Reunion Reports


| March/April 1962



Huber traction engine

Huber traction engine owned by D. B. McCorkel of Logansport, Indiana. This engine is fired by an automatic oil burner and powered by a steam driven turbine. The engine in the background is an N & S owned by Chas. Winebrenner of Tigoner, Ind. Displayed

THE 11th ANNUAL REUNION of the 'Old Time Threshers and Saw Mill Operators' Show held Aug. 17, 18, 19, & 20, 1961

This year, as everyone had hoped for, The Old Time Thresher show had four perfect days. Each day was clear and sunny with the exception of late Saturday evening when there was a short 'pickle shower,' which barely settled the dust. There were however, very heavy rains all around the area of the show grounds. Fortunately, the show grounds were spared.

For the visiting public, the 'Old Time Threshers' had many new and different attractions for their enjoyment. In addition to the many for which the show is well known, there were added to this year's show a shingle mill, veneer mill, Hurdy-Gurdy organ etc.

One attraction of special delight for the visitor were two parachute drops made directly over the show grounds by Mr. Brad Parlin of the Cole Bros. air circus. Mr. Parlin made his jumps from an altitude of about six thousand feet and each one was perfectly performed. In each of his performances, he fell free for a couple of hundred feet before opening his parachute, much to the delight of the large crowd.

Once again the 'Old Time Thresher Show' was co-sponsored by Westinghouse radio station WOWO Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and its farm service director Jay Gould. Mr. Gould is known by millions of listeners in the Tri-State area, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, for his 'Little Red Bam and Dinner on the Farm' programs. On Saturday, Mr. Gould brought a surprise visitor to the show. He introduced 'Charley The Weatherman', who gave an interesting talk on the ways in which weather data is gathered and forecasted. The show this year, in addition to being co-sponsored by radio station WOWO, was covered by interviewers and photographers from two Ft. Wayne television stations.

Gas engine row, gasoline alley or put-put corner, call it what you will, we had them. From 1? H. P. to 25 H. P. in single cylinder models and up to 30-60 H. P. in large four cylinder gas tractors. Half of one side and one end of the show grounds was necessary for all of these engines and tractors to be displayed. Each and everyone were in actual operating condition and wonderfully restored by the owners. One young man in particular trucked his 10-20 Titan from Erie, Pennsylvania to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in order to attend the show and display his very fine tractor.