Our History

It is in the spirit and remembrance of days gone by that this association was formed in August 1962.

We started our show with the Gasconade County Fair in August, 1962 featuring three steam engines: Aultman-Taylor owned by Roy Alexander of Bourbon, MO and operated by Floyd Ruesan.  Grey Hound owned and operated by Roy Alexander of Bourbon, MO, and 22 h.p. Keck-Gonnerman owned and operated by John Holiday of Wellsville, MO.

The show also featured One Saw Mill owned by Frank Scego of Owensville, MO, One Keck-Gonnerman tractor owned by Floyd Schlottog of Bland, MO,  One 8-16 International tractor owned by Ferd AufderHeide of Owensville, MO,  One 22-36 tractor owned by Ed Roethemeyer of Owensville, MO, One Twin City tractor owned by Ervin Schneider of Owensville, MO, and a number of old gas engines.

One model engine shown by Paul Heidbrink of Owensville, MO,  two loads of wheat furnished by Floyd Schlottog, one threshing machine owned by John Roethemeyer. Ed Roethemeyer and Jim and August Wacker assisted with the threshing of the wheat.

Our main objective of our annual show is to let the “youngsters” see how these old steam tractor engines were used to supply the power for plowing, threshing, sawing, grinding, etc.

Old-timers will tell you that the days spent threshing of wheat and oats were “the good ol’ days.” Many hours of work by members have gone into the restoration of these steam engines so that you can see and enjoy some of their performances, which are now a thing of the past.

Our show continues each year at the Community Park in Rosebud, the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of July. We welcome everyone to the show and encourage those with a love for America’s farming history to join our organization in order to help keep the past alive!

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