Rumely Pulls Again


| April 2004



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Jamie StevensonRumely five-bottom plow

I took 150 years, but it was worth the wait. That's what folks who collect M. Rumely Co. farm equipment say about the biggest gathering of Rumely-built machinery and memorabilia since the company quit business in 1938.

The reunion was held in conjunction with the 59th National Threshers Association Reunion June 26-29, 2003, in Wauseon, Ohio. The gathering drew Rumely collectors from across the globe to share memories and machines made by the Indiana-based company.

'There was one of everything here,' Dennis Rupert, president of the Rumely Products Collectors, says about the reunion.

The club, which boasts nearly 200 members, paired its Rumely reunion with the National Threshers' annual farm show because it's one of the oldest shows in America and is closely located to LaPorte, Ind., where Meinrad Rumely built his farm equipment empire, Dennis says.

The event coincided with the company's founding 150 years before in 1853. Coincidentally, exactly 150 Rumely exhibitors brought everything from steam traction engines to clover hullers, OilPull tractors to stationary gasoline engines - all bearing the famous Rumely name.

'It makes us darn proud to have such a big turnout,' Dennis adds about the history-making reunion.