Reunion Reports


| March/April 1962

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

'Unless you see it you can't imagine what it is,' commented a California visitor at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion and he just about hit the nail on the head.

It was bigger, it was better, and it was different than it has been in the past. The difference was due to added room, added features and another big building.

The steam engines and old tractors were there - over a hundred of them, big and little, and the most of them in the Cavalcade of Power - the parade around the track before the big crowd.

Over a hundred antique cars were on display -many of them in the new 89' x 120' concrete and steel, clear span, two-story building completed just in time for the reunion. It was in the northwest section of the grounds to which over 4 more acres had been added this year.

Last year's visitor will recall the old cabbage stack locomotive that had just been reconditioned and ran on a short track. This year a passenger coach had been added and over ten thousand rode the line which now extends half way around the fair grounds. They were paying passengers, too, either in the nature of stockholders - it costs a $10 share to be a stockholder and one gets a lifetime pass on the train with this - or ticket purchasers at the depot. The The train was on the go, almost continuously except when taking on passengers, water or coal, and the passengers got a round trip ride with a stop-over at the engine house to inspect displays of other equipment.