On June 25, 1981, Eleanor and I finally got the truck packed and the camper hooked up and started for Wauseon, Ohio. We ate dinner in Charlotte, Michigan and arrived at the National Threshers Show about 4:00 PM that afternoon. The kids had called and asked about what time we would be there and we had told them around four. Well, at 6:00 P.M. we ate supper knowing they probably hadn't left Ypsilanti, Michigan until they should be there, but when it got to be 9:00 and no kids, I began to wonder what had happened. At ten, they arrived ready to set up camp. The kids are David and Janice Heaven and David and Susan Vasher and little Stephen. We got to bed at midnight.
Next morning, everybody seemed in a big hurry to go over in the infield. I hadn't shaved and Eleanor wasn't worried about doing dishes, which seemed sort of strange, but anyway, we all went. Pretty soon we came up to a 10-20 International tractor all freshly painted. Little Stephen went right over and started to crank it. (He was 18 months old.) Somebody said, 'Why don't you help Steve start the tractor?' I said, 'Nope, it's not my tractor.' The kids all said, 'Oh yes, it is!'
Well, I didn't believe them until I saw the patch I had put on the fender. They had worked five weeks like beavers getting it restored and running for my Father's Day present. Wow! what a surprise, as you can guess. We had a good time running the old 10-20 around the grounds, but also we had some problems as you can guess, since it hadn't run in 15 or 16 years.