South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society Steps Back To The Past

| May/June 1992

515 Northgate Dr. Dyer, Indiana 46311 Photos by Mark Corson

Most summers in northwest Indiana fall into one of two categories, hot and dry or cool and wet. This year definitely fell well within the first choice with daily temperatures hovering in the high 90's. Luckily though, our showground, the Lake County Fairgrounds, are generously covered with tall shade trees which protect the rolling grounds. Mix those ingredients with a constant breeze, good food, cold drinks and friendly people; you end up with one very enjoyable weekend.

This year's feature, International Harvester Tractors and Equipment, brought exhibitors from both near and far contributing to a very good display of various pieces. Several Titans and Moguls were definite eye catchers. Other not so common IHC representatives were a 1936 and 1937 Fairway 12, 1932 F-30 Duckbill tractor, a 1939 Case 30 and several smaller crawlers. The Red Power Club had a nice display booth set up in our feature tractor building flanked by a fine collection of IHC pedal tractors brought down from Wisconsin. Several other outstanding or unique tractors included an impressive collection of Massey Harris, a 1929 Baker, a 1916 Eagle, a Port Huron steamer, a Minneapolis steamer, and a miniature scratch-built steamer. A nice assortment of John Deeres, Allis Chalmers, Case, Oliver, and Minneapolis Molines rounded out our field with a total tractor display of over 180

Special recognition should be given to our members responsible for organizing the tractors and farming equipment. Tractors belted or hitched to the pieces they once powered looked great and at the same time taught our uninformed visitors how things were done in bygone days.

Our small engine exhibitors brought in over 40 old engines. Some were just puffing away, while others powered air compressors, shellers, pumps, etc. John Deere, Briggs, Economy, Stover, Lawson, and of course IHC M's and LA's could all be seen.

Active displays were the real crowd pleasers of the weekend. Threshing, corn shelling, and shredding, and straw baling were always drawing crowds. A dynamometer kept the tractor owners busy both testing their old favorites and comparing the horsepower results of the different tractors. A blacksmith kept busy tapping out an array of products from horseshoes to wall decorations. Grain grinding could be seen daily using a great collection of Letz mills once manufactured here in Crown Point, Indiana.