Report of the 25th Anniversary of the Central States Threshermans' Reunion

Aug. 30,31, Sept 1, 2, 3, 1973.

| July/August 1974

Pontiac, Illinois-

The Silver Anniversary of the Central States Threshermens' Reunion opened, unofficially, at noon on Wednesday, August 29th when US. Senator Adlai Stevenson III invited President Dean Zehr, 1st Vice President Herb Beckemeyer, 2nd Vice-President Vic Opperman and Secretary Robert Kipfer to lunch at Palomar House in Pontiac. After lunch, the entire group drove to the beautiful 4-H Park for a tour of the grounds and a demonstration of things to come. Several activities were operated for Mr. Stevenson and his associates to show what was scheduled for the next five days. All enjoyed the 'Sneak Preview' very much and everyone was happy that the Senator could attend even though he had to come one day early.

Wednesday evening, several threshermen and their wives attended a dinner at the Elks Club which was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and the Junior Womens' Club who had conducted a Queen contest. Highlight of the program was the crowning of Miss Terri Elliott of Cropsey as 'Miss Thershers Reunion'. The main speaker was William Kuhfuss, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Official Opening Ceremonies were held promptly at ten o'clock on Thursday morning with Bob Kipfer performing admirably as Master of Ceremonies.Rev. Yoder, Pastor of the United Methodist Church gave the invocation followed by Julius Rasmussen of Gibson City playing the National Anthem on his old time roller organ. President Zehr gave a short address and then Herb Beckemeyer came forth with the traditional 'Engineers'. Blow your whistles and start threshing!' and the show was on!

The Thursday evening session was in charge of Sylvester Fosdick with a Memorial Service for all past active members. A Special Memorial for the late Dan Zehr, orginator of the reunion and father of President Zehr, was offered by his nephew, Rev. Zehr. Pictures were shown by Ray Reed and music was furnished by the 'Youngs' of Fairbury, featuring Vern Reed on the violin and John Allison on his mouth organ.

Friday evening, 'An Evening of Melodrama' was presented by the Vermilion Players. Laughs all over the place!


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