| September/October 1983

  • English Fordson
    Joe Chevalier on his English Fordson, pulling on Sunday.
  • Buckeye Ditcher
    1912 Buckeye Ditcher in operating condition owned by Humpula Trenching
  • 10 HP Advance running his shingle mill
    Meyers' 10 HP Advance running his shingle mill at the show.
  • Case steam engine
    Dick Watson's 6 HP portable Case steam engine running Koski brothers' drag saw. Grampa Koski on the saw.

  • English Fordson
  • Buckeye Ditcher
  • 10 HP Advance running his shingle mill
  • Case steam engine

PO Box 104 Oakley, Michigan 48649

The 8th annual Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show was bigger and better than any year, with more exhibitors and visitors than any show before.

Friday, we got the show underway with a little threshing and stationary baling. Later in the afternoon we had a junior tractor pull for the younger members of the association. In the evening the new pavilion, (which was built in the spring, thanks to many club member man hours) was packed. Before the pavilion was built, we used to rent a tent, but it wasn't permanent. Now, we have electricity hooked up, before we had a tractor-powered generator.

Saturday broke cool and damp and the line for Fran Doty's home made pancake and sausage breakfast was long but well worth the wait.

Dick Watson and Barry Tyler brought Dick's nicely restored 6 HP Case portable steam engine to run the Koski brothers' drag saw that was run all day, much to the pleasure of the crowds. Bee Meyers had his 1929 Hart Parr 12-12 on his shingle mill putting out shingles as fast as he could for the crowd to take home. Jerry Payne from Montrose brought his 50 HP Case which was the first steam engine to be at our show and we dearly appreciate his support and helpfulness. We also thank Ed Hurd from Byron for bringing his 19 HP Port Huron steam engine and we thank all the steam boys for a job well done.

The tractor pull was an all day event that centered around all activities, Saturday and Sunday. In all, for 2 days, there were 127 tractors pulled in 4 classes: '39 and before, '40-'52 on Saturday; '52-'57 and steel wheelers tore the track up Sunday. It's a good thing we put our own scales in this year, they sure got used!


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