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R.R.#2, Box 143 Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Hello Everyone in Engineland!

Well, the big show and election at Winfield, Kansas is over and you have some new officers. As you know, I did not run as I thought you needed some younger person in my position as vice president and we got one. Charles Stark from Republic, Missouri, Branch #16, or the Springfield Show as a lot of folks call it. Charles and Betty have been pushers for EDGE&TA for many years, and he had a lot of help from a real good group also. They are the people who would charter a bus of 30 to 40 people and go to a National. As you know, Jack and Menno had no one running with them. But directors East and West were both changed: Jeff Jablonski, East and Gus Peterson, West.

We also changed the division line for the East and West director to go by. The West boundary of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and South is the dividing line now for East and West. It makes the branches in each much more even. That added a good man more to the East.

Well, getting back to the show, and what a big one! I believe it had the most machinery of any I have seen, and one heck of a lot of people. There were people parked around us from Washington, Oregon, California, Illinois and Iowa. We got there at 5 p.m. Thursday, when everything was full in the main area, we had to go across the road to park. They had hook-ups all over the place for us and by midnight we were surrounded by big motor homes and travel trailers from everywhere.

I saw a lot of things I would like to have, like an Eagle tractor and an air cooled Olds engine, from Branch #16.

They had the largest collection of Minneapolis Moline tractors I have ever seen and right in the middle sat Joe Harpers beautiful 25x50 Twin City. I even went out in the country to see some tractors. Mace Archer told me where they were and took me there.

And I would like to congratulate all of the new officers and give a big thank-you to all the people of Branch #11 for one bang-up show. I could see many hours of work on it in spite of all the severe weather damage to contend with.