An eyewitness describes some of what he saw at the 1967 Western Minnesota Steam Thresher and Tractor Show.
One of the biggest and best shows was the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion at Tractor Show at Rollag, MN on Sept. 1-2-3-4th 1967. The weather was good and over 8,000 admission buttons were sold. Women and children were free, so the attendance was about 16,000. Some of the improvements this year were the numerous benches around the grounds, the drinking fountains and comfort stations, and the sound system announcing the events. Also new was the free lunch stand for the workers. There were several stands selling refreshments and some church groups serving meals in different buildings.
Some of the largest tractors belonged to Mr. Elmer Larson of Moorhead, MN. He displayed 15 tractors all in good running order. A keener mechanic than Mr. Larson you will not find, and he is always ready to give a helping hand where needed. Other larger tractors displayed were the Big-Four 30 by Mr. R. C. Larson of Moorhead, MN, a 35-70 Minneapolis by Mr. Nilmer Bjorndahl of Moorhead, a Garr-Scott "40" and a Russell Giant 30-60 by Mr. Norman Pross of Luverne, North Dakota, and Aultman-Taylor 30-60 by Mr. Earl Yterler of Wolverton, MN, and a World War I Holt 10-ton Caterpillar by Mr. Laurence Fisch of Barnesville, MN who had a number of smaller tractors also on display.
The Holt 10-ton gives nice stacktalk when Mr. Fisch is at the controls. Mr Fisch is a big booster and helper at the show. We were having a problem lifting a 450 pound radiator into place on the Avery 40-80 tractor when he noticed it and hurried to our assistance with one of his tractors. The front end loader on it lifted the radiator, just like that. We really appreciated it with thanks.
Many smaller tractors were on display. The highest number I noticed was 49 on one of them all in good running order. 15 grain separators, the largest a Buffalo-Pitts Niagara Second with a Perfection Dakota style weigher and Maple-Bay wind stacker owned by Mr. William Hektner of Wahpeton, N. Dak. A large saw mill owned and operated by Mr. Ellsworth Grahn of Vergas, MN, also his lath mill. Of interest was a shingle mill owned and operated by Mr. John Neperud of Wahpeton, N.D. No speed racing nor tug-of-war contests which I consider dangerous and do not like to see put on.