What’s stronger than old iron? Family ties. Entries in this year’s show photo edition give a clear picture of the strength of family ties, and the ways those ties strengthen the old iron hobby.
First, of course, there are the families themselves – sometimes up to four generations share a hobby. The elders lend wisdom and experience; the younger folks have strong backs and limitless enthusiasm. And none of them love anything better than giving a toddler his or her first look at a tractor or engine.
Then there are the families who work together to keep displays alive after Dad or Granddad or Great-Granddad are no longer able to. As subsequent generations may feel little for the display beyond affection for the person who put it together, this is a particularly sweet labor of love.
When family members from various generations work together, good things almost always result. Oh sure, little pop-up storms may occasionally dampen spirits – that’s inevitable! – but that kind of shared activity results in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The bond created helps each to know the other in a new and deeper way than is afforded through brief chats at family reunions and holiday gatherings.
Family ties also wrap around pieces that outlast their owners. When someone tackles restoration of Dad’s or Granddad’s old tractor, it’s hard to imagine a more meaningful tribute – unless it would be a family’s determination to keep their parents’ show going after the parents’ deaths. See for yourself: Each of these pictures tells a thousand words. Enjoy the story!
1. It would take Dante himself to adequately describe the scene as the immense 150hp Case steam engine replica leads the parade at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minn., Aug. 30- Sept. 2, 2019. Photo by Joyce Hunnicutt, Washington, Ill.
1. Loren Fossum plowing with an 8N Funk Conversion at the 45th annual Rice County Steam & Gas Engine Show in Dundas, Minn., on Sept. 1, 2019. The tractor was part of a renowned collection put together by Loren’s father, the late Palmer Fossum. Photo by Becky and Bob Walsh, Winthrop, Iowa.
2. This lineup of antique Ford trucks at the Western Illinois Threshers Show, Aug. 2-5, 2019, in Hamilton, Ill., offers a glimpse into the past. Photo by Melanie Boone, Macon, Mo.
3. Bill Krug with his restored 1957 Farmall 450 and 1956 International W-400 on display at the 51st annual Dodge County Antique Power Show, Aug. 2-4, 2019, Burnett Corners, Wis.
4. Chris Cobler drives a Waterloo Boy tractor while Jack Beck drives a John Deere GP pulling a John Deere ground-driven corn picker at the Bos Bros. Old Fashioned Fall Harvest event in 2018 near Geneseo, Ill. Chuck and Kevin Bos hold the Fall Harvest event every other year. In the off years, they hold an Old Fashioned Threshing Bee, when wheat is harvested. Photo by Karen Bos, Geneseo, Ill.
5. Anne Jans – “the hat lady” – and her daughter, Alenka, have fun during their presentation at the 2019 Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show. At left: Natalie Flowers enjoys the show. Photo by Beth Coyle, Apple Valley, Minn.
6. An interesting display at the Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics 30th annual Threshing and Sawing Show, Sept. 7-8, 2019, in Rock Creek, Minn., focused on antique telephones. Shown here: Dick Davidson and Jerry Lindstrom (who assembled the display) of Pine City, Minn. Photo by Nancy Siefert, Rock Creek, Minn.
7. Marv Hedberg’s single-cylinder Aveling Barford Calfdozer is a piece you don’t see every day. The small, British-built bulldozer was part of the lineup at the Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics 30th annual Threshing and Sawing Show in Rock Creek, Minn., Sept. 7-8, 2019. “You drive it with your feet on top of the blade,” Marv says. Photo by Nancy Siefert, Rock Creek, Minn.
8. Caleb Anderson at the wheel of his cross-motor Case during the Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics 30th annual Threshing and Sawing Show held Sept. 7-8, 2019, in Rock Creek, Minn. Photo by Nancy Siefert, Rock Creek, Minn.
9. Emerson Little and Jackson Little give it their all while racing on Emerson’s pedal tractor during the South Jacksonville (Ill.) Farm Festival and Steam Show, Sept. 27-29, 2019. The pedal tractor originally belonged to the boys’ great-grandpa, Richard Hembrough. Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
1. In an unusual show display, Dan Haley and his son, Matthew, weave a wire fence using an antique fence-building device during the 2019 Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show. Photo by Beth Coyle, Apple Valley, Minn.
2. Rich Brewer, Pekin, Ill., bears down on his John Deere Model D in search of a full pull at the River Valley Antique Assn. tractor show in Mapleton, Ill., Aug. 24-25, 2019. A good crew of “weight people” is essential here. Photo by Bob Hunnicutt, Washington, Ill.
3. Engineer Dan Wyman at the wheel of his handsomely restored 1917 16hp Minneapolis steam engine during the 2019 Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show. Photo by Beth Coyle, Apple Valley, Minn.
4. Displayed at the Half Century of Progress Show, Aug. 22-25, 2019, in Rantoul, Ill., this Gleaner combine drew a crowd. Built for use in the Pacific Northwest, the combine’s design was intended to keep the threshing unit level so grain would not concentrate on one side. Photo by Melanie Boone, Macon, Mo.
5. A John Deere Model A shown by Lee Jenssen, McCook, Neb., and a John Deere 730 built and shown by John Varlilek, Culbertson, Neb. Both pieces were part of the display at the 7th annual Heritage Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Show, EDGE&TA Branch 238, on April 27, 2019, in McCook, Neb. Photo by Jerry Owens, McCook, Neb.
6. A jaw-dropping display of Twin Cities tractors at the 36th annual Steam Threshing Festival in Forest City, Iowa, June 7-9, 2019. Tractors in the display include a Model 10, the last two Model 15’s still known of in running condition, a Model 25 and a Model 40. Photo by Dwayne Boyum, Glencoe, Minn.
7. It takes concentration to keep a Caterpillar crawler on line when pulling a trailer grader at the Florida Flywheelers engine and tractor show in Fort Meade, Fla., Feb. 20-23, 2019. Photo by Bob Hunnicutt, Washington, Ill.
8. Given her bloodlines, Ella Little can’t help but put a little shine on an engine during the Farm Festival & Steam Show held Sept. 27-29, 2019, in South Jacksonville, Ill. The engine is part of the collection built by her great-grandpa, Richard Hembrough. Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
1. Ed Granquist, Wilson, Mich., drove his 1953 John Deere Model R in the Memorial Day Parade in Carney, Mich. – in the rain, which seemed to fall nearly everywhere through much of 2019. Photo submitted by Ed Granquist.
2. Because the weather during the 2019 Coal Springs Antique Club’s threshing bee was cold, wet and dreary, much of the activity centered on staying warm and dry. Jake Schauer, Faith, S.D., and Alan Johnson, Firesteel, S.D., made the best of it and enjoyed a good visit inside. Photo by Wade Hofer, Meadow, S.D.
3. A Caterpillar D2 pulled an Adams leaning-wheel grader in the demonstration area at the American Thresherman’s 60th annual Steam, Gas & Threshing Show, Aug. 14-18, 2019, in Pinckneyville, Ill. Nearly 200 crawlers and pieces of construction-related equipment were displayed. Many helped move several hundred yards of dirt to build a roadway and improve access to the show’s demonstration area and an overflow parking lot. Photo by Paulet Loos, Pinckneyville, Ill.
4. The mighty and the mini, on display at the Case Expo held Labor Day weekend at the 2019 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minn. Here, a 30-60 Case with its companion piece, a 1/64-scale model built by Dwayne Boyum. Photos by Dwayne Boyum, Glencoe, Minn.
5. At the Florida Flywheelers show, Feb. 20-23, 2019, in Fort Meade, the tropical heat might make you think you’re seeing double, but this double Farmall Model “AA” is no mirage. Photo by Bob Hunnicutt, Washington, Ill.
6. Following the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Leonard Terlisner bought this 1929 Farmall Regular (serial no. 57450) as used equipment. An original receipt shows that Leonard traded two horses and a horse cultivator for it – and $255 in cash. The recently restored tractor is now owned by Leonard’s sons, Darrell and Loren (shown here) Terlisner. The tractor was displayed at Atwater (Minn.) Threshing Days (Sept. 7-8, 2019) and Albany (Minn.) Pioneer Days (Sept. 13-15, 2019). Photo by Darrell Terlisner, Atwater, Minn.
7. Kevin Bos preparing to shell corn at the Bos Bros. Old Fashioned Fall Harvest event in 2018 near Geneseo, Ill. The Bos brothers produce a show each year, alternating between a summer show, when wheat is harvested, and a fall show, when corn and soybeans are harvested. Photo by Karen Bos, Geneseo, Ill.
8. This 1920 Moline Universal Model E, one of just two known to exist, was donated to the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Assn. by the Olin Rairdon family, Plainfield, Ill. It was displayed at the 58th annual Antique Engine & Tractor Working Farm Show in Geneseo, Ill., Sept. 13-15, 2019. Photo by Roger Tuttle, Somonauk, Ill.
9. Features at the 60th annual American Thresherman Show in Pinckneyville, Ill., Aug. 14-18, 2019, included displays by Heartland Oliver Collectors, Heartland Ropemakers Guild and Heartland Earthmovers. Charlie Hagene, Pinckneyville, is shown here operating a 1952 Caterpillar D2 pulling a scraper. At back: Larry Loos, Pinckneyville, operating a 1960s-era Hancock elevating scraper. Photo by Paulet Loos, Pinckneyville, Ill.
1. A 12-mule hitch pulls a 30x38 Harris combine on the Clayton Guhlke farm during the 2016 Vintage Harvest show in Lincoln County, Washington. Photo by John E. Jensen, Knoxville, Iowa.
2. This beautifully restored (and operational) 1915 19hp Port Huron steam traction engine was displayed at the Idaho Forest Products display at the Nez Perce County Fair in Lewiston, Idaho, Sept. 18-21, 2019. It was attended by Hop Buchner II and Larry Benda. Photo by David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.
3. A rare 1899 Flour City tractor on the move at the Divide County Threshing Show in Crosby, N.D., June 19-21, 2019. Photo by Dwayne Boyum, Glencoe, Minn.
4. Only a photo like this could persuade those familiar with the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer swap meet that good weather does occasionally prevail at the event. For at least one day of the 2019 event, held April 26-28, attendees were spared the cold, snow and mud that is the meet’s trademark. Photo by Beth Coyle, Apple Valley, Minn.
5. Gerald Schmidt at the wheel of his 1936 Farmers Union CO-OP No. 2 tractor during the Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics 30th annual Threshing and Sawing Show, held Sept. 7-8, 2019, in Rock Creek, Minn. Sadly, both Duane and Judy Anderson died in 2019, but family members say the Andersons’ dream will live on. Photo by Nancy Siefert, Rock Creek, Minn.
6. The kitchen crew at the 2019 Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show has fun working together to keep showgoers, volunteers and exhibitors fueled up. Here, Dan Callahan, St. Thomas, Minn., serves up a good-looking plate of pancakes. Photo by Beth Coyle, Apple Valley, Minn.
7. Wooden buckets and barrels handmade by Jim Gaster, Indianola, Neb., were displayed during the 7th annual Heritage Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Show, EDGE&TA Branch 238, on April 27, 2019, in McCook, Neb. Hollywood production crews have purchased Jim’s pieces for use as props in movies portraying life in the Old West. Photo by Jerry Owens, McCook, Neb.
8. View from the seat of a Farmall H pulling a bundle wagon with an International Harvester binder ahead, making bundles, during the Coal Springs Antique Club’s annual threshing bee, held Sept. 27-29, 2019, near Meadow, S.D. Photo by Wade Hofer, Meadow, S.D.
9. This restored 1924 Holt 10-ton crawler was displayed at the Garfield County Fair in Pomeroy, Wash., Sept. 13-15, 2019. The piece has been donated to the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum in Pomeroy by Jennell and Louise Branson. Photo by Suzanne Grove, Pomeroy, Wash.
10. Could Waylon Preuhs possibly have any more fun? Here, the next generation of machinery collectors gets their start on pedal tractors at the 2019 Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show. Photo by Beth Coyle, Apple Valley, Minn.