5040 Boston Harbor Rd. N.E. Olympia, Washington 98506-1850
On June 19, 20, 21 the Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Association members, along with the Rainier Two Cylinder John Deere Club members, helped make the Meeker Days Weekend Festival a big success and draw in large crowds. This was our second year to participate in the event.
The Meeker Day event organizers found a place for us to camp and park our trucks close to the area where we were showing our displays. It was about a half block away in the parking lot of a strawberry cannery, the aroma of the strawberries was very enticing. Friday thru Sunday the cannery offered free samples of the strawberries, and they also sold the berries at the cannery.
The first to arrive Friday was Paul Pearman with his Sattley engine. Next David Wester came roaring down the street with his 1950 Kenworth hauling Sid Shoemaker's 1930 model #60 Caterpillar.
Wayne and Mary Ann Nettekoven were next to arrive with a trailer load. They had a 1913 1? HP Domestic side shaft, 1929 Maytag Washing machine, Model 27 Maytag Twin. Hugh Davis set up next to us with a 9 HP and 1? HP. Economy and 1? Fairbanks Morse. A couple of hours later the road was filled with Ralph Gulan's 1948 John Deere Model AN tractor, 1948 ACG, and 1946 Gibson.
Don Fifer with his helpers Tom & John Fifer and Hecter Villanueva maneuvered his 5th wheel trailer in line loaded with engines mounted on it. He had F.M.Z, Fuller Johnson, Economy and Fairmonts along with a large can crusher he made.
Dennis King had three Fairbanks Morse engines; one had a large fan attached and did it ever feel good standing in front with the wind blowing at you, for it was a hot weekend.
John Corbin brought again this year his 1950 John Deere R. Every time he started the tractor up the people came running to see what was making all the noise. John also drove in his restored 1940 International pickup. He had a 3 HP, Fairbanks in the pickup bed, and believe it or not John sold a Fordson tractor for the Fairbanks. I thought it was going to be a static display but he surprised everyone and borrowed some gasoline from Hugh Davis. Guess what? The Fairbanks actually runs.
Ann Lambert with her two sons Bill and Brian Ide had a trailer full. They brought in a 1926 6 HP Economy, 1913 1? HP Economy and a 1921 1? HP Hercules.
Bob Keeley had his 1951 John Deere B. George Tiebore a 1952 Co-op tractor, Bill Loken a 1939 John Deere B. All weekend Bill took pictures of the children sitting on his tractor--that was very nice of Bill. Mark Loken brought a 1952 John Deere M, Bob Collins a 1957 John Deere 730. Billy Walker had three Vaughn Flextred tractors, one you ride on and the others you walk behind. They were dated 1928-1939.
Frank Hutson had his 1939 H John Deere tractor, a very nice one. Ray Vanlandingham brought his 1957 John Deere 520. Len Howe brought a Super D Country Squire by Economy Tractor Co. It had a Wisconsin 6 HP engine in it. The tractor was manufactured by Country Squire Tractor Co. Muskego, Wisconsin, which later became the Economy Power King Tractor Co. They sold new for $549.00, or $611.65 with drawbar attachments.
Ron Duris, who lives and farms in the Puyallup Valley; joined our club so he could bring his working tractor to show it off. It was a 1964 International Harvester with a seeder attached. He also brought a 1920 Model T pickup.
The gathering place for everyone to eat and visit was on 2nd and West Main, 'The Rose Restaurant.' It was at the end of the street where we had our displays. The owner, Brigitte Plack, was a friendly lady, and the food they served was like home cooking, the seats were always full. Saturday you could order all you can eat spaghetti and Sunday they cooked barbecue ribs outside.
We even had scale models for the viewers that liked smaller items. Mike Moyer had a 2 HP Economy and pump, 1/6 scale F.M. model, also ? scale New Holland model. Mike does beautiful work on these scale models.
Very interesting to see was the two Farmall twins, a 1941 A & B Mark Bradley had put together. They were put together side by side, a nice job was done to them, very unusual. Kemer Nelson had his Model B John Deere tractor.
The town was filled with noise when the tractors and engines started up to show the public. Wayne Nettekoven had his Maytag washing machine laundering his grease rags; a lot of people had never seen a wringer washing machine before. They would say, 'My Grandmother had one like that.' At the end of three days laundering the grease rags, Wayne had the cleanest ones in town.
Everywhere you went downtown there was entertainment, food if you were hungry, craft vendors, and things for the children to do. The farmers market was open to buy vegetables, fruits, plants, etc. Such an exciting weekend. I'm looking forward to attending the event in 1999.