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Darke County Steam Thresher's Ass'n. Inc.

Having completed our business for the past year. The Darke County Steam Threshers' members, officers and directors held an election in the assembly room in the courthouse Greenville, Ohio.

Officers for 1967 are as follows: President - R.S. Hollinger; Vice President-Charles Ditmer; Secretary - Mildred Ary; Treasurer - Harold Ary.

Board of Directors: Hugh Hartzell, Verl Lawrence, Milton Deets, Leonard Lambert, Glen Ary, Ralph Ary, Lloyd Seman.

Trustee: Sylvester Ditmer, Wayne Whitenack, Woody Turner.

Chaplian: Rev. Lillie Black Mote. Attorney: Paul Younker.

The tenth annual Reunion was held in the Lloyd Seman woods. The comments from the crowds were most favorable.


Tioga County Early Days Inc. Mansfield, Penna. held their first reunion Aug 4-5-6-7- 1966. We had a very successful reunion, that was well attended and there were many people from different states. Max Karl of Wyausling Penna. had his brother-in-law over with him from Germany. His name is Ernest

Hanning, Sydow St. 8-425 Bottrop West Germany. He enjoyed the reunion; seeing and hearing noises from all the gas engines, gas tractors and steam engines running different machinery. When the people talked to Mr. Hanning, Mr. Karl had to translate it to him.

We had Seventy-eight gas engines Seventeen gas tractors of different kinds. Stevens steam engine a 1900, Peerless steam engine a 1890, Mr. Judith Matson of Owego N. Y. had his model steam engine there. The men sawed lumber on the sawmill run by a steam engine. The stone crusher was run by a steam engine.

We had Irand shingle mill run by a Peerless steam engine when the shingles were made people were taking them for souvenirs.

We also had many Antique Cars & Trucks.

Mr. Reese of Knoxville, Penna. had on display one of the first milking machines which was pumped by setting on the seat and pumping with your feet. It milked two cows at once. Mr. & Mrs. Jay Hill of Montrose, Penna. had a team of Devonshire Oxen. They had a covered wagon pulled by the Oxen, Young and Old enjoyed the ride given by the Oxen.

We had very nice display in our tent of Antiques, such as Clocks, wooden washing machines, Baby Cradles, Shingle shavers, Doll carriage, so many thing to numerous to mention.

We had a lot of horse drawn farm machinery. They did threshing of grain.

Richard Crittenden of Mansfield had one of the first school buses and it was drawn by horses.

Next year we hope to have many more different Antique on display with a larger reunion.

We would like to have members from any state.

Anyone wishing to join the Tioga County Early Days Inc. may do so by sending $2.00 Membership fees to:

Mrs. Florence Campbell Sec., box 13 Taberg, New York 13471


By Lucile P. Blaker, (Mrs. LeRoy Blaker) secretary-treasurer NTA

The 23rd annual Reunion of THE NATIONAL THRESHERS ASSOCIATION, INC. was held June 22-25 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, Ohio. This Reunion was marked by several 'MORE'S' --MORE large steam engines, MORE models, MORE farm machinery, MORE gas engines, MORE bands and floats, and MORE people. The event got off to a good start with impressive opening ceremonies, when Fair officials welcomed the event to the grounds, and town officials welcomed them to the 'county seat without parking meters'. Four colorful flags were raised by Wauseon Boy Scouts-US, OHIO, NTA, TNT banners-prayer was offered by Chaplain Ritzman, responses to welcomes by NTA president, LeRoy Blaker and vice-president, Cyril Bauer.

Sawing logs, threshing grain, operating engines on four Baker fans and the original Prony brake, on the shingle mill and the veneer machine, the double incline, the teeter-totter, were among the activities of the Reunion. Since the dates this year were the very earliest that the last full week-end in June ever falls, winter barley was not ripe in northern Ohio. Charles Barker, Lexington, Kentucky, was engaged to haul up a large truckload of wheat. When it developed that wheat would not be ripe even there, he was instructed to locate some winter barley, if possible. This he was able to do, with the result that there was some threshing done at the threshers reunion. Since dates for 1968 will be June 27-30, it is hoped that local grain will be available; if not, some will again be brought from the South, so threshing is assured.

Fine weather prevailed during the four days of the Reunion; many engines not shown here before were of interest to the crowds; contests of various sorts were staged; four bands entertained before and during the four parades; the YOUNG ENGINEERS organized and played a prominent part; interesting programs were given during the afternoons in the Arts and Crafts building, after which TEAS were served. An innovation was the tea after the Saturday parade, and an ice-cream (homemade with cake also) social after the Sunday parade, sponsored by the Fulton County 4H Advisory Council. The programs of the Fulton County Horseshoe Club and the Northwest Ohio Antique Auto Club were also of interest. The Sunday morning religious service in the grandstand drew a large number of Participants, with a good sermon and fine music.

Officers of the National Threshers Association are as follows: President - LeRoy W. Baker, Alvord-ton, Ohio; Vice President - Cyril E. Bauer, Route 1, Holgate, Ohio; Chaplain-Rev. Elmer Ritzman, Enola, Pennsylvania; Secretary and Treasurer, Mrs.' LeRoy W. Blaker, Alvordton, Ohio; State Directors - John Limmer, Route 2, Perrysburg, Ohio;Harold Gay, 633 Cleveland Street, Decatur, Indiana; Percy Sherman, Palmyra, Michigan; Peter Buc-her, Fairfield, Iowa; Wilbur Collins, 215 W. Prairie, Pontiac, Illinois; Elmer Schaefer, Yoe, Pennsylvania; Frank L. Mc-Guffin, 3531 Tea Street, N.W. Washington 7, D.C.; Clarence Mirk, 2362 N. 85th Street, Wauwatosa 13, Wisconsin; Lynn L. Langworthy, Box 225 Alfred, New York; Jack Tucker, Georgetown, Kentucky; George Searson, Box 134, Watford, Ontario, Canada; Trustees -Ralph Vincent, 530 Center Street, Bryan, Ohio; Homer Holp, Brookville, Ohio; Dean Saunders, Addison, Michigan.

Officers of the TNT are as follows; The National Thresher women. President - Mrs. Earnest Hoffer, Toledo, Ohio; Vice President, Mrs. Mac Keller, Garrett, Indiana; Secretary-Treasurer -Mrs. Glenn Shepard, McClure, Ohio.

We regret that the list of larger models and gas engines has been inadvertently misplaced. We wish to assure all exhibitors of a big WELCOME and FREE NTA MEMBERSHIP AND BADGE, by reporting to the membership desk during the Reunion or indicating their intention of exhibiting by writing secretary before June 15.

We also welcome the BAKER FAN 500 CLUB, who elected the following officers for 1967-68: President - Steve Heidi, Sandusky, Ohio; Vice-president - Philip Hoffer, Toledo, Ohio; Secretary-treasurer, Frank Johnson, Perrysburg, Ohio; Committee Chairman - Cyril Bauer; Advisor - Dan Heidi.

Members for 1967 are: Irel Ashbaugh, Leonard Beal, William Benner, LeRoy Blaker, Carl Bockelman, Frank Cain, Paul Garman, Charles Garman, Dan Heidi, Steve Heidi, Philip Hoffer, Earnest Hoffer, Julius Hoffman, Millard Hopkins, W.H. Knapp, Richard Kuhlman, John Limmer, Wallace Murphy, O.W. Nichols, Jim Nichols, James Porter, Dean Saunders, Percy Sherman, Ralph Vincent, Ralph Wallace, Cyril Bauer, George Kuehne, Harold Gay, Elmer Schaefer, Rev. Elmer Ritzman, David G. Schramm, Denney Hoffer, John Neagley, Calvin Hoffer, Frank Johnson, Gerald Kramer, Joe Kramer, Corky Campbell, Denny Emch, Leo R. Newberry, Harley Searson.

The following are listed as having exhibited also steam and gas models:  Antique Farm Machinery: Ledyard Brothers, Maumee, 0.; Cloyce Mincks, Signet, 0.; Allen Stiriz, Delta. 0.; Rowe Baumgardner, Archbold, 0.; Ivan and Maxon Weaks, liberty Center, 0.; Denver Rupp, Pioneer, 0.; Walter Huffman, Wauseon, 0.; William Grieser, Wau-seon, 0.; Ben Roth, Wauseon, 0.; K. Morr, Delta, 0.; John Limmer, Perrysburg, 0. Lester L. Roos, Geneseo, Ill.: Gene Meyers, Genoa, 0.; A.L. Renne-wanz, Decatur, Ill.; Harold W. Kissick, Ashland, Va.; Morris Titus, Pendleton, Ind.; Charles Garman, Wasueon, 0.: George Weddell. Woodville, 0.; Fred V. Barson, Jackson, Mich.; N.A. Kruse, Park Ridge, Ill.; J. Laubenthal, Ottawa, 0.;

Committee chairmen follow: Tickets- Paul Garman, Victor Berndt; Engine Registration, Elmer Ransburg, Ralph Vincent; Concessions, T.D. Measures; Pa. System, George Kuehne; Threshing, John Limmer; Sawmill, Percy Sherman; Baker Fans, Cyril Bauer; Models, Carleton Weisel, Sam Schnur; Picture Gallery, John Hixson; Trading Post, William Rhodes; Parade, Dan Heidi, Cyril Bauer; Youth Committee, Dean Saunders, Lloyd Kramer, John Holp; Movies, Philip Hoffer, W.H. Knapp; Antique Machinery, Clyde Felger, Walter Hoffman; Registration, Mrs. Elmer Ransburg, Mrs. Dan Heidi; Room Information, Mrs. Charles Garman; Horseshoe Tournament, James Figy; Clean-Up, Charles Garman; Teas, Mrs. Paul Garman, Mrs. Victor Berndt: church Service, Harry Mitchell.

We wish to thank all those who made the Reunion possible, for their interest and hard work. We look forward to June 27-30, 1968, when we will again sponsor 'THE OLDEST REUNION AND ONE OF THE BEST'.