Darke County Association's Reunion


| November/December 1992



4777 Upper Valley Pike Dayton, Ohio 45424

Those who attended the 1992 36th annual Darke County Steam Threshers Association Reunion were not disappointed; there was plenty of rain and a record amount of equipment. The 30 to 35 steam engines came from as far away as central Michigan.

Buzz Nealeigh, the president had his officers and trustees taking care of every detail. Kim Besecker, vice president, made certain the steam engines were putting on a fine show. As an added attraction, people could see flues being put in Dave Kemler's 30 HP Advance engine. Floyd Seman furnished the wheat from his farm for threshing. The beautiful 6 HP Advance demonstrated its power on the belt. The Holps have long been a part of this show, and Harold brought his 20 HP and 16 HP Advance and Johnny Holp kept his 20 HP Advance busy.

At these shows one can see some wonderful creations by highly skilled craftsmen. Ted Wiant was there from Laura, Ohio, with his half scale Case roller which he built, boiler and all, except gauges. It took him five months. He also had a tank wagon, box bed wagon and thresher all half scale and beautiful.

The rain didn't interfere with the activities and thousands of people came through the gates. Cockshutt tractors and equipment were featured and this brought out 46 of these tractors. Ernest Poeppelman, long known for his beautifully restored Cockshutt tractors, volunteered to be the host and he did a fine job assigning spots for displays and welcoming the people. I appreciated his putting my Wheatland Cockshutts 550, 560, and Super 570 in front of the hospitality tent. That was the first time people had seen tractors like these to gether. Jeff and Opie Gravert brought their Cockshutt 20 from Central City, Nebraska. Of course, Bob and Anna May Schwaduer were kept busy answering questions since they had a dealership many years and are very knowledgeable.

One has to be a dedicated collector to bring five tractors from the Louisville area, and that is what Paul Schnieder of Coryden, Indiana, did. There were those who tried to buy a rare Golden Arrow from Gary Bader, Marion, Ohio, since he has two.