(The writer did not sign his name, but the address was Frandale Farm, 5815 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424.)
Twenty-five Dayton, Ohio, area Engine Collectors and their wives had a winter meeting on 13 December 1970, at the home of Colonel and Mrs. Norm Stuckey. It was very enjoyable talking to old friends from the various engine shows and meeting the several new collectors that were invited to attend.
Each collector gave a brief account of his recent engine activities and told of any new additions to his collection. Howard Yoder presented colored slides of exhibits and other items taken at engine shows during the last eight years. Stanley Mack brought International Harvester books for everyone to see and said that he would try to get his serial number/year of manufacture list duplicated for all of the engine collectors present. Ervin Rismiller, the Fordson man, brought some interesting books. Milton Deets informed the group that the engine show was being moved from Urbana to London, Ohio, next year. Charles Maxson added that some engines would participate in Urbana's Pioneer Days Celebration.
The group hopes to meet periodically and have a free exchange of ideas and hopes are that complete lists of serial numbers showing year of manufacture for all tractors and engines can be acquired. The problem of proper decals was discussed, and a letter to the John Deere Tractor Works brought a rewarding response. Some collectors would like an enclosed building at a local show ground for keeping engines the year around.
In the evening came the best part of the meeting when a coop covered dish dinner was brought out by the ladies. It was a perfect way to end a most enjoyable get-together.