Andy Appelfeller's 570 on display.
President Marion Co. Steam & Gas Engine Society 85 Cleveland
Ave., Marion, Ohio 43302
The old saying 'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow'
might well be applied to the 12th annual Marion Co. Steam and Gas
Engine Show to be held this year, June 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1989 at
the Marion Co. Fairgrounds, Marion, Ohio. The tractor and equipment
featured for the 11th annual show held last June was Co op,
Cockshutt and Blackhawk lines. This particular tractor was chosen
due partly to the special interest of charter member Bob Schwaderer
and another club member, Andy Appelfeller. The paths of these two
men crossed when they were just young. Bob's father, Walter,
was owner/operator of the Cockshutt dealership in LaRue, Ohio.
Andy's father purchased several pieces of Cockshutt equipment
from Schwaderer Farm Equipment. Over the years, many of these were
traded off for newer equipment. The Cockshutt 570 was the one
remembered most by Andy, who had to search over 6 months before
locating it in a barn, seemingly waiting for a trip to the
junkyard. This 570 has been completely restored and repainted to
showroom quality or better.
This tractor was on display at the 1988 show. A great deal
of interest evolved from the Cockshutt display, including several
visitors from Canada who had worked in the factory. Plans were laid
then and there for the 1989 show to be an international
show. Cockshutt family members and dealers are expected this year.
At this writing (January), collectors from 15 states have stated
they plan to come and display their equipment.
Of special interest will be the Appelfeller Cockshutt 580 Super
which will be on display. This prototype (of which there were very
few made), may be the only one known to exist. Andy Appelfeller had
just purchased the tractor in June of 1988 and it was shown in its
rough state. Restoration has gone on all year and it will be
proudly displayed in its mint condition this year.
The Marion club has reached agreement with the Ertl Company,
Dyersville, Iowa, to build a 1/16 scale die
cast replica of the 580 Super. These models will be available at
the show or by advance order. They will be limited to a production
of 3,000 and will bear the inscription 'International Cockshutt
Show, June 1989, Marion, Ohio'. Information regarding ordering
these can be secured from Schwaderer or the club president (see the
advertisement in this issue or in Coming Events April, May, or