In 1965.

Ray Ernst’s Avery Steam Engine featured on a vintage postcard and the 1965 Old Threshers Reunion button.

Growing up in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the annual Old Threshers Reunion was always a big highlight of our year. My grandmother (Olive Boller) and her brothers were good friends with Ray Ernst, one of the founding members of the reunion.

Ray owned a huge Avery steam-traction threshing machine – the biggest at the show. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, my grandma convinced Ray that her grandson would be in second-heaven if he could sit with Ray as he guided his thresher in the big Cavalcade of Power. A highlight in my life, I’ll never forget!

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