| March/April 1960

  • Railroad Depo
    Railroad Depot, Saddle Tank Railroad Engine and Miniature Railroad at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 1959.
  • Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association
    A busy and interesting scene at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 1959.

  • Railroad Depo
  • Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Several acres added to the grounds, more engines on display and several new exhibits, all helped to make the tenth annual reunion of the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Association the best yet, seemed to be the opinion generally expressed by visitors.

Although scheduled for September 9-10-11-12, engines began arriving several days in advance and visitors, too. The first day's count showed there were 90 engines on the grounds; 40 large steam engines, 23 models and miniatures, 8 stationary and 19 kerosene or gas tractors.

Visitors registered from most of Iowa's counties and the surrounding ones in Illinois and Missouri; from more than two-thirds of the states and several from foreign countries -- Germany, Canada, and the one the farthest from home, from western Australia.

There was always something to see and some engine activity. Special events were arranged for each day in addition to the parade, the Cavalcade of Power, in which engines passed before the grand stand and were announced and described over a public address system. High school marching bands led the parade. Floats prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary took part showing a country home of pioneer days -- the kitchen and wash day. Others represented the country church and the country school. Antique cars paraded on several occasions.

The annual award to the surprise selection of Old Settler and Old Thresher was given to two, who as children had grown up and gone to school in the same Trenton community near Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Kate Monson who for the past six years has demonstrated wool carding and spinning wheel operation at the reunions was selected as Old Settler of 1959. Pete Bucher, a thresherman of 44 years experience, an originator of the Reunion and an active worker in it -- balancing a Port Huron engine on the teeter board being one of the jobs he handles -- was selected as Old Thresher of 1959.


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