Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association


| January/February 1991

  • Rumely Oil Pull
    Richmond family half scale Reeves BU 22 Helwig 15-30 Rumely Oil Pull.
  • F scale Reeves
    Best full size steam, Thurman Farms' Peerless. Best model, F scale Reeves owned by Bob Thomas.
  • Steam Engine
    Jim Bellis made this steam engine. Steam engineers, left to right: Alvin Sites, Jim Bellis. In the back, Bill Thurman.

  • Rumely Oil Pull
  • F scale Reeves
  • Steam Engine

RR #1 , Box 226, Archie, Missouri 64725

The WMAT&MA Association held their annual show July 27, 28 and 29 at Adrian, Missouri. Record crowds attended the three day event, making it our largest show ever. People from a total of nine different states signed the guest book at the general store, having come from as far as Oregon, North Carolina and Florida to attend.

To try to describe this show is almost impossible. We have so many exhibits and demonstrations that I know I will leave someone out. So, if I do, I am truly sorry but you were much appreciated, all of you.

Our annual show started on Friday which is supposed to be a set-up day but it too became a regular show day because our show is becoming so large. Our featured tractor was John Deere this year. We had all of them from Floyd Fritt's Waterloo Boy to a 1990 #4455 from the local dealership. Many belonged to Al Tenholder and family. He has one of the largest tractor collections in our part of the country. Our steam engines consisted of a 1907 Geiser Peerless 18 HP owned by Thurman Farms, a 1929 Keck-Gonnerman 19 HP owned by the Haverfield and Alvin Stites families, a scale Reeves owned by the Thomas family of Excelsior Springs, a scale Reeves owned by the Richman family of Kingsville, and a full size model 9 HP Case owned by Jim Bellis of Butler Mr. Bellis built this engine without any plans, just using his head. It was truly a great accomplishment, as he had never been around tractor engines much.

New attractions in our Frontier Village consisted of ice cream parlor, newspaper office, mill house, bell tower, sash maker, Indian tee-pee, and museum building. These went great with our already crowded town which has a saloon, general store, school, leather shop, bath house, water tower, engine house, and saw mill. We also have a caboose which was donated by the railroad.

The Ladies Auxiliary has been a huge help with the growth of our club. We owe them many thanks for their help in our projects. Without them we would not be where we are today.


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