THE DALTON REUNION OF 1975


| January/February 1977



Route 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750

My friend George Melby asked me to write this up when I attended their show in September 1975. Notice I called this a reunion and that's exactly what it is. All of us young and old get together to relive old times, visit old friends and make new ones. Some have asked me why I drive 900 miles to see a show. Well I love these Norwegian people for one thing and I have to come here to see the big old steam engines and tractors which did their part in building the country. Up here I can visit with the Melby Bros, Henry Johnson, Milton Martenson, Art and Sid Bayliss, Danny Roen, Bill Krumwiede, John Rysse from N.D., Harold Ottaway from Wichita, Kansas and scores of others all at one doing.

Here you see the big Rumleys, Advance and Gaar Scotts, plus the 30-60 Oil Pulls, 30-60 Russells, 35-70 Minn., 30-60 Aultman Taylor, 20-40 Minn. Universal and a score of others. The new museum windmill etc. just thrown in.

One of the most inspiring things happened at the Sunday morning church service when a community choir furnished the music and was led by 79 year old George Melby in striped overalls. He got up, pulled off his jacket and led that group like a professional. It was touching and very inspiring. I asked George later where he got his training and he replied he got his music from his mother's side of the house and he had been at it for over 50 years.

Now, I am not the only one from the lower states to come up here. There were 12 from Indiana for the doings this year. This is the only place where they plow with steam and a ten-bottom plow and thresh with a separator equipped with wind feeders attached. Come up and see for yourself next fall!