| November/December 1964


The twentieth annual Reunion of the NATIONAL THRESHERS ASSOCIATION, INC. was held Thursday through Sunday, June 25 -28 1964, at the Williams County Fairgrounds, Montpelier, Ohio, and lived up to its reputation as a 'REUNION where GOOD ENGINEERS give GOOD ENGINES a GOOD WORKOUT.' Besides the miniature models, some fifty large and small engines and gas tractors were exhibited and demonstrated.

The most unusual feature of this year's event was the amount of threshing of winter barley which was done, even on the opening day. John Limmer, the Ohio director, was in charge of the threshing, and assisted by his grandson, Frank Johnson. Even the president of the Old Time Threshers and Sawmill operators, Jim Whitbey, lent a hand in loading and getting the barley from the Blaker farm to the grounds. Several different engines were belted up to the separator during the four days, to thresh 161 bushels of grain.

The NTA-TNT engine was used effectively on both the separator and the NTA saw-mill. Sawing was done by George Searson of Waterford, Ontario, and his son Harley and Earl Newberry.

Percy Sherman Michigan Director and others participated in some 'slow racing', and several engineers tried their skill at balancing on the teeter-totter. A spectacular event occurred Friday when four engines simultaneously climbed the big incline and came to rest at the summit with all front wheels touching and the engines forming a four-pointed star.

On the Prony brake, a device for measuring horse power which was used in the A. D. Baker works at Swanton and presented to the NTA by Mr. Baker before his death, a 20-60 HP Reeves cross-Compound, owned by Ralph Wallace of Carleton, Michigan, developed 116 HP, with 135 lbs working pressure, to top many others belted to the brake. Incidentally, LeRoy Blaker, president of the NTA, says that over a period of some 18 years attending scores and scores of Reunions or steam shows, this is the FIRST REEVES COMPOUND he has seen anywhere.