613 8th Avenue, Charles City, Iowa 50616
The Cedar Valley Engine Club of Charles City, Iowa held their Annual Threshers' Reunion on August 30 and 31 and September 1 of 1975. It was the best show they ever had and was well attended. The feature attractions this past year were honoring the Hart and Parr families and the 75th anniversary of tractor manufacturing in Charles City by the Oliver Corporation and White Farm Equipment.
It was in 1901 that Charles Hart and Charles Parr built the first successful gasoline tractor. On Sunday, August 31, Congressman Grassly, plant manager Robert Fuller, and Mayor Leo Schula of Charles City, all paid tribute in a short program to honor the Hart and Parr families. We were honored to have Charles Hart's family from Montana at the show to take part in the program along with nieces and nephews from Charles City.
We threshed 30 acres of oats, sawed several thousand feet of lumber, and made many cedar shingles which were given away as souvenirs.
The event boasted a wide variety of tractors. White Farm Equipment here in Charles City gave us a great deal of help with the show. We had Hart and Parr tractors from a 1913 30-60 to four of White's new 1975 models on display. Our steam engines are a Rumely, a Nichols and Shepherd in the 100 H.P. class, two Cases, a Port Huron, and a Reeves in the 60 to 80 H.P. class, and a Minneapolis. We also have a high wheel Reeves which is a rare engine, a scale model of a Case, and an under-mounted Avery. In addition, there were several hundred gas engines from a 16 H.P. Lennox on down, and lots of gas tractors of which some are rare tractors. On Sunday August 31, the Mason City Car Club was over with their antique cars.
Our Commemorative plate this year features the Hart Parr No. 1, a 1913 30-60, a 1926 18-36, a 1932 18-27, a 1948 88, a 1960 1850, and in the center a White 4-180 Field Boss. On the back is some history of the Hart Parr tractor.
It is an honor to be living in Charles City, the birth place of the farm tractor. We are hoping for a bigger and better show over the Labor Day weekend in 1976 and we hope to see many of you then.