Illinois Threshermen's Jubilee

| November/December 1956

Secretary, Illinois Threshermen's Jubilee Colchester, Illinois

The Illinois Threshermen's Jubilee was held at the Neal McClure farm near Colchester, Illinois, on July 27, 28 and 29. The attendance exceeded our expectations and it was estimated that between six and seven thousand persons enjoyed the exhibition.

The 23 steamers owned and permanently located here were all in operation along with four grain separators. The program consisted of threshing rye and oats, sawing lumber, hill climbing and our friend Bill Sater of Mt. Pleasant sent us his prony brake and he and Pete Bucher of Fairfield Iowa, operated the outfit.

This is the fourth reunion held here and we can truthfully state that the interest has increased every year. The additions to the collection of steamers this season included a Springfield Steam Roller, a Jumbo, Kitten and two single and one double Keck-Gonnerman's. There has been some demand for these steamers to do threshing at county fairs, drive bridge piling and used in centennial parades and some are to be loaned to other reunions for exhibition.


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