Threshing days a chance to show off antiques

Staff writer

Leann Toews fared better than her husband did last weekend during a rainy Threshing Days in Goessel.

“My husband has a lot of prairie tractors, but the rain has kept him from bringing them out,” she said.

Toews, a former teacher who owns an antique shop, sold anything from engine oilers to wooden hand tools.

“Some people collect them, some actually use them,” she said. “There’s lots of spark plug collectors.

“The Mennonite Heritage Museum has a lot of old things, but it is nice to see what other people bring out to show.”

One of those showing things was David Cooper, who was running an old motor.

“There was a time we didn’t have electricity,” he said. “We just bring out all our old things to see what everybody can do.”

Other people had drone engines, self-propelled mowers and tractors.

“A lot of old-timers really knew about all of these,” Toews said. “We try to keep a piece of history alive.”

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