2009 Red Power Round Up: Antique Tractor Show Focuses on International Harvester

Annual International Harvester show features antique tractors, engines, trucks and more

| May 2010

  • Good as gold: The 2009 Red Power Round Up included a large display of gold demonstrator tractors.
    The 2009 Red Power Round Up included a large display of gold demonstrator tractors. Left to right: 1970 1456 Turbo demo owned by Max Favourite, Angola, Ind.; 1970 Farmall 1026 Hydro demo owned by Smoker Family Farmalls, Wanatah, Ind.; and 1970 Farmall 1026 Hydro demo owned by Max Favourite.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • This Keystone Pony corn sheller owned by Doug Schoenick, New Holstein, Wis., was manufactured prior to 1914.
    This Keystone Pony corn sheller owned by Doug Schoenick, New Holstein, Wis., was manufactured prior to 1914.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • An International 3331 20-inch mower (left) and an IH 3330 20-inch mower.
    An International 3331 20-inch mower (left) and an IH 3330 20-inch mower. Both pieces are owned by Kyle Kittleson, Stoughton, Wis.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Detail of the Keystone Pony corn sheller owned by Doug Schoenick, New Holstein, Wis., was manufactured prior to 1914.
    Detail of the Keystone Pony corn sheller owned by Doug Schoenick, New Holstein, Wis., was manufactured prior to 1914.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • 1967 Farmall snowmobile owned and restored by Carl and Janet Schaefer, Eagle Center, Iowa.
    1967 Farmall snowmobile owned and restored by Carl and Janet Schaefer, Eagle Center, Iowa. The snowmobile has a 2-cycle Chrysler industrial engine.
    Leslie C. McManus
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    A 1931 McCormick-Deering Iron Mule owned by Van Merchant, Pecatonica, Ill., and Steve Agnew, Milton, Wis. “The original self-contained dump tractor” with a dump body manufactured by Hughes-Keenan Co., Mansfield, Ohio.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • This 1972 1066 Farmall Hydro has 10,000 hours on it, but it's still a worker.
    This 1972 1066 Farmall Hydro has 10,000 hours on it, but it’s still a worker: Owner Bob Wells, Ottumwa, Iowa, planted 100 acres of corn with it last spring.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A 1931 McCormick-Deering Iron Mule owned by Van Merchant, Pecatonica, Ill., and Steve Agnew, Milton, Wis.
    A 1931 McCormick-Deering Iron Mule owned by Van Merchant, Pecatonica, Ill., and Steve Agnew, Milton, Wis. “The original self-contained dump tractor” with a dump body manufactured by Hughes-Keenan Co., Mansfield, Ohio.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A back view showing the plow on Rod Raether's Farmall F-12.
    A back view showing the plow on Rod Raether’s Farmall F-12. Originally on steel wheels, the tractor was later converted to rubber. Rod has restored the tractor to steel, complete with correct road bands, a hard-to-find item in Michigan, he says. His show display includes a vintage road sign reading “Tractors With Lugs Prohibited.”
    Leslie C. McManus
  • For his 1934 F-12, Rod (Howell, Mich.) built replacement parts to hold a radiator canvas of his own design.
    For his 1934 F-12, Rod (Howell, Mich.) built replacement parts to hold a radiator canvas of his own design. “No one could tell me what it was supposed to look like,” he says, “so I made it up.” The lighting system he installed (shown working in this photo) was copied from correct original parts loaned to him by another collector.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • When Judy Raether first saw the Farmall F-12 her husband hauled out of the woods, her one-word description (
    When Judy Raether first saw the Farmall F-12 her husband hauled out of the woods, her one-word description (“cute!”) was considerably generous. “It was really rough,” Rod Raether recalls. “I went through two pallets of sandblasting sand on that one.”
    Leslie C. McManus
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    It’s a wonder that Mike Androvich’s experimental 1936 McCormick-Deering O-20 (serial no. Q-3188) survived its early years. “Even though some prototypes were really well made,” he says, “the company destroyed most of them.”
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Traces of paint spelling out the last five letters of
    Traces of paint spelling out the last five letters of orchard are all that remain of the original model designation on this O-20 prototype.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • This 1917 Mogul 10-20, in original paint and decals, was originally purchased to provide belt power to a corn sheller.
    This 1917 Mogul 10-20, in original paint and decals, was originally purchased to provide belt power to a corn sheller. “It was never used more than 20 miles from where it was delivered,” says owner Marian Greer, Coulterville, Ill.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A 1971 1210 IHC Travelall Coach owned by Tom Thayer, Fitchburg, Wis.
    A 1971 1210 IHC Travelall Coach owned by Tom Thayer, Fitchburg, Wis. Stageway Coach (Fort Smith, Ark.) used International parts to modify a Travelall into a 10-door vehicle used to ferry business travelers from airports to remote destinations. Original literature dated 1971 sets passenger capacity at 18. The coach has a 392 engine and weighs close to 8,000 pounds. Tom uses it to haul family members at his summer home. “We just want to have fun with it,” he says. “But when you’re driving, you have to think about turns.”
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A 1949 IHC KB-8 owned by George Mitchell, Perryburg, Ohio.
    A 1949 IHC KB-8 owned by George Mitchell, Perryburg, Ohio.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Tractors and implements covered a hillside at the Alliant Energy Center, just across from a complex of buildings housing a multitude of vendor, club and individual displays.
    Tractors and implements covered a hillside at the Alliant Energy Center, just across from a complex of buildings housing a multitude of vendor, club and individual displays.
    Leslie C. McManus

  • Good as gold: The 2009 Red Power Round Up included a large display of gold demonstrator tractors.
  • This Keystone Pony corn sheller owned by Doug Schoenick, New Holstein, Wis., was manufactured prior to 1914.
  • An International 3331 20-inch mower (left) and an IH 3330 20-inch mower.
  • Detail of the Keystone Pony corn sheller owned by Doug Schoenick, New Holstein, Wis., was manufactured prior to 1914.
  • 1967 Farmall snowmobile owned and restored by Carl and Janet Schaefer, Eagle Center, Iowa.
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  • This 1972 1066 Farmall Hydro has 10,000 hours on it, but it's still a worker.
  • A 1931 McCormick-Deering Iron Mule owned by Van Merchant, Pecatonica, Ill., and Steve Agnew, Milton, Wis.
  • A back view showing the plow on Rod Raether's Farmall F-12.
  • For his 1934 F-12, Rod (Howell, Mich.) built replacement parts to hold a radiator canvas of his own design.
  • When Judy Raether first saw the Farmall F-12 her husband hauled out of the woods, her one-word description (
  • FC-MA10lm-09redpower-17
  • Traces of paint spelling out the last five letters of
  • This 1917 Mogul 10-20, in original paint and decals, was originally purchased to provide belt power to a corn sheller.
  • A 1971 1210 IHC Travelall Coach owned by Tom Thayer, Fitchburg, Wis.
  • A 1949 IHC KB-8 owned by George Mitchell, Perryburg, Ohio.
  • Tractors and implements covered a hillside at the Alliant Energy Center, just across from a complex of buildings housing a multitude of vendor, club and individual displays.

Looking for the mother of all antique farm equipment shows?

Take in a Red Power Round Up. The sheer enormity of the International Harvester line guarantees a vast and varied display of tractors and equipment and, as garage sale ads say, “lots of miscellaneous.”

The 2009 Round Up, held in July in Madison, Wis., was hosted by Wisconsin Chapter No. 4 of the National International Harvester Collectors Club. More than 25,000 people attended the three-day event, which included displays of more than 1,000 tractors, 200 IH trucks, 500 Cub Cadets and hundreds of pieces of machinery covering a span from the 1800s to today – and that doesn’t begin to take in the small pieces and memorabilia exhibits. Educational seminars, new equipment displays, parades, live music and even a parade of 140 tractors and trucks from the show site (at the Alliant Energy Center) to the state capitol grounds, packed the schedule.

Produced at a different site and by a different host club every year, no two Round Ups are the same. Each is an astonishing 72-hour convergence of collectors and collectibles like these:

Going way back

Pieces in Doug Schoenick’s exhibit were among the oldest International Harvester pieces displayed at the Round Up in Madison. For fans of fine originals, his Keystone Pony corn sheller (complete with IH decal) was enough to cause heart palpitations. “When I first saw it, my eyes almost popped out of my head,” admits Doug, who lives in New Holstein, Wis. “It shows no wear at all; it’s like new.” International bought Keystone Mfg. Co. in 1904. The Pony remained in production until 1914, when it was replaced by an all-steel unit.



Doug’s International Type D feed grinder made a nice companion piece for the Pony. Restored when Doug bought it, the piece was patented in 1907. Power is provided by a 3 to 5 hp engine; two 8-inch discs do the grinding. Doug also collects International gas engines: He’s looking for a 10 hp Model M to complete his M Series set. “I’ve been collecting International stuff for seven or eight years,” he says, “but I’ve liked it since I was a kid. My dad had an F-14 and I liked it best.”

1066 Farmall Hydro

When Bob Wells got his hands on his brother’s 826 Farmall Hydro with infinite speeds, it was love at first sight. Soon he found a Hydro of his own: a 1972 1066. “It ran when I got it, but it needed a cosmetic restoration,” he says. Bob did that and more, and now has a showpiece that’s also becoming a regular on tractor drives. “It’ll go 23, 24 mph,” he says.



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