| March/April 1963

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

The forty acres of reunion activity of the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Association presented a welcome sight to the many old and new visitors as they drove in the gates of the 'old fair grounds', now McMillan Park, for the thirteenth annual reunion this past September 5, 6, 7, and 8.

The biggest noticeable change was the narrow gauge railroad, now with a mile long track circling the grounds. Every twenty minutes or so old No. 6 pulling its tender, two coaches and a caboose filled with passengers, 'flashed' by whistling for the various crossings and gates.

More land has been added so that there was plenty of room although there was more activity and a bigger crowdexcept for the last day when it rained.

The large buildings made it possible to store thirty-five of the large steam engines, saving hauling and making it possible to get them out and lined up some time before the reunion.

More than a hundred steam engines, large and small, took part in the Cavalcade of Power before the crowded amphitheatre and crowded track side, many of them later performing. Some tried out the Prony brake and the Baker fan; others took a turn on the belt running the old time threshers, a shingle mill, the big sawmill, a flour mill, a straw baler and other equipment. Hill climbing was a new feature. Largest engine was Bob Willit's 23-ton, 40/120 HP under mounted Avery. They ranged from that down to a 1/3 HP scale model.