ACCOUNT OF THE NATIONAL THRESHERS 1954 REUNION


| September/October 1954



C. M. Busch's Meet

One of the centers of attraction at C. M. Busch's Meet at Colton, Wash., in 1953. They say she run like a Packard

Sec.-Treas., N. T. A., Inc. Alvordton, Ohio.

A feature that added considerable color to the occasion was the steam calliope recently made to order for Harry Shell of Farmington, Missouri, and played for the first time at the Reunion. Clare Richmond was responsible for bringing it and Mr. Shell to the Reunion, and his 23-90 Baker supplied the necessary steam.

A small air calliope owned by O. E. Sitton of Ft. Wayne, and played by Robert Robison of Montpelier, also added music to the occasion, and to the parades both Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Space is running out, but mention must be made of the floats which preceded the engines in the Saturday parade. First was the old time kitchen, with everyone working but 'The Lazy Farmer', Carlos Litten of Newark, who was reading the TNT Cookbook. All utensils were authentically old, with Mrs. Litten churning with a wooden churn; Mrs. Ray Ernst working over the butter in a wooden butter bowl; Mrs. Geo. Fogel of Churubusco was cooking in an iron kettle on a little old stove which had smoke coming out of the stack; Mrs. Scott Baltosser of West Unity, was ironing with heavy old sad-irons (were they called that because they made the user sad?); Mrs. Loren Moser was scrubbing a little boy in a tub; Mrs. Carson Bell of Unionville, Mich., and Mrs. T. H. Smith of Joliet, I11., were rolling out dough and grinding coffee

The Threshing-Day dinner float, which was such a hit last year, was repeated, with Mrs. F. W. Bloom of Churubusco and Mrs. Leo Clark of Washington, I11., serving the hungry men, with delicious food prepared as part of Mrs. Sutton's demonstration. Joan Williamson again kept the flies away with her shoo-fly branch. Joan's mother, Mrs. Forrest Williamson, was in the hospital at that time, for a very serious operation, but we are happy to report she has made a good recovery. Her presence and help with the TNT was sadly missed, although the efficient oldest daughter, Leah, carried on bravely in her mother's absence. Lois had helped by painting the engine before it was brought up, but was not able to be our 'Miss Steam Engine' this year, being at her mother's side in the hospital. We would like publicly to express our appreciation to Mrs. Williamson, president of TNT, for the valiant work she did in preparing and proofreading the TNT cookbook, which we feel is a most unusual book, one of which every NTA member can be proud. In fact, since women from many states contributed to it, every steam fan anywhere can be proud of it, and glad to have this emphasis of the importance of these steam fans organizations. We have always felt that whatever helps one association helps another, which is why LeRoy has always been glad to loan the Prony brake, given to him personally by A. D. Baker before his death. He feels the same about the Baker Fan, a replica of the fan used by the A. D. Baker Co., in the olden days, which was just completed for use at this year's Reunion and proved very interesting. It is 5 feet in diameter, no housing, ant-friction bearings, steel frame. The fastest any engine could turn it was 660 RMP which was a great surprise to the crowd. It required 128 plus hp. to do even that, and the smaller engines could turn it only 450 RPM for as the ratio of the speed increased, the power required increased unbelievably.

Our earthen incline was a little too steep and will be improved next year. Louis David provided plenty of excitement by standing his engine on its tail when he attempted to climb it and then taking hold of the front end and with several other men bringing it down to earth again. Jack Egbert climbed it many times with the 12 hp. Frick, and each time he did he blew his whistle to announce his triumph. He will have more competition next year, we are now warning him.

The steam engine races, of both the big and little engines, was another interesting feature of this year's reunion.