THE MIAMI VALLEY STEAM THRESHERS MEET


| January/February 1959



Baker 21-75 hp

Baker 21-75 hp. owned by Lawrence Bretz, Bradford, Ohio at the Goshen Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, where the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, Inc., held their Reunion. See the report of the Secretary, L. H. Little, Urbana, Ohio, for detai

Urbana, Ohio

Many flowery compliments were being handed the enginemen at the close of the 9th annual Reunion of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association held at Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio, July 25, 26 and 27. The spot was Goshen Memorial Park, which was known in the early 1870's as the Central Ohio Fair Grounds and where our grandparents from the surrounding counties attended their reunions. The writer can almost picture some of the older pieces of equipment being exhibited this year as being new and brightly painted and displayed on this very spot during those years. An unusually rainy summer dampened the spirits of everyone up to and including the first day of the show and many of the farmers, instead of attending the reunion were trying to salvage their hay and grain.

The old race track at Goshen Park afforded a nice place for parades and other activities and the hillside adjoining the track made a natural amphitheatre for all to watch the events. By noon on Saturday the enginemen were all at their stations and at the signal everyone pulled the whistle cordsthe entire neighborhood knew then that the show was on. The Port Huron engine pulling the calliope led the parade. Naturally the record on the calliope was ''Beautiful Ohio'. Then followed about 13 other large engines including a Gaar Scott, Farquhar, Robison, Baker, Advance, Case Huber, Minneapolis, Frick, and some home-made engines. After these the smaller models were hurrying along and bringing up the rear was Bob Fielder's big ox team pulling the Conestoga wagon. The Hart Parr tractor and Advance Rumely oil engine was dodging here and there keeping everything at the spot where needed.

The boys gave their saw mill a good workout all during the show. The association purchased this mill during the past year and was completely overhauled by some of the officers and board members including Arthur Heiland, George Edinger, and Lawrence Bretz. It really looked like a new one.

Two very fine gentlemen from Mechanicsburg, Mr. Huffman and Mr. Plank, were able to get us wheat dry enough to thresh on Saturday and Sunday. As soon as the separator stopped Wm. Farmer's horse-power baler was on the job.

Farther down the track the drag saw was being powered by Roy Craig's weel trained oxen, the saw being owned by Mr. M. M. Yore of Bellefontaine. This saw was cutting lengths of butternut logs for making shingles.