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.