Anton 'Tony' Juhl was born in Oakfield Township in Audubon County, Iowa, several miles west of Brayton in 1887. His father, Jens, and mother, Anna Juhl, were farmers, fanning west of Brayton for many years. Tony has one brother, Bill, living in Atlantic. Two sistes, Minnie Hansen living in Audubon and Anna Bengard living in Exira.
At an early age, Tony was intrigued by everything mechanical. Steam engines, threshers, early gasoline engines and automobiles. He soon bought a set of tools and walked many miles carrying his tool kit and repairing the neighbors engines and autos.
He finally set up a shop in Brayton, Iowa which he operated year around except at threshing time. He had bought a 50 HP. steamer and 36-58 separator and water wagon. He threshed off and on in this area many years. He pulled the County Grader for five years with his 30-60 Oilpull Rumley tractor. Alt together, he owned two 50 H.P. Case, one Avery Steamer, a 30-60 H.P. and 20-40 H.P. Rumley Oilpull, one 15-30 H.P. I.H.C. Single Cyliner, 15-27 H.P. Cross mounted Case and a 25-50 Twin City tractor. Tony also had a saw mill with which he sawed some lumber from 1923 until 1941.
In 1917, the United States sent out a call for machinests and mechanics for the Air Force. Tony volunteered and was sent to Texas where he worked on airplane engines and machined parts for them. He returned when Armistice was signed.
About 1903 the Oak Hill Rifle Gun Club was formed near Brayton. Tony joined and was one of the best shots. They used single shot Winchester Hi Walls in 30-40 Krag size. Tony was also known as the best gunsmith in this part of the country up to this day. At one time he had one of the finest antique gun collections, which he has since sold.
At about 1938, he opened up his present machine shop including a large lathe, milling machine and many other tools. These are all operated by a Harlan, Iowa Nelson side shaft 3 H.P. gasoline engine. Tony always did acetylene welding, never having electricity in his shop. The engine was originally bought in 1904 and still is in good running condition. Tony still operates his shop in the summer, but takes it easy in the winter.
He is known by many friends from many states as a steam and gasoline engine operator and collector. He tries to get to all the local steam and gas engine shows each year.
In 1975, he was honored at the World's Largest Steam and Gas Engine and Farm Equipment Show at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for being the oldest and longest operator there. He rode in an antique auto at the head of the parade.
Tony said he did have a girl friend many years ago and went to the dances, but never married.