EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA Holds First Annual Reunion


| May/June 1964



Case Traction Engine

Picture is a 2' scale Case Traction Engine which I built. Courtesy of Leroy A. Morris, R.F.D. 2, Preshe, South Dakota

Leroy A. Morris

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.