One of the most impressive sights at an N.T.A (National Threshers Association) REUNION each year occurs each morning promptly at 10 o'clock, when to the strains of the National Anthem a squad of Boy Scouts slowly raise to the top of the 50-foot flag pole in the center of the infield the Star Spangled Banner, with the blue and gold N.T.A silk emblem and the smaller TNT (The National Thresher-women) banner of green and gold flying below the RED, WHITE and BLUE. To see men and women standing in their place wherever they may be and saluting OLD GLORY is always a moving sight to the writer. Then comes the invitation by our beloved chaplain, 'Let us look to God in prayer', as he expresses thanks to God for his care of us in the past and asks for his continued blessing. Rev. Ritzman adds a touch to each Reunion that is unequalled, both in the daily invocation and the Sunday morning service.
Some twenty-four steam traction engines occupied the infield, together with large models, antique farm machinery, the sawmill, teeter-totter, fans Prony brake, and the big double incline made of 500 cubic yards of earth. The engineers took turns powering the saw-mill, where over 4000 feet of fine lumber was sawed, in spite of the heat. The three Baker fans were often set to turning, and the Prony brake also was in use. The Veneer mill was a popular attraction, and the teeter-totter was also often in use.
Friday and Saturday saw more models than ever, with a breeze blowing through the Model tent and other models being in the large building which also housed the Trading Post and the popular Picture Gallery. Also on display were the steam engine drawings submitted in the recent contest.
Mention should be made of the Pre-Reunion Bus excursion to Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, participated in by fifty-one adults and two children, all of whom reported an interesting and rewarding trip. The value of the trip is shown by the fact that for a great many it was the second or third time they had visited these world-wide known historic attractions, where there is always something new or something missed before.
For entertainment, aside from the models and large engines, there were more Oil-Pulls and gas tractors on display and working than ever before. Eiffel Plasterer presented his famous BUBBLES CONCERTO; Bud Widmer's unequalled Rube Band gave concerts Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon; the 80-piece marching band of the Wauseon High School was enthusiastically received; the Keestone Kops from Findlay kept the crowds in good humor with their paddy wagon and many prisoners, including the president and secretary.
Thursday evening was the traditional time for the NTA ANNUAL meeting, the MEMORIAL SERVICE and this year the bi-annual election of officers. The report of the nominating committee was accepted, with present officers and directors to serve another two-year term, with Cyril Bauer of Holgate, chairman of the Baker Fan committee and founder of the 500 Baker Fan club, elected vice-president. Because of his duties with the National Biscuit Company in Toledo, Earnest Hoffer was unable to be present except in the evening. Presidential duties will remain in the Hoffer household, however, since the ladies of the TNT elected Mrs. Hoffer president at their annual meeting. Mrs. Leo Clark will continue to help with the programs, parades, etc. in her usual efficient manner. Other TNT officers remain the same. A cake decorating program, two Get-Acquainted Teas and the Hobby Lobby provided interest for the many women in attendance.
A feature of the annual meeting was the HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP presented to Guy Sams, Hillsboro, Ohio, who was the spokesman suggesting the Name NATIONAL THRESHERS way back in 1948 when this group was organized on the Blaker farm.
The Fulton County Horseshoe Club carried out the tournament as planned, with the beautiful courts in constant and late use. The writer regrets not having the name of the winners of the tournament.
The program of the Northwest Ohio Antique Car Club was most interesting and added a different note to the overall program of the Reunion.
Four parades gave the crowds in the big grandstand an opportunity to see the antiques and models pass in review. The Saturday evening parade repeated the program inaugurated last year, when as far as possible the YOUNG ENGINEERS were in charge. Movies and slides in the arts and Crafts building followed the Friday and Saturday evening parades.
No write-up of the N.T.A REUNION would be complete without mention of the Sunday morning church service in front of the grandstand. Music by dedicated musicians and a sermon by the chaplain on 'Building Bridges' made up the program participated by several hundred, including the faithful squad of Boy Scouts and Scoutmaster.
President, LeRoy W. Blaker, Alvordton, Ohio; Vice-President, Cyril Bauer, Holgate, Ohio; Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. LeRoy W. Blaker, Alvordton, Ohio; Chaplain, Rev. Elmer Ritzman, Enola, Pennsylvania; Directors - Ohio: John Limmer, Perrysburg; Michigan: Percy Sherman, Palmyra; Indiana: Harold Gay, Decatur; Iowa: Peter Bccher, Fairfield; Illinois: Wilbur Collins; Pennsylvania: Elmer Schaefer, Yoe; Wisconsin: Clarence Mirk, Wau-watosa; Maryland and D.C.; Frank McGuffin, Washington; New York: Lynn Langworthy, Alfred; Kentucky: Jack Turner, Georgetown; Canada: George Searson, Watford, Ontario. Trustees - Homer Holp, Brookville, Ohio; Ralph Vincent, Bryan, Ohio; Dean Saunders, Addison, Michigan.
Tickets Paul Garman Engine Registration Elmer Ransburg Concessions Clive Reckner PA System George Kuehne Sawmill Percy Sherman Prony Brake Paul Curtis Baker Fans Cyril Bauer Models Carleton Weisel, Sam Schnur Picture Gallery John Hixson Trading Post William Rhodes Parade Harold Gay, Dan Heidi Youth Committee Dean Saunders, Lloyd Kramer John Holp Movies Earnest Hoffer Antique Machinery Clyde F el g e r, Walter Hoffman Registration Mrs.. Elmer Ransburg, Mrs. Dan Heidi Room Information Mrs. Charles Garman Horseshoe Tournament Alfred Figy Clean-Up Charles Garman
The National Thresherwomen President - Mrs. Leo Clark, Washington, Ill.; Vice-President - Mrs. Mac Keller, Garrett, Ind.; Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Glenn Shepard, McClure, Ohio.