The 7th Annual Reunion of the Richland Co. Steam Threshers Assoc. Inc. was held on August 5th and 6th in near perfect weather with a large attendance both days. A heavy rain on Saturday night made it muddy on Sunday morning for a while, but the sun came out hot and strong and dried it pretty much up by noon. We had 21 traction engines under steam plus several models and 10 old gas tractors of all sizes, 5 separators, a Birdsall clover huller, a stone burr mill, a shingle machine, a drag saw which was used to saw blocks for the shingle machine, a hay baler and several pieces of antique farm machinery.
The Show opened on Saturday morning by an opening prayer by our Chaplain, Charles Divelbiss. Our Chairman Earl Logan then gave a short welcome speech and introduced the officers and told everyone what they would see during the day and on Sunday. The sawmill was in operation both days nearly all the time and a large crowd was on hand at all times to see it operate. Three fans, a prony brake, threshing and straw baling, a parade of all equipment, and an antique car parade rounded out Saturday's activity.
Church services were then held on the ground Sunday morning by Chaplain Charles Divelbiss. The fans and prony brake were then put into action and after dinner threshing, baling, saw milling, grinding wheat and corn by the burr mill, making shingles, another parade of all the equipment and another antique car parade rounded out the day's activity.
Lunch was served on the grounds by the Seratomas and La Seratomas and they did their usual fine job. There were a couple of kiddies rides in operation.
We had Baker, Aultman-Taylor, Advance-Rumley, 20th Century, Peerless Frick, Leader, Huber, Keck-Gonnerman, Russell, Gaar-Scott, a Buffalo-Springfield roller and a 5 H. P. James Fleming engine made in Scotland in operation. Due to the death of one of our founders and mechanical trouble which no one could foresee, we did not have any Case engines at our show except a small model.
We held a massed high noon whistle each day at 12 o'clock. We want to pay tribute to everyone who helped at our show and especially to the men behind the scenes who do so much. Without such fine people no show could be a success.
The annual election of officers was held at the Logan Farm on Logan Rd., Mansfield, Ohio on Sunday Sept. 24th. After the business meeting the following officers were elected for the coming year:
Chairman - Harvey Rozman, 341 W. Walker St., Upper Sanduskey, Ohio.
Assistant Chairman - Sam Yeater, 220 Rhein Ave., Mansfield.
Vice Chairman - Levergne Lutz, Route No. 5, Mansfield.
Ass't. Vice Chairman - Fred Ammetu, 635 Lexington Ave., Mansfield.
Secretary - John Boner, 397 N. Trimble Rd., Mansfield.
Treasurer - Marion Lutz, Route No. 5, Mansfield.
Charles Divelbiss will serve as Chaplain for the coming year.
A place and dates for the 1962 show have not been selected yet. We want to thank the men of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers for their help and loaning of equipment for our show. We hope to see you at our show in 1962.