| November/December 1967

  • Alco engine
    Courtesy of Carl O. H. Neitzel, Rt. 5, Box 244, Port Orchard, Washington 98366
    Carl O. H. Neitzel

  • Alco engine

R. R. 1, Muscatine, Ia. 52761

I am a new subscriber and enjoy your magazine very much. I thought you and your readers might like to hear about a visit I made to the Midwest Old Settlers' and Threashers' Reunion At Mount Pleasant, Iowa, last Sept.

This is billed as the largest show of it's kind in the U.S.A. and once you see it you understand why.

There were close to fifty old steam engines of all sizes, from the huge under mounted engine models to the tiny three foot high one made entirely of brass and hand built by the owner. One steamer was operating a veneer machine turning out foot after foot of unbroken veneer. O small upright engine ran the merry go round.

The circumference of the show ground is about three miles, and is surrounded by a railroad track. An old time Western train operates on this track and is complete with the old water tank and depot. There was another old locomotive operating there and an old loggers' steamer that was not running.

The gasoline tractors and engines were well represented too. There were the Rumley, Fordson, Hart-Parr, and many others up to and including the huge Oil Pull. There was also a Happy Farmer, operating perfectly. The one I enjoyed most was a tractor introduced to the fanner at the time many horses were still in use. The operator road a cart behind the tractor, holding a pair of leather reins in his hands the same as with horses. The other end of the reins were attached to an upright post on the tractor, as long as this post was upright the tractor was in neutral, allowing the post to go forward put the tractor in forward motion, pull it back beyond center it reversed, and pulling either rein separately turned either right or left.