THE PEOPLE

Seat: Robert Willits, Ray Ernst, Herman Elgar,
Standing: Joe Ruby, Clark Everts, Ray Vorhies, W.E. Detrick, Milo Mathews
Not Pictured: Frank Johnson

 

Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association (MOSTA) was founded in 1950. The original idea to form Midwest Old Threshers Association, a non-profit organization, came from a discussion between Clark Everts, W.E. (Ted) Detrick, Ray H. Ernst and Herman E. Elgar in September 1949. The four were returning from the Zehr Threshing Reunion in Pontiac, Illinois. Considering the many Steam Engines and Separators in Henry County, Iowa, the men decided there was a great potential to host a Threshing Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

After several winter meetings, the election of a Board of Directors and lengthy discussions about a Mt. Pleasant event, the Association was chartered on August 21, 1950 and the first Reunion was held September 20 - 21, 1950. The records show that 15 Steam Engines and 8 Separators were exhibited with an estimated 10,000 people attending the first Reunion.

First Invite
First Program
1951 Flyer

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MOSTA CREED

“Knowing from experience that each generation enjoys a clean, wholesome gathering of an educational and historic nature such as ours, the Association hopes to always keep the gatherings like this, where we can meet and harvest the golden memories of yesteryear and pause in our daily tasks each year to visit and relax, always with a thought in doing so to improve the future harvest of good fellowship and citizenship.”
Written by Herman E. Elgar, 1951

In it’s first 50 plus years, the Old Threshers Reunion has grown to be recognized as the largest event of it’s kind in the country. People visit from every state in the union as well as numerous foreign countries. Visitors number around 35,000 to 40,000 each year at the 5 day event that traditionally ends on Labor Day. The original show was presented on the fairgrounds but has grown to cover more than 150 acres.

 

Back Row: Rich Seberg, Robert Myers, Bob Gerdes, & Bob Welander

Front Row: Ralph Oliver, Alan Buckert, Jeremy Hobbs, Bob Gilchrist, Carl Thompson, Ron Carver, & Dan Wistrom

Not Pictured: Chris Heaton

GATE ADMISSION Rich Seberg
ANTIQUE CARS & TRUCKS Ron Carver
CAMPGROUND Robert Myers, Bob Welander
MIDWEST ELECTRIC RAILWAY Jeremy Hobbs, Chris Heaton
CAROUSEL Bob Gerdes
ANTIQUES & CRAFTS Old Threshers Staff
ENTERTAINMENT Dan Wistrom
FOOD OPERATIONS Old Threshers Staff
HORSE OPERATIONS Dan Wistrom
GAS ENGINES Carl Thompson
TRACTOR AREA Alan Buckert, Ralph Oliver
TRACTION STEAM Chris Heaton, Bob Gilchrist
STATIONARY STEAM Ralph Oliver
LOG VILLAGE Bob Welander
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS Chris Heaton
NORTH VILLAGE Rich Seberg, Bob Gerdes
HERITAGE MUSEUMS Bob Gerdes & Bob Welander

 

Midwest Central Railroad

MOSTA/MCRR LIASON: Matt Crull (MCRR Preisident)

   

The Old Threshers Staff



Terry McWilliams
Chief Executive Officer

Grant Davidson
Marketing and Public Relations

Larry Anderson
Maintenance and Restoration

Alan Huisinga
Executive Director of Development

Lea Cardoni
Bookkeeper

Julie Scott
Administrative Assistant

Kat Zeglen
Administrative Assistant

Kirsten Heerdt
Threshers Chaff

 

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