Secretary, 613 8th Ave., Charles City, Iowa 50616
The Cedar Valley Engine Club of Charles City, Iowa had a very good Thresher's Reunion over the 1974 Labor-Day Weekend. The show was held at their Show Grounds located 7 miles West of Charles City on Highway 14. The show is a three day event, commencing on the Saturday before Labor Day and running through Labor Day. It is an annual event. This past year one of our members took a survey of the cars in the parking lot. There were cars from either 33 Iowa counties, 8 states and one from Canada. The main events are sawing lumber, threshing oats, shingle sawing, Baker Fan, corn shelling, along with other attractions.
We had ten steam engines this past year. They included Case, Port Huron, Minneapolis and one of the largest Nichols-Shepard two-cylinder ever built. Also a scale model Case steamer. We usually have about 50 gas tractors, one of which is a 30-60 Hart Parr that was built here in Charles City in 1913 and is owned by the Management Club of White Farm Equipment Co. We are getting together with White Farm Equipment Co. and hope to start celebrating 75 years of building tractors here in Charles City this coming year. The first farm tractor was built here in Charles City in 1901 by Charles Hart and Charles Parr. They built many tractors here. On April 1, 1929 they merged with three other companies to form the Oliver Corp., which White now owns, and are still building tractors on the same spot where Mr. Hart and Mr. Parr started in the early years of the tractor. The tractors were originally known as a Gasoline Traction Engine. A Shipping Clerk got tired of writing so many words and one day came up with the words 'Farm Tractor' so the word 'tractor' was coined here in Charles City.
We have lots of rare tractors and other items not found anywhere else. One is a 12-20 Case Tractor. This is a two cylinder opposed engine. Also have a Moline two cylinder opposed engine and a 20-35 Avery tractor which is a rare tractor.
Also at our show we usually have somewhere between 200 and 300 of the small gasoline engines including a 15 hp Lennox.
We have many items in the barn of interest to the ladies, including antiques. We also have a band shell where many musicians come and play old time music that everyone enjoys while resting. This is located near our lunch stand and there are picnic tables in front of the band shell and all in the shade.
The area merchants have been cooperating with us by furnishing prizes for a drawing which is held every afternoon between 4 and 5 o'clock.
We also have an area where Campers can come in and park. They seem to enjoy this convenience very much.
On Sunday during the show, the Mason City, Iowa Car Club put on a nice display of old model cars.
We are now making plans for our 1975 Show and hope to have another good year.