It's Silver Anniversary Time at the Mid-West Old Settlers and Threshers


| September/October 1974



The 14 foot

Courtesy of Mrs. Leo [Billie] Turley, R.R. 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641

Mrs. Leo [Billie] Turley

R.R. 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641.

1974 is the Silver Anniversary year for the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association in Mt. Pleasant and plans are moving ahead for another big year. The fall Reunion dates are August 29 through September 2.

In 1950, several men had a dream a reunion of Old Threshers at Mt. Pleasant, and the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association was born. Their hope was to be able to record and preserve much of the early history of the midwest territory and especially southeast Iowa and leave an authentic record that will be of interest and profit to future generations.'

That first Reunion had 15 steam engines and eight separators, and several thousand people attended from fourteen states.

Sideshows were banned, con games, carnivals, commercialism and advertising were taboo except for sale of food and soft drinks. These policies have continued to be the rule through the Association's 25 year history.

The Reunion was extended to four days in 1952 and antique autos were added to the attractions, plus events for the pleasure of the ladies.