Rumely Collector's News, 12109 Mennonite Church Road, Tremont, Illinois 61568
Rumely OilPull! The name alone stirs the emotions of young and old alike, perhaps more than any other antique tractor. Go to any given show, with hundreds of wonderful old iron horses, and the crowd always seems to gather around the OilPull. How many other tractors do you know that are listed along with the events in the show bills and advertising, 'Steam Engines, Threshing, Tractor Pull, OilPulls!'?
The second in a series of Expos showcasing these and other machines from the Rumely empire will be held this year at the New York Steam Engine Association's annual Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua, New York, August 11-14.
The Rumely Collector's Expo Association was formed to preserve and honor the memory of the men, women and machines of the M. Rumely and Advance-Rumely companies who contributed so much to the development of early America. Companies that were purchased by the Rumely company play an important role in the Expo, too. Names like Gaar Scott, Aultman-Taylor, Advance Thresher, and Northwest Thresher Company reflect a heritage every bit as rich as that of the Rumely empire. Collectors and machines of all these companies are invited to share the spotlight in Canandaigua.
Rumely Collector's Expo 93 turned out to be the largest collection of Rumely-related equipment since the company closed its doors. Whether you have a tractor, steam engine, separator, machinery, memorabilia, old photos and posters or just memories and the desire for a good time, everyone is 'urged to converge' on Canandaigua to help set a new record!
A large display tent will be available for memorabilia, photo and scrapbook exhibits. Collectors with related items to sell or swap are especially invited to join in the fun. For information on exhibiting please contact Dave Shearns, 5569 Joy Road, Marion, New York 14505, (315) 483-9419. More detailed information is available through the official Expo publication, Rumely Collector's News.
Ours is a fast-disappearing heritage, with all of these companies having faded from the scene decades ago. We especially need to preserve the history of old dealerships, company records, employee recollections and the like. We would especially like to borrow photos of dealerships, branch houses and factory scenes for a special display. Any information on any of these companies would be deeply appreciated!