Ohio Meets Indiana in Minnesota

| December/January 1985

  • Bill Schawb
    Bill Schawb with rare engine made by Booher Machine Works, Dayton, Ohio at Miami Valley show last July.
  • Jack Maple and Robert Hecker
    Jack Maple, left, and Robert Hecker in front of Big Four '30' tractor, at WMSTR reunion, September 1, 1985.

  • Bill Schawb
  • Jack Maple and Robert Hecker

13 W. Plum St. Tipp City, Ohio 45371

This year I had the opportunity to visit Minnesota and attend the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Inc. at Rollag.

My son, who lives in Minneapolis, and I arose early on Saturday morning around 6:15 a.m., drank a couple of cups of coffee, and 'chopped' into some cinnamon rolls. Feeling much awake by then, we packed up and headed for Rollag. The weather, being heavily overcast and raining lightly now and then, took away some of the enjoyment on such a trip. But we didn't become discouraged. We kept telling each other 'it'll be better in Rollag.'

After a few road stops and turn-offs to visit some of the towns on the way, we finally arrived in Rollag. Yes, it was raining and still overcast there, too. But we didn't mind this at all, as our enthusiasm voided the weather.

As we entered the gate, I was amazed at the sight of all the steam engines neatly parked in a row, and most of them smoking and ready to be belted up to something, or to just display themselves. We headed up the hill, and what a beautiful view, looking out over all those gas tractors to the big fields beyond! I told my son then that we were not going to be able to see everything that afternoon, and he agreed.

We left that evening to see if we could find a motel to stay at for the night. We did luck out, so now I can say I have been to Dilworth, Minnesota also. We arose early Sunday morning and headed back to Rollag, and to our surprise cars were lined up to get into the parking lot. Once inside the gates again, we continued on where we left off the day before.


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