| January/February 1968


By Helen Virden, Rt. 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Power giants of another era steamed up for action at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, August 31st through September 4th. This Reunion in its 18th year centers around the age of the 'Iron Men' of agriculture, the most romantic period of our farm history.

More than a hundred steam engines, large and small huff and puff their way around the more than a hundred acres of grounds.

The first steam show in Mt. Pleasant featured only fifteen engines but now it has grown to the largest steam festival in America. The drawing power of this celebration of steam is in the action. Action is everywhere.

It is one thing to see one old steam engine in a museum. It is quite another to see a hundred of them lumbering about doing the work they once did on the farms in America.

You can see them sawing logs into lumber; threshing grain, running an old-time 'merry-go-round 'and making shingles. They also furnish the power for the Corliss engines and the sorghum press and cooking vat.