1990 Thresherman's Reunion

Austin, Manitoba, Canada

| July/August 1991

661 19 Street Brandon, Manitoba, Canada R7B 1K

The sun shone, the clouds and wind were gentle, helping to provide perfect weather for the four day event. Huge crowds took advantage of this festive occasion to roam the grounds, examine exhibits and watch the parade of antique equipment each day.

Over five thousand people, ranging from antique equipment buffs through the mildly curious, from centenarians who had cut their teeth on equipment of this genre to babes in carriages, thronged the grounds daily to reminisce and to see implements at work that, once common, can now only be seen here. Seven hundred dedicated volunteers greased bearings, stoked fire boxes and kept hundreds of pieces of antique equipment running like new.

The highlight of each day's activities was the Grand Parade past the grandstand. Leading off were the ponies and draft horses, the brightest star of this section being a hitch of six matched white mules pulling a fully restored 1880's stage coach. The parade followed in roughly chronological order; following the horses were the steam tractors with old threshing machines, huge gas tractors from the early 1900's, antique cars and trucks and, bringing up the rear, a monster eight wheel drive, 600 HP Versatile tractor.

The steam tractors made their usual great impression on the packed grandstand. Each spoke with a clear shrill voice as it passed the stand, and received a spontaneous ovation from the enthusiastic crowd. The most glamorous unit was the big old Case 110, with its power steering and enormous size. Other steamers included other models of Case, George White, Rumely, Sawyer Massey, Cock of the North and numerous others. The George White steamer was manufactured in Brandon, Manitoba, only 50 miles from the site of the museum.

The gas and oil tractors pulled their share of attention. There were huge tractors from the early 1900's; an English Marshall, probably the largest, dwarfed some of the others. There were Hart Parr, Rumely Oil Pull, Case, Moguls, Titan, Waterloo Boy, Happy Farmer, Grey, Wallis, Eagle and almost any other make you can name.


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