REUNION REPORTS

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This Sawyer Massey engine built in 1913 is owned by George Searson of Watford Ontario, Director. Mr. Searson who runs a sawmill in Watford has two such engines, one of which is in continuous use in the mill. Georges' son Harley is shown operating this eng
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This John Goodison engine built in Sarnia in 1925 operated by Chart Reece is owned by Hugh Chisholm of Sarnia, past president of the association. Hugh was the original owner of this engine, sold it, and was fortunate enough to be able to buy it back a few

Secretary

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.

Four Baker Fans were in use at this year’s Reunion,
providing considerable interest in this event now so common a
feature at steam shows, but again a feature pioneered by the NTA.
The NTA-TNT engine turned a Baker Fan 500 RPM and was capable of
doing considerably more. At this RPM and running fully compound, it
had only 2 lbs. back pressure in the exhaust pipe. With the
half-inch auxiliary valve open, using live steam in the low
pressure cylinder, the back pressure was four pounds doing the same
amount of work.

Amos Rixmann supervised a Tug of War between John Holp’s 20
HP Reeves Compound, which resulted in a draw, besides providing a
spectacle for the crowded grandstand.

Four parades were staged with the Indiana director Harold Gay
doing a competent job at the microphone, with the able assistance
of Dan Heidl and the PA announcer George Kuehne and his Short Wave
Radio Club of Bryan. Saturday night was set aside as YOUTH NIGHT,
and under the supervision of the ‘ YOUTH COMMITTEE Dean
Saunders, Lloyd Kramer and John Holp, the program that evening
revealed just how many fine young engineers we have in the
association. Among those participating in the parade and other
activities that night were John Holp, Jr. now eight years old but
already an old hand in the parades, Frank Johnson, Harley Searson,
William Raisch, Harold Parish, Steve Wolfarth, Philip Hoffer, Steve
Heidl, Carlton Wallace, Jr., the Kramer boys. Preceding the
Saturday YOUTH PARADE was a concert by the famous Bud Widmer RUBE
BAND of Defiance, long a highlight of the NTA programs. The Kramer
calliope furnished music all during the Reunion.

The usual fine programs for the ladies given under the direction
of The National Thresherwomen (TNT) were held this year in Floral
Hall and were followed by Get-Acquainted Teas, served to an
unusually large number. The Hobby Lobby was again a point of
interest.

An inspiring religious service was held in the grandstand Sunday
morning under the leadership of Robert Price of Logansport,
Indiana, chaplain of the Miami Valley Steam Association. Rev. Elmer
Ritzman, NTA Chaplain, gave in his usual convincing manner a sermon
on ‘The Courage of Your Convictions’ and Guy Laubis of
Kenton, Ohio, sang ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘The
Christ of the Cross’, accompanied by Lucile Blaker on a
portable Estey organ. The Glanz Music Co. of Bryan provided other
music on an electronic organ.

The annual meeting and Memorial service was held Thursday
evening. Election of officers resulted in the following: President,
Leroy Blaker; vice-president, Earnest Hoffer; Chaplain, Elmer
Ritzman; secretary-treasurer, Lucile Blaker ; Directors: OHIO, John
Limmer; INDIANA, Harold Gay; MICHIGAN, Percy Sherman; IOWA, Peter B
u c h e r ; ILLINOIS, Wilbur Collins; PENNSYLVANIA, Elmer Schaefer;
WISCONSIN, Clarence Mirk; MARYLAND and the D of C, Frank McGuffin;
KENTUCKY, Jack Tucker; NEW YORK, Lynn Lang-worthy, ONTARIO, George
Searson. TRUSTEES: Ralph Vincent, Homer Holp, Dean Saunders. It was
announced that the 21st NTA Reunion would be at the same place the
last week-end in June. The excursion to Ford Museum and Greenfield
Village was cancelled, lacking seven of the required quota. The
excursion may be held next year, pending discussion and enlarged
plans.

Extra stress was laid on boiler safety at this year’s
Reunion. The NTA pioneered in requiring the display of test
certificates on each engine.

We wish to extend our thanks to the host of people who worked
hard to make the 1964 NTA Reunion the success it was and to the
Montpelier LEADER ENTERPRISE for the FREE Pictorial.

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