1924 Aultman-Taylor Steam Engine

Threshers acquire donated 1924 Aultman-Taylor steam engine from Graff family

Gasonade County Republican – by Dave Marner Managing Editor

Fresh off of the John Graff family farm near Potosi, a 1924 Aultman-Taylor steam traction engine has been donated to the Owensville Threshers Association.

Graff’s grandfather, Dr. George F. Graff purchased the 20-horse power tractor a little over 50 years ago and last ran it in the parade for the 200th anniversary of Potosi’s founding. It has been stored in a shed on the Graff farm for the past 50 years. It was trailered late last fall and hauled to Union where it is being restored.

Jane Willis, president of the Owensville Threshers Association, said they hope to have it refurbished and running for the group’s July 19-21 show at Rosebud Community Park.

Fund-raising projects are being held this year to help pay for the restoration project. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Threshers are hosting a second annual spaghetti dinner and dance at the Rosebud Memorial American Legion Hall.

Meals are $8 for adults and children (over age 12). Meals for those under age 12 are $5 and children under age 3 eat for free. Spaghetti meals will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. with a pie and cake auction called at 7 p.m. by Jesse Price.

Those wishing to attend the dance only are admitted for $5. Sam Hoffman’s band is playing after 8 p.m.

Willis said John Graff’s family now resides in Denver, Colo., and has been “generous to the Threshers.” The family also donated a separator unit. Willis said the internal workings of the unit were in pretty bad shape. The unit may eventually become a roadside display piece used for advertising upcoming threshing shows.

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