Apple blossoms & antique farm machinery


| August 2002



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6-hp International gas engine

Glenn Rex of Arendtsville, Pa., collects John Deere tractors and Galloway engines, and for the past 20 years, he's been taking his 'old stuff' to the National Apple Blossom Festival at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, Arendtsville, Pa., just down the road from Gettysburg.

Glenn is president of the South Mountain Antique Engine Association Inc., a group of 350 members founded in 1991. They hold shows as part of the spring Apple Blossom Festival, which was May 4-5 this year, and the fall National Apple Harvest Festival.

At the May show, Glenn displayed his 1940 John Deere B tractor and 1917 Galloway engine. Both machines date to earlier eras on Glenn's family farm, which he owns today and which has been in his family since 1886. 'My dad, Guy Rex, bought this tractor new,' he says of the B. 'I restored it nine years ago. It's never stopped running.'

The 4-hp Galloway hit-and-miss was purchased new also, by Glenn's grandfather, Jacob Rex. At the show, Glenn displayed not only the engine but a letter from the company that thanked his grandfather for buying it.

'The engine was made in Waterloo, Iowa,' Glenn says. 'It came by train and Grandpa picked it up in a horse and wagon.'

Sam Harman of Taneytown, Md., has had his 1909 6-hp International gas engine for about four years and says he enjoys taking it to shows. He acquired it by trading t 1929 Model A Ford.