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This report on the 26th National Threshers Reunion, held in June, was sparked by a visit Earnest and I had with Mr. Ritzman. We had stopped to visit him and you can be sure he had his hand on the throttle when he turned to me and said 'Mrs. Hoffer, when are you going to write a report on your show?' I am no writer, but will try.
As you all know you have to start a few days before the opening day to get the engines and everything going. Opening day, Thursday, at 10 O'clock, we had the flag raising by the Boy Scouts while the National Anthem was being played, followed by invocation by our chaplain, Rev. Bare. The mayor of Wauseon and president of the fair board welcomed us and Pres. Earnest Hoffer and Vice-Pres. Dan Heidi responded. By that time all of the engineers had their pride and joys fired up. Percy Sherman and his helpers built a new teeter-totter, and to test it out two young ladies used Dan Heidi's 9 hp. Case engine. They got so good at it that they were outdoing the men. Of course the larger engines are much harder to handle.
John Limmer chose several different engines to use on the separator to thresh the barley that Mr. Blaker, Mac Keller and several others cut and shocked earlier in the week. The Sawmill, manned by Dean Saunders and his helpers, gave the engines a mighty workout. Oh yes, Earnest said to tell you that we are proud that we had 17 different makes of engines of the total of 26 on the grounds.
Friday, the weather gave us a bad break, it rained nearly all day. However, that did not faze the engineers. They fired up anyway so that the undaunted ones could at least see the flywheels turn over. The engines could not be run around on the grounds. Our parade for the evening was canceled, but the Wauseon high school band gave us a nice concert for the evening.
Saturday and Sunday were two beautiful days, and we had record crowds. Dan Heidi, our engine chairman, along with our announcer, Harold Gay, kept the engineers and their engines busy on the Prony brake, Baker fans, sawing and threshing, along with the parades. In addition to the big engines, we must mention the very nice models of all sizes, old farm machinery, Oil Pulls, and gas tractors and gas engines, also old cars and other old equipment.
Our ladies put on their splendid programs and teas for the ladies that accompany their husbands to our show. Their Hobby-Lobby exhibits was a wonderful thing to see.
I guess I've spouted off enough, but Earnest and I want to express our appreciation and thanks to each and everyone that worked with us to make our reunion a success.