| January/February 1969

Manitoba, Canada

The 14th Annual Threshermen's Reunion was held July 31, August 1, 2 and 3rd at the Museum Grounds at Austin, Manitoba, Canada, which included the 7th Annual Central Manitoba Stampede on the first two days of the Reunion.

This Reunion was marked by several 'Mores' - more steam engines, more farm machinery, more gas engines, more units in the Monster Parade and many more people from Manitoba, Ontario, Western Provinces and U.S.A. which broke all previous attendance records. A conservative estimate of 40,000 men, women and children flocked into the grounds during the four days to view the many and varied events.

The Threshermen's Reunion was officially opened on Friday, August 2nd by Hon. Harry Enns, Minister of Agriculture for Manitoba, followed immediately by the daily event of a Monster Parade of 75 units which featured 8 riders on spirited horses, carrying flags (Canadian, Manitoba, U.S.A., Union Jack and Red Ensign). Then came the older cars, a Saxon, a Pontiac, a 1902 Olds and a 1904 Cadillac. A float by the Museum Ladies Auxiliary followed and then a team of year-old Charolais oxen, hitched to a covered wagon, trained and driven by C. Hamilton of Ochre River, Manitoba. A single horse hitched to a buggy was followed by the largest selection of antique farm machinery east of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada;

The oldest gas tractor in the parade was a 1897 Sawyer Massey and other relics of the past included a 1910 Hart Parr, a 1904 Case and a 1913 Pioneer. And in the steam section was a 1905 Case, a 1906 Rumely Steamer and many more. Other old time novel machinery was a 'bull-moose'stook loader, a Sunshine combine manufactured in Australia and sold in Portage, Manitoba in the early 20's; a small 4-wheel drive tractor built by a local Portage boy, from 12 parts of cars and capable of pulling 5 plows and had a speed of 40 miles per hour.

Using steam power, threshing was done and also plowing (pulling 12 bottoms), sawing lumber, shingle mill and baker fan were all operated at different times daily. Four horses on a two furrow gang plow did plowing each day. There were threshing contests between gas and steam engines using horses and racks to bring in the sheaves.


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