THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL CENTRAL STATES THRESHERMEN'S REUNION

Held August 28, 29, 30 and 31 and September 1, 1975 At Pontiac, Illinois

| September/October 1976

  • Beckemeyers engine
    Here is ''Herb'' Beckemeyer's engine as it looked after elaborate decoration on one dark night at the Pontiac, Illinois Show in .1975. It didn't detract from the regal look of a Baker Engine well restored.
  • Jumbo Steamer
    This man in his kid gloves and derby hat, with his 1934 immaculate Jumbo Steamer, is Joe Graziana from the American Threshermen Group, displaying his engine at the Pontiac Show in 1975. The look of innocence on his face proves he could not be guilty of th
  • 18 HP engine
    Clarence Koopman operated this 18 HP, 1908, Undermount Avery in the parade at Pontiac, Illinois in 1975. This fine engine is owned by Arlen Koopman. Engineer Clarence and Arlen both live at Flanagan, Illinois.
  • Beckemeyer
    Pontiac President ''Herb'' Beckemeyer with his fine Baker belted to the sawmill at Pontiac, Illinois 1975.
  • American Thresher-men
    Pictured left to right the officer group of the ''American Thresher-men, Inc.'' are George Bahre, Wib Stienkamp, William Douglas, Edward Jansen (President), Rudy Lilliankamp and Joe Graziana. The beautiful Low-Boy Semi-Truck and trailer shown is the prope
  • Nichols & Shepard Model
    Carter Dalton of Ambia, Indiana sits proudly on his 1/3 scale Nichols & Shepard Model. Standing is one of his grandson, a budding engineer. Carter is plus 80 years young and the spryest man at the show. He refers to his fine family as ''The Dalton Gang.''
  • Sawyer at the Pontiac Showg
    Ray Dye of Deedsville, Indiana was the sawyer at the Pontiac Show in 1975. This is not new to Ray who has had his own sawmill for many years. Ray gave a good professional account of himself at this show.
  • 1975 Pontiac Show
    Ollie and Mrs. Kneppcr go to more shows than anyone else I know. They ably represent Iron-Men Album, Gas Engine Magazine and offer a wide variety of instruction manuals, books, fobs, caps etc. All are related to the interests of the growing group of gas a
  • 2 toy steam engines
    The young folks are the hope of the future to perpetuate the Steam and Gas Engine Shows. Left to right are: Tom Gill, 12461 South Tripp Street, Alsip, Illinois 60658 and Tom McNabb, 507 South Walnut Street, Bondville, Illinois 61815. They are showing thei

  • Beckemeyers engine
  • Jumbo Steamer
  • 18 HP engine
  • Beckemeyer
  • American Thresher-men
  • Nichols & Shepard Model
  • Sawyer at the Pontiac Showg
  • 1975 Pontiac Show
  • 2 toy steam engines

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No reunion can endure year after year without having something worthwhile to occupy the exhibitors and spectators. This show had it and some to spare. My wife said to me about a month ahead of time, 'we should be sure to plan for the Pontiac Show.' I agreed happily.

We were met on the grounds by a group of congenial people at the gate. After some discussion, we were told to look up Mr. Brinkman to let him show us where to park. He not only showed us the spot, but he helped us back into the space. He cared!

It promptly began to rain, but believe me it was good to be there, rain or shine. This time was used to visit and just enjoy the country. The rain dampened everything but our spirits. The Horse Show was postponed until Monday. Instead of the Horse Show that rainy evening, the folks gathered to hear a show put on my volunteers on the grounds. These folks really could and did entertain. I mention this especially since it was local talent giving an impromptu performance to avoid disappointment for a great many folks.



There were professional groups on other nites as programmed.

It would take many pages to list the attractions, not the least of which was the extensive Flea Market. Many women would not have come, had not the market been there. There were many items reasonably priced for both men and women, to say nothing of the many things for the younger set. I find that most successful shows try to have something for everyone. Pontiac was no exception in my opinion.