COMING CONVENTION

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Courtesy of Mrs. Leo Turley, Route 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641
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Courtesy of Mr. R. C. Bassetste, Rt. 2, Box 43, Orofino, Idaho 83544

Publicity Chairman, Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Assoc,
Route 4, Mt. Pleasant, la.52641

Shown are a few of the 108 gas engines that were displayed and
many in operating condition at the 1967 Midwest Old Settlers and
Threshers Reunion. This fall they will be seen shelling corn,
running a grist mill, sawing wood and lumber, pumping water and
running an old-time washing machine. Dates of the show are August
29th through September 2nd.

The National Convention of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor
Association will be held in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on Saturday evening,
August 31st, in conjunction with the nineteenth annual Reunion of
the Midwest Old settlers and Threshers.

At the 1967 Renunion, the Iowa Chapter of the Early Day Gas
Engine and Tractor Association supervised the gas engine show which
had 108 engines exhibited, with very few duplications. A high
percentage of the engines were in running order, and many were
brought for the exhibit from a wide area of the midwest.

The Iowa Chapter will again supervise the 1968 show. This year
the group expects to have some activity using the engines, such as
shelling corn, running a grist mill, sawing lumber, pumping water
and running an old-time washing machine.

The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant
is one of the largest shows of its kind in the United States. It
runs for five days each year, beginning the Thursday before Labor
Day. It annually hosts more than 200,000 visitors. Last year
visitors registered from 45 states and 17 foreign countries.

The show began in 1950 at Mt. Pleasant with a small group of
farmers interested in preserving the neighborliness and
agricultural method of the Midwest Frontier.

Here visitors find activity everywhere in the form of operating
sawmills, threshing machines, steam engines, gas engines,
horsepower demonstrations, unique antique cars numbering
approximately 100, a midwest village bubbling with activity and
entertainment, and a narrow-gauge railroad that hauls loads of
passengers around the mile-long track.

Those persons wishing further information about the National
Annual Meeting of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association,
Inc., may write to Richard A. Wigim, Secretary, Branch No. 8, Early
Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Route 2, Box 138, West
Liberty, Iowa 52776.

Visitors coming to the Reunion this fall will find larger and
improved camping grounds and many will be camping throughout the
full period of five days. ‘Fly-ins’ have been planned for
Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st, by District I of
the Iowa Flying Farmers.

A picture of R. C. Bassette, age 21, with his father’s 30-60
Rumely Oil Pull which is in the belt. Notice the old Model T Ford
in right background which we used to haul water and fuel to the
30-60 Rumely.

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