The 'Hobby Show' staged by the Ladies of the Central States Thresher Reunion, is an annual affair. Although we are not organized, a chairwoman is appointed and committees named, and all work together. This past show being the seventh exhibit year
Some of the highlights of the exhibit were, 'Things to Remember'; 'The Old Fashioned Kitchen'; this proved to be quite an attraction. The Venus two-plate wood burning stove was furnished by Mrs. Ralph Fisher of Assumption, Illinois. The dry sink and glass front cupboard was furnished by Bud Wink, Fairbury, Illinois. The heirloom rocker by Mrs. William Altmas, Benson, Illinois; antique drop leaf table by Mrs. Dan Zehr, Pontiac, Illinois. The small accessories by several other members.
The Ladies Bazaar was in charge of Mrs. Jean Reed and Mrs. Bernice Kinzinger. Hobbies exhibited were, 'Little Swiss Toy Shop' by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kipfer. 'Hand Painted Pictures,' Mrs. Harvey Gallup, Sr. 'African Violets' by Mrs. Verna Thomas and Mrs. Bertha Blackburn. 'Towel Novelties' by Mrs. Myrtle Collins. 'Salt and Peper Shakers' by Mrs. Fred Haszler. 'Fancy Work' Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Violet Chapman, Mrs. Mildred Vercher, Mrs. Sophia Schott. Mrs. Gordon Collins was on hand with her Rug Loom, she was busy demonstrating and making rugs each day. The Antique building was open each day with Miss Dorothy Atkinson of Polo, Illinois, in charge.
The Ladies of the Central States Thresher Reunion 1957. Left to right, front row: Mrs. Amos Post, Lewistown, Illinois; Mrs. Dan Zehr, Pontiac, Illinois; Mrs. J. D. Roberts, McLean, Illinois; Mrs. Milford Rees, Franklin, Illinois; Mrs Ernest Cox, Lafayette, Indiana. Left to right, second row: Mrs. Ray Ernst, Wayland, Iowa; Mrs. George Foos, Elwood, Illinois; Mr Robert Kipfer, Pontiac, Illinois; Mrs. Victor Brendt, Sandusky, Illinois. Third row, left to right: Mrs. L. V. Kinzinger, Carlock, Illinois; Mrs. Robert Kipfer, Pontiac, Illinois; Mrs. Wilbur Collins, Pontiac, Illinois; Miss Jean Roberts, McClean, Illinois
The first day we had the pleasure of having the Governor and Mrs. Stratton visit our Show. Sixteen girls from Holland, Michigan, were here three days to do the Wooden Shoe Dances. The Ladies also have a register which proves to be quite interesting, to meet, greet and visit with your friends. Friendships old, and friendships new, are never hard to choose, an idea here, a recipe there, and how the children grew, a fond goodbye until Reunion time next year.
MRS. MYRTLE COLLINS, Chairwoman Pontiac, Illinois