The Mocksville Threshing Reunion & Engine Show Reunion

| January/February 1974

The wheels of progress were reversed a trifle on Independence Day, 1973, at the Robert Lyerly farm, on the Green Hill road, 2 miles South West of Mocksville, N. C.

The largest crowd ever to attend this reunion brought visitors from many different states. An Antique car club brought several superbly restored autos. They ranged in age from a very early Ford Model 'T' to a finely restored Plymouth built in the late 30's.

There were 40 antique gas engines on display this year and most were restored to like new condition and were running. Some supplied power to machines, such as a wood saw, grist mill, or a washing machine. Whenever possible, the shade trees were put to good use by the gasoline engine owners and operators. The shade does come in real handy during July in Carolina.

Those who brought in and operated gasoline engines were Bobby Cartner, Woodleaf, N.C, Willard Moore, Jamestown, N.C, Bill Grimley, Durham, N.C, Charlie Dyson, Statesville, N.C, Jeff Hutchings Elizabethton, Tenn., Jimmy Garner, Richfield, N.C, Walter Koontz, Welcome, N.C, Robert Sr., Robert Jr. and Robert Hammer 3rd. of Conover, N.C, Robert Varner, Ashboro, N.C. Bill Payne, Madison, N.C, Hoy Lee Tucker, Charlotte, N.C, Karl Seamon, Charlotte, and John Klutz of Charlotte, N.C.

This year's wheat supply was grown on the farm of Mr. Archie Cline and was cut and bound by him. He made a couple of trips to bring it to the reunion grounds. Mr. Cline and Bobby Miller, both of (Gold Hill N.C, are the two main steam engineers and they come up before show time to check over the engines completely as well as all equipment to be powered by the steam engines. They, and Mr. Lyerly always make sure there is ample wood for firing the engines, wheat for threshing, logs for sawing, etc., and any repairs they may need in the course of the activities.

Mr. Lyerly has also added a nice refreshment stand especially for the threshing reunions. Mr. Lyerly puts in a lot of hard work in getting the large tract of land in which the reunion is held on in nice shape for this occasion. His work, of course, starts right after the reunion as he gets things cleaned up and put away until they start getting ready for the next one.