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Glenn Ratzlaff Memorial Scholarship

Glenn Ratzlaff and a John Deere

Photo courtesy the Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club.

Glenn Ratzlaff was raised on a farm in Freeman, South Dakota, and it was there that his passion for farming and the associated tractors influenced him. In the early 1990s, Glenn returned to South Dakota and brought back the pieces that used to be a family tractor. Glenn rebuilt and restored the tractor, one of many in his collection, to the pristine quality for which they are known. Glenn joined the Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club (GKCTCC) in 1993 and held the office of third Vice-President (1996-1997), President (1998-1999) and Historian (2006-2013). As an active member, Glenn chose to display his tractors in many of the parades The Club chose to participate.

On Oct. 26, 2013, Glenn was driving one of his tractors to the Independence Halloween Parade when he was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Glenn suffered traumatic injury and died on Nov. 8, 2013. Glenn was passionate about tractors and sharing his knowledge, the history and heritage of farm tractors with others, especially the younger generation. In an effort to honor Glenn and this passion, the GKCTCC initiated the Glenn Ratzlaff Memorial Scholarship.

Eligibility and documentation required

Eligible applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or technical certification in an agricultural equipment technology program. An applicant is eligible to receive a one-time scholarship of $750.00. Upon selection and acceptance of this scholarship, the awardee will no longer be eligible to apply for future awards.

Each applicant must:
• Complete the application form in its entirety
• Submit proof of admission to an agricultural equipment program or college
• Provide a letter of recommendation from a non-family member

Selection process and award presentation

Application and supporting documents must be submitted by mail no later than Oct. 1, 2018, to:

Glenn Ratzlaff Memorial Scholarship
GKC Two-Cylinder Club
P.O. Box 14071
Lenexa, KS 66285

Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club Vice-Presidents will review all entries and select the scholarship recipient. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified and receive the award, with official recognition, at the November meeting of the GKCTCC.


19th Annual Farm History Day

Attendees sawing a log

Washing clothes in galvanized tubs full of suds and washboards, grinding corn into meal, and twisting twine into rope are just a few of the things that kids will learn how to do during Farm History Day at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum.

The event will take place Friday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open to schools, home-schoolers and the public, Farm History Day will feature over 30 exhibits and demonstrations – many of them hands-on.

“This is one of our favorite events for our members,” said Patrick Ingalls, museum president. “They get to interact with the kids and it's great to see all the excitement and smiles.”

Over 1,500 students attended last year, and this year, members have added more activities to cut down on some of the long lines.

“Some of the hands-on exhibits like candle dipping take a bit longer than other activities so there is usually a long line,” Ingalls explained. “So, we've added more help at those exhibits and then added more supplies like extra wooden stilts at the old fashion children games exhibit so that more kids get a chance to participate.”

Children sawing a log

Besides the hands-on activities, students can stroll through Olde Town filled with places like Old Tyme Jail, Farm Machinery Repair Shop, a migrant farm camp, Peaceful Knoll Church and a log cabin. The shingle mill, blacksmith shop and sawmill will be open and running as well.

“We began holding Farm History Day as part of our educational goal for the museum," Ingalls explains. "There is no charge to attend because we wanted to give something back to the community for all the support it has given us.”

If you are interested in attending Farm History Day with a large group, the museum asks that you call 269-637-5077 or email michiganflywheelers@yahoo.com.

The Michigan Flywheelers Museum is located at 06285 68th St., South Haven, Michigan. It is open on Wednesdays and weekends from Memorial Day through the end of August as well as for special events. Tours are given by appointment. For more information, 269-639-2010, michiganflywheelers@yahoo.comwww.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook.

Children playing on a straw bale

Smithsonian and Gathering of the Green Celebrate 100 Years of John Deere Tractors

Waterloo Boy tractor

A Waterloo Boy will be on display at the Smithsonian Museum and also at the March 21-24, 2018, Gathering of the Green conference in Davenport, Iowa. The Gathering’s got more – see the John Deere All-Wheel Drive tractor, the 4th “D” an experimental “A,” a working windmill, a restored Model 55 combine, a machine shed full of antiques, an early farm house, lawn and garden tractors, snowmobiles and much more.

John Deere plowing a field

This multidimensional conference also offers admirers of John Deere antique two-cylinder and New Generation tractors and implements an opportunity to attend 60-plus restoration-related technical and historical workshops, shop the huge vendor hall with 70-plus vendors focusing on everything John Deere, enjoy outstanding evening speakers, attend a fun auction and partake in the ending banquet.

3-wheel John Deere tractor

Gathering of the Green – March 21-24, 2018

RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA
Come for the entire conference – register online at www.gatheringofthegreen.com
Come for one or two days (best March 22, 23 or 24)
March 22 & 23: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; March 24: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$10 per day. Register and pay at the door.

For complete conference information go to www.gatheringofthegreen.com
Questions: call/text 563-845-3298 or e-mail info@gatheringofthegreen.com
Directions & Parking: go to www.riverctr.com – scroll down to About Us, click on Directions & Parking
Take a minute to watch this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AHtSLv4WfM&feature=em-subs_digest

Antique Truck Club of America

Antique truck

Since its founding in 1971, ATCA has been bringing people together who own or have an interest in antique commercial vehicles, and who wish to promote the preservation, restoration, operator and history of antique commercial vehicles. Join today! Membership is only $36 and includes a one-year subscription to Double Clutch Magazine.

Antique Truck Club of America
85 South Walnut St.
Boyertown, PA 19512
(610) 367-2567

Adrian's Magneto Service

Webster magneto

If you have a magneto that needs to be repaired or rebuilt, check out Adrian's Magneto Service. Adrian's Magneto Service delivers top-notch work and excellent customer service, and can be sent magnetos for repair to addresses in both the U.S. and Canada.

Adrian's Magneto Service
P.O. Box 209
Lancaster, MN 56735

Box 21232
Steinbach, Manitoba R5G1S5

(204) 326-6497

Roy's Red Iron

Roy's Red Iron is a great source for parts for your International Harvester Farmall tractors. They offer reproduction and new-old-stock replacement parts, as well as good used original parts. Roy's Red Iron has hundreds of items in stock that aren't listed on the website.

If they don't have the answer to your question or the part you need, they'll help you find it with over 25 years of technical experience with IH products.

Roy's Red Iron
6929 Martha Avenue
East Ridge, TN 37412

(423) 290-5036
Email: roysrediron01@gmail.com
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