1993 Central States Threshermen's Reunion


| July/August 1994



Dennis Christian

9374 Roosevelt St., Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Though the rains continued through-out the Midwest, it did not dampen the spirit of the reunion. A panorama of excitement and preparation could be seen and felt throughout the show grounds on opening day. The 45th annual reunion of the Central States Threshermen's Reunion began Thursday morning, September 2, 1993. Members were proud to be hosting the 7th J.I. Case Heritage Foundation Expo.

The five-day celebration was well underway and the Case Expo tent was one place to renew old friendships and look over part of the history of the J.I. Case T. M. Company that was on display. Helen Case Brigham, with a host of workers, was on hand to greet members and visitors to the Reunion and Case Expo. Just outside the tent was an eye-catching display of J.I. Case equipment, including gas tractors, related implements, traction engines, cars, etc.

There were other makes and models of gas tractors, other than J.I. Case, all on proud display not far from the Case Expo area.

Among the 38 engines that were at the 45th Reunion were: Dennis Christian's 1893 center crank Case; Graham Sellers' 110 HP Case; Mark Offerman's 60 HP Case; Brian Thompson's 60 HP Case; Jack Oltman's 40 HP Case; Karl Kohling's 75 HP Case; Jim Adams' 80 HP Case; Jerry Sander's 6 HP portable, no engine; Paul & Sue Anderman's 1906 Nichols & Shepard; Bill McChristie's 20 HP Keck-Gonnerman; Tom Runty's 19 HP Port Huron; Vern 'Muggs' Yackley's 20-70 Nichols & Shepard; Greg Hilliard's Nichols & Shepard; Neal Drummer's Port Huron; Dick Smith's 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman; Jim Haley's 18 HP Russell; John Haley's 24 Minneapolis; Doug Wise's 1913 20-60 Rumely; Arland Koop-man's undermount Avery; the Erickson family's undermount Avery; the Haley family half-scale 50 HP Case; Russ Logan & Peanuts, with their Case; Clarence Eltz's scale Case; Fred Badten from Dyer, Indiana was there with his scale Case; Vern L. Neitzke of Swartz Creek, Michigan with his ? scale Case; a scale return flue Avery built in 1952; Smith & Sons built in 1954; Jim Coyle's Keck-Gonnerman; Arlan Koopman's undermount scale Avery; and Steve Farmer and family with their iron.

Participating engineers and engine owners were pleased in having Amos Rixman at the controls of the club's Prony Brake. Mr. Rixman and crew also measured drawbar horsepower over the course of the show. Amos also providing a historical perspective to the days of the threshing crew.