THRESHING BEE ATTRACTS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD

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Here is an article taken from the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune which clearly depicts how popular a steam engine is and how versatile are the folks associated with them. Editor

Rancher C. J. Tyler of near Moore, passed the word to his neighbors last fall that he'd like to have an old time threshing bee. He and his sons to crush gravel for part of U. H. highway 87 near Moore. The last job it did was in 1939 when it took a house two big gasoline tractors couldn't pull and towed it away with never a strain.

The appointed day arrived and instead of a few old timers and a few scoffers showing up, an enthusiastic crowd arrived. The few bundle racks were swamped with people wanting to pitch bundles and help out in general. Charlie Caldwell fired up the engine and was heard remarking that it didn't seem like it was 28 years since he had last run an engine like this one. Even the youngsters had a big day, every one of them had his or her chance to toot the steam whistle.

People kept coming and going all day long with tourists stopping in to chat and take pictures. The local people were there in droves as word got around. Mrs. Tyler counted 39 cars in the yard at one time. She and her two daughters-in-law had figured on extra people for dinner but when the cars began to roll in they set to work in earnest. It was evident it was to be an old fashioned threshing in more ways than one. She said she used the largest beef roast she had in years and beans and potatoes and pies . . . threshing food, she called it.

Everyone had so much fun that the Tylers and their neighbors are thinking of making this threshing bee an annual community thing. They are firm believers that a community that works and plays together is a better community. Many of these people have been practicing this belief around Moore for the last 40 years and know it works.