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THE TOY CHEST AT THRESHERMEN'S PARK
Farm Toys and Dolls Display

Farm Toys at the James Valley Thresher's Toy Show

The idea of a TOY SHOW was proposed in 1989 by members Selmer and Colleen Anderson, Burdell and Muriel Bohn, and Harold and Lorraine Yoder. They wanted a place that they could exhibit some of their collections and those of anyone else that had old or unusual toys, dolls, or things of interest to display.

Burdell and Muriel Bohn
In 1990, Burdell decided to donate his old grade school building, which he had previously acquired. The building was built about 1889. It was the school Burdell attended in the 1930's. His father had also attended the school in the 1890's, so it was of particular significance to Burdell. He was surprised and pleased to find some of the original attendance records and student reports in the school when he obtained the building. Among the papers were his father's records. These papers are now on display in the Toy Chest at Thresher's Park. Some of the original desks from Burdell's school are now in use to furnish the School House in the James Valley Thresher's Park.
The building was remodelled in 1993 to serve as the Threshermen's Park Toy Chest, and to display extensive toy collections, mostly farm equipment, steam toys and dolls.

Many people display their toys and dolls, and that makes the Toy Chest show one that everyone enjoys, young and old alike. New and unusual items are always welcome.

Burdell and Muriel Bohn and helpers will welcome you to the Toy Show and answer any questions about the building and the toys and dolls on display. They keep the TOY CHEST a delightful place to see.



Vivian Dobberpuhl presents the message of "Farm Safety 4 Just Kids" in the Toy Chest building, representing the local Mikey D chapter. She teaches children and their parents how to recognize and avoid hazards of farming, and how to farm safely when children are present.


Lyle Cutler's diorama "The Pioneering Spirit". With farm toys he reproduced scenes of old time farming shown on decorative plates.



Kate Kelly's Steam Toys

Some of the dolls on display

Lionel Trains and Toy Merry Go Round

More farm toys

Toy Hart Paar and Titan tractors made by
Brian and Stuart Donaldson

Barney Rumpca's toy horse drawn carriage

Colleen Anderson welcomes visitors

Toy Chest Building at Threshermen's Park

Continue your tour to The Old One Room School House

See you at the Show!

James Valley Threshers Show, Andover South Dakota

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