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


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it was rumored my grate granddad John Southard ( Steam Engine John ) was at that show a lot as well.
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Beth, Any luck in finding the original photos of Port Huron Company advertising. Would be nice if we would be able to get copies. Also where is the Port Huron model engine. WaltM
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Ben;
I enjoyed your great grandpa, John. He would come with Harry Woodmansee and John Schrock to George Hedtke's show in Northern Illinois. He did lots of tricks in his old age. One was lying down and letting a tractor run over him, but someone said he got an elbow injured doing that once.
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Beth, Any luck in finding the original photos of Port Huron Company advertising. Would be nice if we would be able to get copies. Also where is the Port Huron model engine. WaltM
Walt,

Sadly, no on both counts. I've heard that the model is in hiding somewhere--sure wish it was at my house!

I'll be looking for you!

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I enjoyed your great grandpa, John. He would come with Harry Woodmansee and John Schrock to George Hedtke's show in Northern Illinois. He did lots of tricks in his old age. One was lying down and letting a tractor run over him, but someone said he got an elbow injured doing that once.
you are so right I have tones of stories for Larry Mitchell before he passed the things I could tell. yes he ( John ) was in Allendale with the Port that he had now owned by another family on here. he got it the front wheel got him about a inch fro his elbow tied him up for a good year my step great grandmother was not too happy and john and the crew went to west to a show John came home with a lot of stuff for that Port he got home and NO PORT she was lucky she lived threw that one. She sold it to a man near the Allendale show what a mess then it would be a nother 4 to 5 years before he got his last two engines a 20x70nick that he showed at the Allegan fair and a 16x60 double Nick that he and Melvin Lugton and Larry and Harry were putting back together john never got the 16 done he passed it was sold at auction and I was informed that when it got home with in 90 days it was running he kept it a few years and then sold it to a guy in Indiana I have talked to his wife a lot but I cant get him to call me or can I catch him.. so to be so long love the old stories about shows and our showmen of the past and present
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Default Re: 75 Years of Memories for National Threshers Association June 27-30, 2019

Beth, Where have the last 25 years gone, anyway? That was a muddy show, but I had a blast there anyway. I remember getting Harry Woodmansee out of Bernie's pickup. He needed to relieve himself so bad. He was grumbling about Bernie being at the "tailgate" party (with John, Graham, Vic, Billy, etc.) and forgetting his needs. Since I'm the same age+ as NTA, it sure brings back memories. My flight home beside Austin Monk topped it off. Memories.... Gary

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My Grandpa and Dad attended the second show . They had to work so that is why they missed the first show.
My Grandpa attended every show from then until his death in 1970. He was a charter member. My Dad attended every show from then on until his health didn't allow him to go anymore in 1998. Never knew why my dad wasn't a charter member also and a life time member.
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Ben;
You mention Larry Mitchell. He also came with your Great grandpa and Harry & Schrock. One time Larry, with no front teeth, was hung over but he was hand feeding the Case driven by 12 horses on the Dingee Woodbury. He had the band knife, a stick with a sickle section on the end, and he cut his hand real bad right between the thumb and the forefinger. George hedtke really tore into him about being drunk!
Harry could really do some tricks blindfolded on a steam engine. Vincent Duitche (sawyer) and Justin Hingeton (Lamot Iowa Show) also came and we really had a bunch going in the good old days!
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I remember Vincent fired Justinís 110 skid engine at his saw mill. He also liked his beverage. One year at the Maquoketa show when he had a bit much to drink he spent the night in the straw stack instead of going home. It may have been Justinís idea. I can not remember.

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Lucille Blaker's Obituary:

Lucile K. Strong, daughter of George and Henrietta (Whitney) Strong, was born 9 July 1892, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. She married Roy Webster Pryer 22 December 1914, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan. Roy, son of William H. and Margaret Elizabeth (Wooden) Pryer, was born 7 January 1889, Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska. Roy attended and graduated from the University of Michigan with a doctorate degree in Public Health.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Wednesday 2 December 1936

DR. ROY W. PRYER

Funeral services for Dr. Roy W. Pryer, assistant director of the Michigan State Laboratory at Lansing, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portland, Mich.

Dr. Pryer, who died Monday at his home in Portland, had been active in public health work in Michigan for many years. For 12 years he was laboratory director of the Detroit Board of Health and he served in the World War as a captain in the Sanitary Corps. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and was one of the first men to receive the degree of Doctor of Public Health from that institution.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Margretta, and a son, William.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday 19 May 1940

SCHOOL HEAD AT PALO TO TAKE POST AT BATH

Portland, May 18 - Mrs. Lucile Pryer of Portland, for the past two years principal of Palo high school, will teach English next year at the James Couzens high school at Bath.

The family will move to East Lansing where Mrs. Pryer's daughter, Margretta, is a junior at Michigan State college and where her son, William, will enroll as a freshman.

Lucile was listed in the Lansing, Michigan city directory of 1945 as a widow and teacher Okemos High School. Her address was 240 Kedzie Drive, East Lansing.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Thursday 29 August 1946

The high school teachers are as follows: Mabel Anderson, Home economics; Mrs. Edith Bearup, English and history; Mrs. Joy Clemow, commercial; Mrs. Ruth Kelly, mathematics; Merwin Monroe, agriculture and shop; Mrs. Lucile Pryer, history and librarian; George Richards, athletics and biology; Christina Schram, speech and science, and Edward L. Murdock, superintendent.

Lucile remarried 27 November 1947 in East Lansing, Ingham County Leroy Windsor Blaker. Leroy, a widower, was the son of Franklin and Emma (Springer) Blaker. He was born 7 January 1889 in Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska. He had 1st married Ola Winzeler 24 January 1912 in Fulton County, Ohio. Ola, born 1888 in Ohio, died 1943 in Ohio. World War I Draft Registration, 5 June 1917, recorded Leroy self employed as a farmer in Hillsdale, Michigan. He was described as medium height, slender with blue eyes and brown hair. Leroy and Ola had 3 children.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Friday 28 November 1947

EAST LANSING WOMAN WED ON THANKSGIVING

McCune Chapel, Peoples church, East Lansing, was the scene of the wedding Thanksgiving morning of Mrs. Lucile S. Pryer, 240 Kedzie drive, East Lansing, and Leroy W. Blaker of Alvordton, O. The double ring ceremony was performed by Dr. N. A. McCune in the presence of 50 guests.

Mrs. Blaker wore a wine colored suit with gray accessories and a corsage of rubrum lilies. Organ music was played by Mrs. l. B. Sholl. Guests were seated by Gerald Blaker of Hudson and Walter J. Rummel of Sebewaing.

At the reception which followed, coffee was poured by Mrs. William H. Creaser of Huntington Woods. The table was centered with a cornucopia filled with chrysanthemums and heather in wine and lavender shades, flanked by blending tapers. Assisting were Mrs. Walter J. Rummel, Mrs. William S. Pryer and Miss Moira Creaser.

The newlyweds left on a wedding trip through the Cumberland mountains. Mrs. Blaker will complete the year as teacher of English and Latin in Okemos high school after which she will join Mr. Blaker in Ohio.

Numerous showers were given for the bride by the faculty and school board members and by the senior and sophomore girls of Okemos high school.

Lucile died 6 January 1973 in Fulton County, Ohio. She was interred with her first husband, Roy Pryer, in Danby Cemetery, Ionia County, Michigan.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday 7 January 1973

LUCILE BLAKER

PORTLAND - Mrs. Lucile Blaker, 80, a former Portland resident, died Saturday in Alvordton, Ohio. She formerly taught school in the Okemos area.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy; a son, William Pryor of Portland; and a daughter, Mrs. Margretta Rummel of Sebewaing.

Services will be held in the United Methodist Church at Fayette, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Graveside rites will follow at 2 p.m. in Danby Cemetery near Portland.

Leroy passed away 19 August 1975, Williams County, Ohio.
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Is anyone able to view any pages past the 4th page? I know there were more here earlier but something changed..might email me if it is just on my end.
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No pages appear to be missing.

For anyone interested, the Spring Potluck is tomorrow @ 12:30 in the Junior Fair Building on the North side of the Fulton Co Fairgrounds. It's always a good meal. 75th merchandise will be available as well as memberships and camping.

The Director's Meeting is held after the potluck. All members are invited. If you have ideas, questions, etc, it is a good venue to relay.

We are just about 2 months away.
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Thanks Beth..I found out all is well..operator at fault
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Let's try this scan. This 1959 Steam-O-Gram belonged to my father,Lawrence Gaertner, who inherited it from Albert Brandt of Red Bud,Illinois. Mr. Brandt apparently attended the National Threshers Reunion in 1958 and Mrs. Leroy Blaker sent Al this Steam-O-Gram for the 1959 reunion. Port Huron engines were featured for 1959.

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Here's my "haul" from the Spring Potluck. Two posters; membership badge, card and wrist band; hat pin; watch fob; and the 75th Anniversary Album.

The Album is absolutely phenomenal. Shawn Zuver and Steve Lashaway headed up the project. It is 123 pages of history and photos. Many thanks to all who provided photos, programs and Steam-O-Grams. Brad Kelley, your collection is wonderful-(your photo of Blaker with my Port Huron is on the badge.)

Over the 75 years, NTA has had 6 Presidents: Leroy Blaker 1948-1970;. Earnest Hoffer 1970-1978; Marvin Brodbeck 1978-2003; David Schramm 2003-2011; Steve Lashaway 2011-2017; and Dennis Rupert 2017-.

Special 75th items include the Anniversary Album, t-shirts, denim, 2 watch fobs, hat pins, koozi, insulated cups, hats, and panoramic reprints of the 1948 and 1950 pictures. We are looking for any and all who attended the show at the Blaker's farm. They will be recognized Saturday before the parade.

Obviously, I'm biased and excited. Leafing through the Album takes me back over the years. The history is amazing. I know what it takes to put the show on since the early 70's. It was quite the feat in the 40's and 50's. Folks came from very long distances.
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Dad and I are happy that we were able to contribute! We plan to travel to Wauseon on Thursday of the show. I assume the 75th Album will be a limited print, but hopefully there will be plenty in supply for us to buy one or two Thursday or Friday? Looking forward to it!
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500 were printed. 50 sold on Sunday. 450 left for the show.

I just might have to purchase a second one
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What's the show dates this year?
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Always the last full weekend in June
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Look at the headline. June 27-30, 2019
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