REPORT

THE N.T.A 22ND REUNION


| November/December 1966



4 HP Garrett Tractor

Courtesy of R. A. Horsey, 145 Hoppers Road, London, N 21 4 HP Garrett Tractor, No. 33818. Year 1920. Owners: M. Collyer and G. Burch of Ipswich. This engine started work with a traveling showman, Mr. Summers of Norwich, later passing into the hands of H.

R. A. Horsey

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.