The Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, Inc.
Secretary, 208 E. Church St., Urbana, Ohio
Having just completed our business for the past year the members of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association held an election at the Edinger Bros. Saw Mill, Urbana, Ohio, to select officers and board members for 1960. Re-elected to serve during the coming year were:
George Edinger, Orbana, Ohio...Pres. Chester King, Springfield, Ohio V-Pres. L. H. Little, Urbana, Ohio........Sec'y Byron Beatty, Urbana, Ohio....Treas.
Appointed as chaplain was Dane King, Springfield, Ohio, and as master of ceremony Paul McQueen, Columbus, Ohio. The dates for next year's reunion will be July 29, 30 and 31st, 1960 and the show will be at the same place, Goshen Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.
Among the newcomers this year were Earl Webb, Sunbury, with a 21-75 Baker; Lawrence Apgar, Bellefontaine, with a 50 HP Case; John Lindesmith, Galion, with a 21-75 Baker; and the Drummond Bros., Orient, with a 23-90 Baker Special. Our President feels that we should extend a warm welcome to all who wish to participate.
Last summer the Edinger Brothers bought a 1915 Buffalo-Springfield road roller. With a good cleaning, a little restoring, and a coat of paint, it was quite an attraction. There are very few rollers in this area and so far as we know none have been exhibited recently in Ohio. By the way, they had to buy two rollers in order to get one, so someone might persuade them to part with the extra.
The Shawnee Antique Auto Club were on hand Sunday Afternoon for a parade, potato race, and other stunts; everyone enjoys this part of the show. The Explorer Scouts did a wonderful job in parking of cars and the Mechanicsburg High School band added a lot of color to the engine parade.
R. R. Kiner of Westerville, Ohio, had his 16-50 Reeves at the show; he tells us this is the only one in Ohio in running order. We had a new teeter-totter on the grounds and several of the boys had to try it out. Among those that succeeded were Bill Cleveland with Tustin's 16 HP Huber and Bill Farmer with his 19 HP Port Huron.
For our parades we have a wonderful half-mile track and with all the engines, calliope, ox teams, burros, and other equipment, it practically fills the oval. Our master of ceremony, Paul McQueen, who is also a railroad engineer, always has everything ready for the highball sign at one o'clock. The saw mill, shingle mill and the threshing doesn't have to stop for the parade; they are located at various points inside the track.
Before going further we want to recognize those 'regulars' who do so much to keep the show going from year to year. Among these are the Tustin's, George, Russell and Paul -Roscoe Shiver Decker - Kramer Bros. -Wm. Farmer - Homer Holp and Son -A. H. Cull - Harold Ary - Lawrence Bretz - Emil Jones - Wm. Mattox -J. D. Bowers - Lowell Stevens - Bob Fielder - Roy Craig.
Don Mack, who is 'Outdoor Editor' of the Ohio State Journal, was on the grounds and took movies of the various activities. This past September he showed his film strip and gave a review of our show on his weekly television program. The ladies of the Mechanicsburg Methodist Church served delicious meals and the pastor, Rev. Taylor, brings his entire congregation to the park for services on Sunday morning. Numbered among the thousands of visitors this year were Tom Smith, editor and publisher of Engineers and Engines, also Earl Logan, president of the Richland County Steam Threshers Club, Mansfield, Ohio. We hope these gentlemen can come back next year.
All in all, we had a very successful year and were just amazed by the attendance. The figures were announced over the public address system and some old grouch was heard to say 'the show is getting too big'. Well, we don't feel that way for the slogan for the 1960 show is 'WE'RE GOING LIKE '60'.
We want to take this opportunity to extend to all a cordial invitation to meet with us at Mechanicsburg, Ohio, next July 29, 30 and 31st. We promise three days of good fellowship, a 'good head of steam and some pop-off'.