ALL ROADS, INCLUDING the new Ohio Turnpike, seemed to lead to Montpelier, Ohio, the last three days of June, 1956. The 12th annual Reunion of the National Threshers Association, Inc., was held at the Williams County Fair Grounds during those days, and it appeared to chalk up two records one for the number of fine engines exhibited, both large and small, and two, for the enthusiastic crowd enjoying the engines, the beautiful grounds, and the ideal weather.
Besides many engines new to the Reunion, we were honored by the presence of a large delegation from Maryland, and many other states were represented. Our master of ceremonies, A. E. Rixmann, came from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The presence of ladies of The National Thresherwomen TNT was shown in the women's programs, at tended by over 500, at the get-acquainted teas Thursday and Friday afternoons, and in the floats for the parades Friday night and Saturday afternoon, decorated by TNT.
At the annual meeting Thursday evening, charter member ribbons were awarded to 40 men who joined the Association when it was organized on the Blaker farm, June, 1948. (Three previous meetings had been held before organization was decided upon). At the annual meeting, memorial services were held for 33 members who had passed away since the 1955 Reunion.
The secretary has not had time to tabulate the new membership, but judging by the long lines waiting to be registered, many new members will be added to the file. We welcome hem to membership in the oldest and largest organized steam fan group in the world, and invite them and all other members and friends to attend the 13th annual Reunion, to be held in the same place, June 29, 30, and July 1, 1957. We agree with the words of the editor of the IRON-MEN ALBUM, when he said it seems that each Reunion can't be improved upon, but the next is always better. So we pledge our best efforts to make the 1977 REUNION the BEST YET, meanwhile doing all we can to 'KEEP UP THE STEAM.'