matt described a simplified version of the brewing process: “Starting from the ground, you’ve successfully harvested your barley. First thing you do is malt it, and it starts to release enzymes in the kernel that are used to convert starch to sugar.” This is the mashing stage, which produces the sugar for fermentation by breaking down long chain carbohydrates into smaller molecules. “Yeast can eat little sugar pieces but not big sugar pieces.” Matt clarified. The result of the mashing process is a sugar-heavy liquid called “wort,” which is eventually boiled and hops introduced into it for flavor and bittering. Yeast is added after cooling and the mixture ferments in a chamber before being strained into a cask as beer. The McCarrolls make 5 gallon batches of their beer, an amount which Matt says is typical for a home brewer. “When I scale up my next brewing system I might do a 10 gallon batch.” Their Rhubarb Ale took home second place for “Best In Show” at the Big Muddy Monster Brew Festival in Murphysboro last October. Discussing the types of beer he makes, Matt said, “I’ve been brewing for 20 something years. Only made the same beer twice.” He has went through a series of classes to become a certified beer judge, and

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Blacksmithing Veneer Milling

Wayne Feig heats a piece of iron during the blacksmith demonstration. The blacksmiths are located in the center ring between the sawmill and the ATA office building. They will have demonstrations daily with gas engines in operation.

Miniature Steam Railroad

The American and Southern Railroad operates daily from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It offers rides around the 1/2 mile track for kids of all ages. Photo courtesy of American Thresherman Facebook page.

Tim Kellerman operates a veneer mill shaving off thin slices of wood. This mill came out of a basket factory in the Cobden area. The veneer was originally used to make strawberry and other larger baskets for the orchards. The veneer milling demonstrations will take place daily be at 11:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Steam Traction Engines

Debbie and Ralph Schrader’s steam engine runs the saw mill during a demonstration last year. There are steam engine demonstrations daily at the north end of the grounds.


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New Event Featured at 2012 Show Horse and mule obstacle course relays and log skidding will be coming to this year’s American Thresherman Show. The event has been a success in other locations and is entertaining for all. The horses and mules pull a load on the obstacle course. The event is a throwback to the days when people used the animals to pull logs out of the woods to make lumber before mechanical equipment is available. The event is being coordinated by Tom Renner of Belleville and Roger Lee of Tamaroa. Renner has become active in the Thresherman show. He has a long standing hobby of raising draft horses and mules.

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In conjunction with the American Thresherman’s Show, Pinckneyville Press will be sponsoring a city-wide yard sale August 15-19. The yard sales will be printed in the Pinckneyville Press on August 16 and in our sister publication the Perry County ADvantage on August 13. In addition to the classified sections in the newspapers, over 400 “yard sale maps” will be printed to help residents and visitors navigate the many participating yard sales within the community. Maps will also be available for pick-up at the Press office, gas stations and restaurants or will be available to view at www.pinckneyvillepress.com.

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Sawmilling Sparks Fly

Rodney and Miles Gass make planks out of the scrap wood from the Thresherman sawmill. Sawmill demonstrations will take place daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Wheat Threshing & Baling

This is a 1908, 18" threshing cylinder, Case separator owned by the Toby Jansen family of Effingham, IL and Wayne Jansen family of Hillsboro, IL. They found this machine down in southwest Missouri a few years back and worked on restoring it over the next 3 years. "In fact," Toby Jansen said, "it almost made a mechanic out of my wife, Mardel!" It is one of the very first all metal constructed machines after years of wood only construction. The grain must be hand fed instead of bundles being pitched in by fork. Shown working on the machine here are, Roy Jansen of Effingham, Toby Jansen(on machine) and Hank Jansen of Sigel, IL. They’ll be at the show again this year. Wheat threshing demonstrations take place daily from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. west of the museum building.

Jansen’s 1911 Model 110 Case steam engine throws sparks during intermission at the 2011 tractor pull.


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Pictured left: Maschhoff’s 110 Case steam engine pulls the plow as volunteers manually operate the blades with numerous people watching. Wheat threshing, baling and plowing by tractor takes place daily from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. west of the museum building. Above: A primitive demonstration takes place with potato digging by horse. The primitive demonstration takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily west of the museum building. Photo courtesy of Tonya Blackwell- Mega Pixel Photography www.mpphoto.net

Draft Horse Pull Shingle Milling

The Draft Horse Pull will take place Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grandstands. This is the kick-off event to the show.

The Shingle Mill is owned by the Kellerman Brothers - Tim and Steve. This year the shingle Milling takes place daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Look at the map on page 30 for location details.


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During the 2011 show, Brothers and Others opened up the 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning church service with musical entertainment. Right: American Thresherman Association chaplain, Larry Gartener of Walsh, welcomed the guests to the service. The Sunday church and memorial sercvices are set to take place immediately after the National Anthem on Sunday, August 19 at 8:00 a.m.

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Youth Pedal Tractor Pull

Above and right: In 2011, David Stein of Farina and Hannah Sauerbrunn of Olmsted both work hard for distance during the pedal pull. The 2012 pull takes place Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Children must be 12 and under and accompanied by an adult to participate. Tractors will be provided.


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Pony Rides

Pony rides are available daily for children of all ages.

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Knight Hawk Donates Coal

Rick Apple and Dennis Hitch, both from Castalian Springs, TN, take a moment to fill up the coal bins on the Schrader steam engine during the 2011 show. The 16 tons of coal used during the ATA show are donated by Knight Hawk Coal Company. Knight Hawk has graciously donated 16 tons of coal again to be used during the 2012 show.


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Antique Car Show By Shea Campanella This year’s American Thresherman Association car show and swap meet will be conducted on Sunday, August 19 on the west side of the grandstand. Convertibles 1960 and older are the featured vehicles of the show. The Egyptian Antique Auto Club sponsors the auto show. Vehicles must be at least 1960 or older to enter and have no modifications. Pre-registration is not necessarily recommended, as weather conditions determine when and whether people will get their cars out to participate in the show. There is no entry fee, although car owners must pay the entry to get into the main gate of the Thresherman events. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 12:00 p.m., followed by judging. Trophies will be awarded between 2:00-3:00 p.m. The first 120 participants in the show receive a dash plaque. There are also many nice trophies awarded. The car that travels the longest distance to attend the show receives the silver tray. Cars are judged on 10 areas that revolve around originality. Any modifications found on the vehicles call for deductions. Among the areas of the car judged are the interior, body, engine and underneath the frame. In addition to placing in the show, entrants also have the opportunity to earn the Joe Mann Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the favorite vehicle of the late Joe Mann’s family members.  Ron and Clara Kiser of the Egyptian Antique Auto Club are

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2011 Antique Car Show

Above: Several vehicles line the southwest side of the grandstand for the antique car show. Below: Mike Lotz of Belleville prepares his 1926 Buick sedan for judging.

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Tractor Parade

Pictured are scenes from the 2011 tractor parade through town. The 2012 antique tractor parade begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The parade travels throughout Pinckneyville.


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The American Thresherman Association’s 26th annual Fall Festival kicks off October 19 at the fairgrounds in Pinckneyville. The show will be three days, October 19, 20 and 21. There are many activities at the festival. The show will be fun for all ages! Attractions include: Flea market with a variety of arts and crafts Steam train rides by the American and Southern Illinois Railroad Rope-making demonstration Broom-making machine on display Steam and gas engines on display at all times Draft horses and ponies in action all day Corn shredding, shelling, grinding, burr milling, hacksel cutting, corn pickers and corn binder demonstrations and machines on display Cider and apple butter making Kettle popcorn made on grounds Sawmilling, sawing firewood, crosscut sawing, buck sawing demonstrations Animal teams Blacksmithing Other activities include the antique tractor pull and Illinois hot farm stock pull on Saturday, October 20 at 9:30 a.m. There is also an

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Fall Show Highlights

Above: Jayden Lee enjoys his Ring Pop as he takes a break from the excitement at the 2011 fall festival. Left: Morgan and Taylor Troop of Ava shell corn with an antique corn sheller.

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Fall Show Highlights

Above: Gaylen Greer loads slab wood from the sawmill. The wood is seasoned over the winter and is used for firing the steam engines along with coal at this years show. Right: Gary Bahre shows off his 6 horse power International Harvester Model M at the Fall Thresherman show on Saturday. He discusses the engine with Mark Heberlie, Rich Payne and Kevin Kurtz.

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Allie Moll and his John Deere Crew! Left: (l-r) Allie, Millie Moll, Heather Duvall, Janell Thompson, Keri, Jason Makayla and Devin Moll, Madison, William, Madlen, and Bill French. Hiding behind this large crew is Allie’s old John Deere H which now belongs to William French, Allie’s 10-year old grandson. Allie, Millie and the John Deere crew have been coming at the August Thresherman show for 30+ years. Above: Pictured is Allie’s John Deere H with new owner, William and his dad Bill French.

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Left: Current American Thresherman Association President, Josh Giacomo, has long standing roots with the Thresherman shows! Here he is pictured at the 1991 show riding a Rocon motorcycle. Above: Josh and his family: Dad, Bob, sisters Sarah (right) and Laura, and brother Joe took a break from the busy Thresherman festivities to ride on the miniature steam railroad.

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It's a family thing...it's camping, it's plowing, it's pulling, it's parades, it's steam engines, it's showing off your tractor! It's fun, it's good food, it's horse pulls, it's tractor pulls.  But most of all it's a family thing.  It's passing along the tradition, the stories and the history.  From grandpa to grandson; from grandma to granddaughter; and everyone in between...it's a family thing. Submitted by Joyce Wisely.

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Thresherman Memories Taking my Goddaughter, Emmalie Teal to it and her being in awe of the big tractors! And I remember going with my uncle Tim Smith and him telling me what kind of Deeres he had worked on before he moved to Pinckneyville from Wisconsin. That was the last one he got to go to before he passed away and he was tickled pink to see all the farm equipment. So, the Threshermans will always have a warm spot in my heart. --Genevieve Hester

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Top Five Tractor Anthems That Hold The Throttle Down By Nate Fisher Turn on any Country-Western music station, and within ten minutes you’re guaranteed to hear a hit single about a tractor and what tractors do and how each particular artist’s experience with tractors and the agricultural lifestyle is so above and beyond unique and special that it requires its own song. I know your inner dialogue is saying, “B-b-but, Nate, that’s the root of country music,” and I know, but please, allow me to finish. I’m not denying that an artist might have an exclusive connection to tractors or is drawing from childhood experience on the farm, but it seems to me that several musicians will try to cash in on a theme that appeals to the listener. Once something does well on the charts, there’s no doubt you end up with a stack of cardboard cut-out tunes that are generic, watered down, and only remind you of every other song you’ve heard about that topic. However, there are honest, heartfelt, witty, original songs out there about tractors, so I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a top five of what I believe, in my opinion, to be the most effective and distinctive musical tributes to one of the oldest and reliable farming implements of all time. 5. Jason Aldean – “Amarillo Sky” This Big & Richwritten diddy is relaxin’ at the bottom of the list because it’s the least tractorish song in this top five, but is exceptionally more tractorful than songs by some other artists who get all agro-giddy and drop farm lingo into their lyrics as if to assure their listeners, “No, seriously,

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tractors and me are like this” (I know you can’t see, dear reader, but I’m crossing my fingers to demonstrate). It’s one of the only songs mentioning tractors in the Country-Western catalogue that doesn’t try to tie in crazy country hijinks involving daisy dukes and alcohol, and this is the biggest reason why I’ve chosen it to start my countdown. Whether this sky is in a particular part of Texas or just lapses into Spanish when talking about its color, there are hardworking people beneath it, busting their hump; waking up before dawn before taking the tractor round and around again to plow, and they never “complain or ask why” (Unlike a certain Mr. Atkins, who we’ll get to in just a moment). It may not be the most extravagant in its tractor reverence, but it’s honest, chockfull of grit, and a great foundation for the rest of our Top 5. 4. Rodney Atkins – “A Man On A Tractor” It starts out fairly simple: All that Rodney Atkins desires is to be shown “what’s real.” The beginning of the song sets the scene: He’s on his knees, coffee cup in hand, praying for an epiphany. Rodney is under some serious duress; He just woke up “like a stranger in my own life.”- Ouch. If that doesn’t scream identity crisis, I don’t know what does. Will our poor protagonist find any relief? Of course he will. This is country-western music, after all: Simple solutions to complex problems can be found nine times out of ten by just looking out the window, kicking off


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Top Five Tractor Anthems That Hold The Throttle Down your shoes, and barbecue. And there it is, Rodney: “A Man on a tractor with a dog in a field.” This is the encouraging image that Rodney has been searching for in his desperation. “The dog walked just like it was smiling,” which, not to put down anybody’s spiritual moment or anything, sounds incredibly creepy. However, on that note, I’m saved from my brutal imagination dragging me to darker places by the assurance that the man on the tractor “drove like the world was all right.” The tractor’s humming like it’s singing, etc. etc. Is this “what’s real?” Has he been shown the way to, I dunno, not be a stranger to himself, whatever that means? He goes on to plead, “Let me do what I’m doing,” “Let me be where I am,” which are relatively easy things to accomplish if you’re already in the doing or being, so I have a feeling this story is headed toward happy island. He’s found the truth, and not surprisingly, it involves tractors, and Cheshire dogs. More power to you, man. RED power. 3. Kenny Chesney – She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy “Over by the gate, lordy, here she comes,” and with a picnic lunch in tow! From this line on, I run into a dilemma and can’t decide who she’s actually crushing on. Is it Kenny at the throttle, head full of corn silk and steel guitar, or could it be this sexy, sinfully irresistible tractor? Is the chicken and iced tea brought to distract Kenny so she can secretly woo his tractor over? After all, she won’t shut her yap about how “sexy” it is. Yes, I know, Kenny, she digs the farmer’s tan, and she’s “staring at you while you’re chuggin’ along”, but can you be so certain she’s checking YOU out, or is your tractor plotting behind your back to elope with your boo? You sing, “Just look at her face, she ain’t foolin’ me,” but I beg to differ, Ken. Let’s be real: Sooner or later you’re going to have to admit that you’ve been cuckolded by a tractor. 2. Johnny Cash – Country Trash Johnny comes in at number 2 with the most

humble, sincere farming anthem EVER. Seriously. He doesn’t even have to mention the “T” word to make this one of the best songs celebrating agriculture; He can just allude to it, by simply mentioning pretty much everything you could attach to a tractor, and just like that you have a timeless country hymn with an overly depressing title. The song is set up as an inventory of what little JC has and his reflection on the growing season at hand. Is he pouting about it? (This is the Man in Black we’re talking about, so I’m hoping you took that question as rhetorical, but for those of you that are wondering…) Absolutely not! This guy is more than content with his “dollar laid away”, his shade tree, and is eternally grateful that he even has a cord of wood. He doesn’t have Rodney Atkins’ aforementioned disease, pawing at the window, searching for “what’s real” and bathing himself in pity. It makes no difference to him if his machinery is sexy enough to Kenny Chesney’s crowd. And he has ten times the working spirit of Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky”; Johnny’s only concern with what skyies he’s under at any given moment in time is that, as he points out, “God’s got a heaven for country trash.” No whining, soul-searching, arrogance; Forget all that, because the “fishing’s good,” my friends. “Let the thunder roll and the lightnin’ flash, I’m doin’ alright for country trash.” Read that again. Go on, read it. See what I mean? Johnny’s farming persona is like a mixture of Clint Eastwood from “Fistful of Dollars” and Mr. Miyagi from “Karate Kid” wrapped up in a Mackinaw jacket: He’s ready for everything, and nothing is getting past this cat. His grimace alone would kill off a field of rootworms. As I mentioned earlier, Johnny’s allusions to farm machinery actually make this the most tractoriffic song on the list just by the association he makes while listing the things he owns and what they’re doing: hopper, turning plow, a double/ whipple tree, and a cultivator (Which I’m hoping is a C-254-A Two Row Cultivator attached to a 1949 Farmall C. It makes my heart knot up just thinking of the beauty there). 1. Joe Diffie – John Deere Green More about the color than the tractor itself, but come on, guys: It looked good to Charlene. That’s all that matters. All album photos courtesy of amazon.com


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The American Thresherman Association, Inc. Executive Board

President......................................................................................................................................................................JoshGiacomo-Pinckneyville,Illinois First Vice-President..................................................................................................................................................Paul Kurtz - DuQuoin, Illinois Second Vice-President............................................................................................................................................Ralph Smith - Chester, Illinois Third Vice-President...................................................................................................................................................Kent Jansen - Sigel, Illinois Secretary....................................................................................................................................................Deborah Schrader - Highland, Illinois Treasurer.....................................................................................................................................................Beth Giacomo - Pinckneyville, Illinois Chaplain................................................................................................................................................................Larry Gaertner - Walsh, Illinois

Board of Directors

Juliet Brand.................................................................................................................................................................................Waterloo, Illinois Marilyn Brickhaus.................................................................................................................................................................Perryville, Missouri Craig Christopher....................................................................................................................................................................St. Louis, Missouri Kenneth Crouch..........................................................................................................................................................................Highland, Illinois Linda Crouch...............................................................................................................................................................................Highland, Illinois Matt Elders...............................................................................................................................................................................Carterville, Illinois Richard Farthing, Tractor Pull Chairman.................................................................................................................................Tamaroa, Illinois Charles Greer.......................................................................................................................................................................Pinckneyville, Illinois Gaylen Greer.........................................................................................................................................................................Pinckneyville, Illinois Josh Hamilton.................................................................................................................................................................................Benton, Illinois Charles Hoene.................................................................................................................................................................................Toledo, Illinois Bernard Jansen.........................................................................................................................................................................Effingham, Illinois Tom Jansen................................................................................................................................................................................Effingham, Illinois William Jansen.............................................................................................................................................................................Dieterich, Illinois Andrew Kabat.............................................................................................................................................................................Nashville, Illinois Tim Kellerman.............................................................................................................................................................................Oakdale, Illinois Mark Kellerman...................................................................................................................................................................Pinckneyville, Illinois Harold Kurtz................................................................................................................................................................................Tamaroa, Illinois Roger Lee......................................................................................................................................................................................Tamaroa, Illinois Jason Mohr...........................................................................................................................................................................Pinckneyville, Illinois Jim Mohr.............................................................................................................................................................................. Pinckneyville, Illinois Dave Porter, Horse Pull Chairman....................................................................................................................................................Oakdale, Illinois Ralph Schrader............................................................................................................................................................................Highland, Illinois William T. Schrader............................................................................................................................................................. Pinckneyville, Illinois

Special Thoughts

The American Thresherman Association ties closely to the most famous Farm Power Magazine published during the decades of the Steam Tractor Engine and Steam Age. We are keenly interested in Farm Power and of the importance of its continual progress. The key in agriculture has always been, and always will be, the available power, which the farmer has at his command. We dedicate our show to those many unsung men of yesteryear, who lived in an era when our nation was in the prime of its development. Only the power which the ‘Steam Engine’ gave them, made this phase of our development possible

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Thank you for coming to our show. We’ve enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you next year, when we feature Minneapolis-Moline. Next Year’s Show: August 14-18, 2013 For additional information visit our website www.americanthresherman.com

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Past Presidents

1960-1963: Amos Rixman-Oklahoma City, OK 1964-1965: Winton Bigham-Pinckneyville, IL 1966-1968: Paul Wagner-Willisville, IL 1969-1970: Ollie Knepper-Belleville, IL 1971: George F. Bahre-Coulterville, IL 1972-1978: Edward Jansen-Teutopolis, IL 1979: Rudie Lillienkamp-Hoyleton, IL 1980-1985: Bill Douglas-Granite City, IL 1986-1987: Stanley Kurwicki-Nashville, IL 1988-1998: Don Thomas-Pinckneyville, IL 1999-2001: Ernest Russell-Jonesboro, IL 2002: William Schrader-Pinckneyville, IL 2003-2011: Charles Greer-Pinckneyville, IL Present: Josh Giacomo-Pinckneyville, IL


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