| January/February 1964

Sec.-Treas., 339 West Green St., Decatur, Illinois

In the month of Feb. 1963, a meeting was held in Decatur, Illinois, for the purpose of forming a Steam Engine and Thresher club, later known as THE DECATUR STEAM ENGINE & ANTIQUE CLUB. Three officers were chosen to operate the club, namely--Mr. Loren Hampsmire, Pres. Mr. Albert Rennewanz, Vice Pres., and Mr. Glenn Combs, Sec. & Tres.

Mr. Hampsmire is an engineer for the Wabash Railroad. Mr. Rennewanz is plant engineer for the Swift Co. and Mr. Combs has his own business as gas engine sales and service.

All officers have steam engines and related equipment.

After the forming of the club plans were in the making for a thresher show. A suitable place was found with good drinking water and plenty of shade, plus a picnic grounds with a large parking place. The three officers prepared the adjoining fields for 15 acres of oats. The harvesting of the grain was completed with Mr. Hampsmire's horse drawn 8 ft. McCormick-Deering binder. An arena was made to have the Piatt County Trailblazer horse show displayed.

At the date of July 27 & 28 the thresher show was to begin with a total attendance of 3000 persons.