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.
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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 its first 50 plus years, the Old Threshers Reunion has grown to be recognized as the largest event of its kind in the country. People visit from every state in the union and numerous foreign countries. Visitor's number around 50,000 each year at the 5 day event always ending on Labor Day. The original show was presented on the fairgrounds but has grown to cover more than 180 acres.
2017 Board of Directors
Back Row: Chris Heaton, Ron Carver, Bob Welander, Robert Myers, Bob Gerdes, & Ralph Oliver
Front Row: Jeremy Hobbs, Bob Gilchrist, Dan Wistrom, George Alt, Rich Seberg & Alan Buckert
|GATE ADMISSION||Rich Seberg|
|ANTIQUE CARS & TRUCKS||Ron Carver|
|CAMPGROUND||Robert Myers, Bob Welander|
|MIDWEST ELECTRIC RAILWAY||Jeremy Hobbs, Chris Heaton|
|ANTIQUES & CRAFTS||Old Threshers Staff|
|FOOD OPERATIONS||Old Threshers Staff|
|HORSE OPERATIONS||Dan Wistrom|
|GAS ENGINES||George Alt|
|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
Chief Executive Officer
Marketing and Public Relations
Maintenance and Restoration
Executive Director of Development