180 Kibler Street, Bluffton, Ohio 45817.
Nearly 100 steam, gas and engine enthusiasts of the threshing era of a century ago recently gathered at Ingall's Alcove Room, Bluffton, Ohio for the first annual Christmas party of the Northwestern Ohio Antique Machinery Association.
Bob Flick, president, was in charge of the activity which got underway with a smorgasbord buffet. Guests represented three other area antique machinery associations: National Threshers Association at Wauseon, Darke County Steam Threshers at Greenville, and Tri-State Gasoline Engine and Tractor Association at Portland, Indiana.
Tom Meek of Defiance displayed an album of color pictures, of all four meets, to the group.
Richard Schaeffer, of Marathon Oil Company, screened a slide presentation and discussed environmental pollution and the efforts of industry to reduce air pollution.
The Bell Choir of the Mennonite Church, Bluffton, directed by Mrs. Bruce Shelly, presented a variety of musical numbers.
Ralph Horstman, Delphos discussed a recent purchase of an antique Case stationary baler for the Bluffton Club. The newly acquired machinery will be in operation at the Bluffton show on the Village Farm next August 3-4-5, 1973.
A scale model of an old time steam thresher engine made entirely of wood and operated with a small motor attracted a great deal of attention at the gathering. The engine, owned and built by John Deters of Leipsic, Ohio was quite an attraction and will also be on exhibition next summer with a large engine also made entirely of wood.
A financial report to the group showed that Bluffton's first meet last summer was very successful, financially, making a profit of $1528.27 with expenses of $2998.40.
The president, Bob Flick, is confident that next summer's meet will expand considerably and is fast becoming one of the major events in the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana Area.