| January/February 1955

Cario, Missouri

The first Exhibition and Show of the Old Settlers and Threshermen's Association, organized September 14th, 1954, was held at Mexico, Missouri, on Saturday, October 2nd, at the Mexico Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and endorsed by the Lions and other Civic Clubs, and timed to coincide with the annual Fire Brick and Soybean Show, the event was a decided success. Downtown Mexico was crowded for the parade which preceded the afternoon show an unusual spectacle featuring riding clubs, good horsemanship, ancient vehicles of all sorts, and traction outfits from all over Missouri and the middle west.

Much credit should be and was given our Mr. R. O. Keeton, chairman of the board, who not only 'sold' the idea to his community, but shaped the entire program as well. The Iowa association was represented by Mr. Ray Ernst, of Wayland, Iowa, President of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, who brought greetings for the Mt. Pleasant group.

The fairgrounds exhibit was unusually good considering the short time permitted for its arrangement. Antique articles ran the gamut from guns to sausage mills and all the 'things' between. Eleven traction engines participated, along with old and new style seperators, stackers, etc. Included was a horsepower testing machine to lend or to rob the authenticity of owners claims for 'the power' of their separate rigs.

An ancient and unusual sawmill was a featured attraction along with an exhibition of ancient and modern threshing.


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