Old THRESHERS CELEBRATE 40 Years


| May/June 1990



Wagon and John Deere model

05 Broadway #5, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641.

John Broadhead, Colchester, Illinois, steers a scale Case past a packed grandstand. The engine, made by L.W. demons of LeClaire, Iowa, is pulling a water wagon and 8 bottom John Deere model plow.

The 1989 Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa will go down in its history books as one of the best ever. Celebrating 40 years of remembering the days of 'steam and glory,' the folks in Mt. Pleasant 'put on' a reunion that will not soon be forgotten.

Despite a little too much 'dust control' (over an inch of rain) the first day, the event was recorded as having the third largest attendance in the history of the organization.

According to the Reunion's organizers, the Old Threshers Association sold 60,433 memberships, a 5.66 percent increase over 1988. Based on the multiple use of the memberships for more than one day of the Reunion, the estimated total attendance for the five day celebration of yester year was 135,974. Wow!

Still showing growth and improvements after 40 years, the Old Threshers Reunion shone like its 40 year color of ruby red in the south east Iowa countryside. Beginning in 1950 with a showing of fifteen steam traction engines and 8 separators, the event has grown into the largest historical show of its type celebrating our agricultural heritage. Again, in 1989, there were over 100 operating steam engines on display as well as nearly 900 gasoline engines and over 300 antique tractors.