| September/October 1963


The nineteenth annual Reunion of the National Threshers Association, was held at the Williams County Fair Grounds, Montpelier, Ohio, during a heat wave when the temperature reached 95 degrees for seven consecutive day, breaking records. In spite of this, the crowds at times equalled or exceeded those of other years, and much activity by the fine engineers provided a splendid program of events of all kinds.

As it is the custom at the NTA Reunions, the program opened Thurs. with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, flag-raising, invocation by Rev. Elmer Ritzman, welcome by president of the Chamber of Commerce, Eugene Kimmel, response by president LeRoy Blaker. On Thursday evening the annual meeting and Memorial service were conducted from the cement area in front of the grandstand, instead of in the Administration Building.

Rain, just enough to muddy the track and cool the temperature for the time being, prevented having the Friday night parade. Instead, the famed Bud Widmer Rube Band of Defiance gave a most enjoyable hour-long concert before the cr, wds in the grandstand and on the field. The regular Saturday parade was held, with the Montpelier High School Band leading the parade, followed by many floats, steam models, steam engines, gas tractors, oil pulls, antique cars. Moving with clocklike precision, the parade lasted exactly one hour.

Space does not permit the enumeration of all the features of the 1963 NTA Reunion, but mention must be made of the sawmill purchased last fall; in spite of the nearly 100 degree temperature, and with the use of many different engines, Percy Sherman sawed nearly 8000 feet of lumber during the Reunion. John Limmer directed the threshing of the fine crop of winter barley raised for this exclusive purpose on the Blaker farm, and Frank McGuffin was well pleased with the platform and steps built by Harry Mitchell according to Frank's instructions and placed behind the NTA-TNT owned Port Huron, to facilitate inspection by the public of the workings of a steam traction engine.

The program for the ladies was carried out as printed, with Mrs. Val Connolly speaking Thursday afternoon on 'Life in Spain' and Dick Pressler repeating his gift-wrapping demonstration that made such a hit last year. Teas were held Thursday and Friday afternoons, and the locomotive owned by Frank Paul pulled John Maxwell's Joy Wagon downtown for the convenience of women shoppers. The Joy Wagon was again used in the parade, filled with 70 year old threshers. Kramer's calliope was an important feature of the Reunion also.