Garden Tractor

E. E. Huber and his garden tractor. Man with cap is Murl Sylvester near his 3 HP Economy engine, Wilbur Pressler on right in background near his 1-1/2 HP John Deere Engine on the saw horse is an early model 1-1/2 HP Lauson that Wilbur found and restored,

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Rt. 1 Box 305A Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

It was a clear, warm Saturday afternoon on October 27, 1973, when members of the Texas Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch number 8 of the E.D.G.E.T.A. met in my back yard in Fredericksburg, Texas.

We cranked engines, ran steam engines, pumped water, ran a 'Krueger Fan', visited and took pictures.

There were seven gasoline engines, a unique air compressor, two small stationary steam engines, a gasoline engine pump jack, an old garden tractor, a model A John Deere, a Cletrac tractor, a toy steam engine with a generator, and Ted Krueger's fan.

During the afternoon my wife, Jane, and Doris Pressler took the ladies on a tour of the historical sites of Fredericksburg. Eleven members and their guests were present along with a number of children. Elwood Ware presented each family with a sack of stone ground corn meal.

They are from left to right standing, Ted Krueger, San Antonio; Duncan Seawright, Meridian, Sec.-Treas.; Bradley and Reagean Ware, Killeen; Louis Miller, Georgetown, Wilbur Pressler, Fredericksubr; Mr. Harrell, San Antonio; Elwood Ware, Killeen; Bill Dittemore, Fredericksburg; Jimmie and Murl Sylvester, Meridian. Kneeling next to engine, Dale Munday, President, Temple; E. E. Huber, Houston; and Hal Hoch, Leon Springs. Last but not least, Bill Dittemore's 5 HP Fuller and Johnson Type N Engine.

Late in the afternoon we loaded up the engines brought by members and held a business meeting at a local restaurant. During the business meeting, the last weekend in July 1974 was chosen for the annual meeting and show at Duncan Seawright's Farm at Meridian, Texas. The next quarterly meeting will be held at Hal Hoch's home at Leon Springs north of Sand Antonio the last weekend in March, 1974.

Officers for 1974 were nominated and will be elected by mail ballot. They were President, Bill Dittemore; Vice-President, Hal Hock; and Secretary-Treasurer, Wilbur Pressler.

Thirty-three people enjoyed the evening meal and afterwards Hal Hock showed slides of the 1973 show at Meridian, Texas.

A stationary steam engine owned by Hal Hoch of Leon Springs. From left, Mr. Harrell, Hal Hoch, Ted Krueger with polka dot cap, and John Goar. This was at Bill Dittemore's house on October 27, 1973 in Fredericksburg, Texas.

This is a 1917 Tital tractor 10-20, Serial Number TV10709. I purchased this tractor 2 years ago. It was parked outside for ten years. I worked all summer the year of 1972 to get it in shape. I have to make fenders yet to complete it.