MIAMI VALLEY

16 hp Russell engine

16 hp Russell engine owned by Paul Tustin, Columbus, Ohio. Ira Tustin standing on engine. Picture taken during 14th annual reunion of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Assn., Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 1963.

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Secretary, 208 E. Church Street, Urban a, Ohio

Mechanicsburg, Ohio The sun was shining this 26th day of July when the Miami Valley Steam Threshers opened the gates of their 14th annual show; the weather seemed just right for a week-end of activities.

More than 30 big engines were on the grounds fired up and ready for action; several smaller traction and portable engines were on the job as well as a fine assortment of gas engines.

Our good president, George Edinger, welcomed all the regular engineers as well as several newcomers. George calls the boys together every morning for a 'pep' talk and plans are outlined for the day's work. His project for this year was to have a hydrostatic test on all boilers for the safety of all concerned; in this we had 100% cooperation.

We were very happy to have visitors from other steam shows this year including Mr. Abram E. Johnson, Marion, New York, who is Director of the New York Steam Engine Association. With him were Mr. Wilbur Winters and Mr. John Callward of Seneca Falls, New York. Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Blaker of the National Threshers Association also spent a couple of days with us. We also had the officers and participants from the Darke County Steam Threshers and the Richland County Steam Threshers Association. We hope they will all return again next year.

Among the newcomers to out show this year were Mr. 0. W. Nichols, Pickerington, Ohio, with a 20-24 George White & Son engine; Mr. Dan Heidi, Sandusky, Ohio, with his 9 HP Case engine; Mr. Tom Woodard, Belleville, Ohio, with a 24 HP Greyhound engine; Mr. Harold Klamfoth, New Albany, Ohio with a 50 HP Case Engine; Mr. Herbert Lenner, Carey, Ohio, with a 10 HP Huber engine; Mr. Leonard Lambert, New Paris, Ohio, with a 23-90 Baker engine; Mr. Percy Sherman, Palmyra, Michigan, with a 12 HP Frick engine, and Mr. Russell Flora, Tipp City, Ohio, with a 20-40 Case tractor.

Our added attraction for Friday evening was a rodeo which proved quite a success. Our horse show, 15 classes, on Saturday evening draws entries from quite a large area which proves that our folks like horses as well as steam engines.

We had showers on Saturday and Sunday during the show but not enough rain to interfere with threshing; even the straw was all baled Sunday evening. However, the rain, which was pretty general over the state, did cut our attendance considerably on Sunday.

The writer had many requests by mail asking for the dates of our show; am sorry they were not carried throughout the summer months in our steam magazines. I am assuming this was an oversight because the dates were mailed early in the year. In this regard, too, quite a number of people wanted to renew their magazine subscriptions during the show but I had to advise them no representative was on the grounds. I hope ye good magazine editors will be present another year.

We have not yet had our membership meeting for election of officers for the coming year. As soon as this is done I will mail you dates and place of our next reunion.