Farmer's Day Fete


By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

People came from miles around to watch the Farmer's Day parade. Allen Alber and L. Dean Sodt headed a willing committee which worked for weeks rounding up farm equipment worthy of this parade which started at the K & W Farm Supply at the north village limits. It continued along Ann Arbor Street to Main Street and ended at the E. G. Mann & Sons Warehouse on Union Street.

There were real museum pieces which had been assembled from the four townships surrounding Manchester. Alber and Sodt are members of the SoBer Chapter of Brothers of the Brush. The name combines part of their names.

Four township supervisors, Clayton Parr, Manchester; Russell Fuller, Sharon; Russell Hughes, Bridgewater and J. C. Miller, Freedom, representing the form of government known a century ago, rode in a surrey at the head of the parade.

Household paraphernalia, long outmoded, from churns to washing machines and clothes boilers gave onlookers a glimpse of "The Good Old Days."

There was smiling Centennial Queen, Vicki Roberts and her court waving to the people along the streets. Many were in centennial costumes and the whole effect was most colorful. There were American Flags flying in front of every place along Main Street and the business houses on the side streets.

There were horses and buggies and a few old time floats. And there was the covered wooden wheeled lumber wagon with hand carved wooden hoops holding the canvas top. Herb Jacob, who owns the antique is proud that the hoops are of wood and not steel. Other displays include a one-horse wooden-frame cultivator, a walking plow and cradle, used a century ago to clip off the grain.

A pitch fork, with a handle long enough to toss the hay high on the stack, was something to behold. The reaper, forerunner of the grain binder, and pulled by horses, had a place in the line-up of tools of bygone days. The chugging old steam engine and separator' added color to the moving spectacle.

The caravan stopped at the E. G. Mann Warehouse, an historical spot. There some of the machinery was put in operation.