AN ACCOUNT OF THE 9th ANNUAL REUNION OF THE National Threshers Association

The original reunion in 1945

| September/October 1953

Alvordton, Ohio

For the first time since the original reunion in 1945, the gathering of the organization of the National Threshers Association, Inc.,. was held elsewhere than on the Blaker farm at Alvordton, Ohio. The fair grounds at Montpelier, Ohio, proved to be an ideal location for such an occasion, with ample room for engines, people and meetings, and shady space for trailers.

The program as outlined on the handbills was carried out quite exactly. Invocation was offered by our Chaplain, Rev. E. L. Ritzman, Friday and Saturday mornings, at 10:00 o'clock. We were pleased to have him with us, as he has been since 1945, but shocked and grieved at the recent news of the passing of Catherine, whose presence always added so much to our gatherings. At 12:00 o'clock noon Friday, a steam whistle was blown, followed by the playing of a hymn, with a minute of silence in memory of Mrs. Ritzman and the pioneer manufacturer, A. D. Baker of Swanton, Ohio, who passed away June 16, 1953, at the age of 92.

Highlights of the program were the Prony brake demonstration, the tug-of-war, the demonstration of the Bryan city steam fire engine, and the parade. During the brake demonstrations, only Ohio Standard engines were used, with Louis David's 40 Avery pulling 149 H.P., on the brake, and LeRoy Blaker's new 65 Case developing 127 H.P. Other engines that made good showings were Irel Ash-baugh's Minneapolis; Clare Richmond's and Forrest Williamson's Baker; Ralph Lindsay's Case; L. David's Port Huron; A. Sandy's Baker.

A saw-mill was on the grounds, powered by two different steam engines.

The tug-of-war between the Avery and the Case and later between the Case and Baker, not only broke the cables but occasioned much good-natured ribbing and afforded the crowd some thrilling moments.


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