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75 Years of Memories for National Threshers Association June 27-30, 2019


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Default Re: 75 Years of Memories for National Threshers Association June 27-30, 2019

Thanks Brad! That is one of the few photos I have seen of Blaker in bibs--is he wearing a tie also? He definitely looks proud of 7948!

You will have to take your Dad for a spin on 7948 to see if Blaker would be proud.
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This is a little history about blaker in an article he wrote in the American Thresherman in 1918.

"Enclosed you will find a photo of myself and my 10-horse power Nichols & Shepard steam traction engine. I rebuilt this last year and re-set the flues and it is practically as good as new; the boiler and smoke box are in excellent condition. I have belted this engine up to nearly everything from a No. 1 Clipper mill to the largest size I. H. C. silage cutter. I also had it belted up for several hours to a 30x46 Russell separator with self-feeder and wind stacker. It could take the stretch out of a new seven-inch belt
all right, but we could not feed the machine very fast on account of the new belt slipping. I pulled a No. 4 Owens bean thresher with blower and bagger about one week last fall, and a No. 1 Rosenthal corn husker about two weeks. I have a No. 9 Letz feed grinder and do my grinding with it now. Last summer I had a 16-horse power D. June & Co. steam traction engine and one of my neighbors had a 30x46 Russell separator and we threshed together and had a good run. I have traded this 16-horse power engine to the Port Huron agent for a secondhand 16-horse power compound engine and 33x54 separator. When I am threshing this summer I will take a picture of my rig and send it to you. I wish more of the readers of this magazine would send pictures of their outfits and tell all about them as I enjoy reading the letters very much. There are a few OilPulls around here that are giving good satisfaction. I am just a young farmer living on my mother's farm of eighty acres. I have a wife and three children and think the farm is the only place for me, as I like farming and find a little time to do my repairing, too. I have a little shop with all the tools I need, including a large wood turning lathe, drills of all sizes to fit it, emery wheel and rip saw.

LeRoy W. Blaker.

Hudson, Mich."

I have also run across a later article by him in the 20's I will have to find. The Rumley picture is from that article.

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Thanks for the article. I am intrigued by the line that he has a wife and THREE children. I knew his daughter Donna Goshorn, but I've never heard about the other two? Does anyone have any details about them?

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If I recall, he had 2 different wives, first one passed on and he remarried? Folks rarely divorced in those days. In 1918 he had 3 kids, they would have been older than my folks. Those would have been on their own, raising their own family by the time the reunions started. The later one , a step child, Lucile's from a former marriage? Anyone have access to his or Lucile's obituary, that might have more details.
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Correct. Lucille was #2.

I guess, I have some research to do!
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Default Re: 75 Years of Memories for National Threshers Association June 27-30, 2019

Beth,
I don't know if I've ever shared this on photo Stak before, but I think you'll like seeing it here.
Dad and I are looking at his slides now. We have about a dozen photos from Blaker's farm.
I have a little bit better quality scan of this photo, it's lighter and brighter, but the photo shop cropped off some of the top and sides of the house.
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What became of the Blaker farm? Did his children inherit? Is the wheel displayed, still there? I have lots of questions but as always fewer answers! The dedication of that wheel and plaque was also the cover picture on IMA at the time.
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Brad & Frank,

Thank you for the wheel photo! We are missing that from the collection. Joe Fahnestock & Leo Clark took a lot of the photos which were submitted to the magazines. We are still searching for them which is why your submissions are so appreciated!

Philip aka Ask the User can provide more info on the fate of the farm. The farm was sold and the Cox's owned that last I knew. They'd removed the plaque from the wheel for fear it would be stolen. They'd put a sign "The Cox's" on it. Several years ago they contacted NTA to see if they wished to purchase it. Absolutely. The wheel has been restored (painted and missing spokes replaced) and is displayed each year at the show. The guys built a nice base for it. It looks much better with the spokes replaced.

I look forward to more photos!

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It might help to include the website information: www.NationalThreshers.com

Lots of photos there.
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I was at the 50th show. I am sure I recall Mr. C. Searson with his Sawyer Massey belted up to Mr. Weaver's sawmill on an island out on the grounds.
It was not my first time there. I stayed with friends on a farm north of West Unity. It was my understanding that the farm was the site of the early shows. The house in the pictures above looks familiar. If it is the same one, I have slept upstairs and enjoyed home made ice cream on the front porch a number of times! The father of the house now owns Percy Sherman's old 25 Russell. Back then, he was just a big skinny kid with some Massey tractors!
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No sign of Joe Fahnestock or Leo Clark originals, but Fred Saunders and Brad Kelley stepped up to the plate with some wonderful photos!

Fred allowed me to copy the original 1961 Economy Run Results-many have seen these, but here they are again. Blaker's comments are fun and might just be a wee bit biased...



He also provided this wonderful photo from 1960. I can identify: Raymond Fork; Mrs & Mr Wright; Jack Limmer; and Dean Saunders. Who else can be identified? Blaker may be behind Raymond, but he looks different without his hat...as do many of the white foreheaded men.

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Brad Kelley was kind enough to share his Father's collection from 1958-1960.

The first two are John Holp Jr on his Father's Advance at 5 yrs old. The next is Louis David's 40 hp Avery (sold to John Edris who tore it apart and then to Tom Graham who did a fine restoration on it.) Baker Steam Tractor-I don't know if it belongs to the Henry Ford Museum or it is the one Jerred Ruble owns? 24 Greyhound owned by John Brite and Harold Gay (now owned by Craig Detwiler.) Finally, we have AH Shear's beautiful Case Roller (now owned by Ted Best in FL.)
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Default Re: 75 Years of Memories for National Threshers Association June 27-30, 2019

Following this thread got me thinking about an old picture that my dad used to own. It was a panoramic black and white photo taken when the show was at Alvordton. I'm going to guess it was 18" long or so and always hung in our dining room when I was growing up. I think he sold it about 25 years ago either at the Portland, IN show or possibly at one of the last Darke County shows held at the fairgrounds. Just curious if it ended up in the collection of someone on the Stak?
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The next is Louis David's 40 hp Avery (sold to John Edris who tore it apart and then to Tom Graham who did a fine restoration on it.)
Beth, Do you have any information on the other Avery in the picture?
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Steve.

I can only guess that it is Louie's other Avery. My programs and SOG's are with the committee, so I can't look it up.

I attached a picture from 1970 of Earl Davison's 20 Avery. The second is on Brad's photos from 1960 which I think is Louie David's.
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Anyone have photos of Gilbert "Gib" Enders and his mighty 30 Case sn 33518 at the early NTA reunions? I've been putting together a photo history and some at NTA would be great to include. Thanks.

We had it there for the 2014 Case Expo, which was the first time back at the reunion in at least 50 years if I had to guess.
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Anyone have photos of Gilbert "Gib" Enders and his mighty 30 Case sn 33518 at the early NTA reunions? I've been putting together a photo history and some at NTA would be great to include. Thanks.

We had it there for the 2014 Case Expo, which was the first time back at the reunion in at least 50 years if I had to guess.
These are all I have. I don't have details on who the first two belong, but the third is Frank Miller's 80 hp Case. I thought I had one of the little Case pulling the portable from Brad Kelley.
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I don't know Cases very well, but if the first picture is a 9 hp, it could be Dan Heidl.
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I tagged it as Dan's. I think Jr Christian owns it now.
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If that's the one with nickel plating on the governor balls and stuff I'm pretty sure its owned by someone around Holmes County.
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