| January/February 1977

7197 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, Indiana 46410

The sixth annual show was held on July 11, 12 and 13 at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Missouri.

We have attended many shows of this general type, but never before one which had such total community involvement and interest.

An air of sadness was evident among the members and others who participated in this show. Mr. Lawrence Hempstead, a most-liked person had passed away on December 2, 1974, while awaiting a plane which was to take him and a group on a trip to the Holy Lands. Lawrence had been elected President when the Mark Twain Old Threshers group was first organized in October, 1969. Lawrence was succeeded by Mr. Leon Foree in the Presidency of the group.

When we went onto the show grounds in the evening the day before the start of the show and asked for Mr. Foree, we were told, 'you'll find him down over that rise at the unloading ramp, unloading a steam engine.' Indeed he was. Even Presidents work at shows. Leon and his group of officers was no exception.

The merchants, citizens, civic organizations and exhibitors all pitch in to make this show the huge success that it is.