The 13th Annual OLD TIME THRESHERS AND SAW MILL OPERATORS EXHIBITION held on Aug. 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, 1964


| July/August 1964

  • Harry Woodmansee
    The start of a sideways climb by Harry Woodmansee at the 1963 Show of the Old Time Threshers.
  • 18 hp Advance Rumely
    Clare Brown of Hamilton Lake, Indiana keeping an 18 hp Advance Rumely hot at the 1963 Old Time Thresher Show
  • Wagon
    Everything that can be steam, even an old time pop corn wagon that hardly shut down at the Old Time Thresher Show.
  • Threshing with steam power

  • Directors of the Old Time Threshers and Saw Mill Operators
    The officers and Board of Directors of the 'Old Time Threshers and Saw Mill Operators'. From left to right, first row: Rolland Maxwell, Sherald Bonnell, Mrs. Jay Gould, Mrs. J. H. Whitbey. Second Row: Cint Bloom, Jay Gould, Irvin Bandelier, Frank Miller,
  • Advance engine
    Exact copy to scale of an Advance engine owned by M. C. Lake of South Bend, Indiana as seen at the 1963 Old Time Thresher Show.
  • Melvin Lugten
    A view of the crowd watching Melvin Lugten balance his engine on the teeter-totter at the 1963 Old Time Thresher Show.
  • Veneer Lathe
    Veneer Lathe in operation at the 1963 Old Time Thresher Show.

  • Harry Woodmansee
  • 18 hp Advance Rumely
  • Wagon
  • Threshing with steam power
  • Directors of the Old Time Threshers and Saw Mill Operators
  • Advance engine
  • Melvin Lugten
  • Veneer Lathe

This years exhibition of the 'Old Time Thresher and Saw Mill Operators Show' exceeded all of the former years for the number of people attending and for variety of equipment. Exhibitors and equipment came from a four state area. The states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana being represented.

Each days program began at 10:00 in the morning with the raising of the flag and the playing of the National Anthem followed by a short prayer given by Robert Price of Logansport, Indiana, the Old Time Thresher Chaplain. In respect to the flag of our nation, the raising and lowering ceremonies were performed each day by the Wallen troop of the Boy Scouts of America. As is the custom of 'The Old Time Thresher Show', a scheduled program of events took place each day of the show.

This year, two new improvements were added for the betterment of the show. The first one being a new, four inch, driven well which to help relieve the constantly increasing demands for water. The original well had enough to do in just taking care of the drinking water and for sanitary needs. With the addition of the second well, plenty of water was on hand at all times to supply the engines and for wetting down the grounds. The second, and most noticed by the visitor, was the new Threshermens pavilion dedicated to the bygone days as a lot of us remember them. A plaque was made up and placed on the building which reads as follows:

THE THRESHERMANS PAVILION

THIS BUILDING ERECTED BY THE OLD TIME THRESHERS AND SAW MILL OPERATORS, INC. AND DEDICATED BY THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION MAY 26, 1963.



IT IS THE ASSOCIATIONS FERVENT RESIRE TO PROMOTE MORE GENERAL INTEREST IN -AND TO REVIVE THE MANY PLEASANT MEMORIES OF-THE DAYS WHEN THE STEAM ENGINE WORKED ON THE AMERICAN FARMS. TO THIS PROPOSITION WE PLEDGE TIME AND EFFORT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE METHODS AND MACHINES BY WHICH OUR NATION GREW TO ITS EARLY STRENGTH.

The pavilion was put to a very good use as a resting and visiting place for the visitor and as the headquarters for the secretary and treasurer of 'The Old Time Thresher Show'. Each year, as the visitor well knows, the Old Time Thresher Show respects the day of the Lord by holding church services on the grounds on Sunday morning. A sound system was installed in the new building so that everyone could hear the message of the minister. Special thanks are due to Mrs. Jay Gould for the wonderful accompanying music during the services and for the very pleasing music during the noon hour with the Lowery organ.



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