Ramona, South Dakota
For the last three or four years a handful of men were collecting old machinery. Two years ago a few of them threshed on a Sunday afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 P,M, Some people came to watch. 1962 was extremely wet for a semi-arid region and we had 46 inches of rain. In the spring of 1963 the minds of 7 men were threshing again and it was decided to hold a reunion on August 31st and September 1st and 2nd.
The first day was beautiful and a small crowd turned out. The next two days were damp and showered a little, enough so that on the last day only the inside bundles of the shocks were used.
There were three separators. Two wood Aultman-Taylors, a 27' and a 32'; also a new Racine wood machine, 18'handfed with apron stacker and powered by a 8 hp Titan engine mounted on the same truck, a 40 Case Steamer, 20-40, 2 cylinder, Case Gas 35-70 Minn., 12-24 Case, 17-32 Minneapolis, a rebuilt Reg. Farmall and a 40-65 Twin City.
In the yard of small engines and old cars, were engines of all sizes and makes from 1 hp up to a 1908, 10 hp, Famous Hit & Miss. All wood walking cultivator to breaking plows, walking2 wheel sulky. A 50 year old Creton pop corn machine that was working and making pop corn at 5 a bag. The cars ranged from a Model T Touring to a 1928 Rolls Royce. One of the members hauled grain with his Model T truck.
Two church groups served lunch. The head count as close as possible was about 4500. The reunion was held 13 miles north of Madison, South Dakota on U.S. highway 81 and one mile west on Joe Haberger's farm.
Another reunion is planned for next year on the 3rd week-end in August. On November 29th a meeting was held with U men present. A charter was outlined and not only the men are charter members but the whole family All children under 21 are family. All children under 21 are junior charter members. There has been quite a bit of interest shown by others. In March another meeting will be held and new members taken in.