The 17th Annual LaPorte Rumely Tractor Convention

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The 17th annual Rumely Convention was held in LaPorte, Indiana, on the weekend of March 20 and 21. Fourteen states and Ontario were represented at the gathering. Topics covered were as follows: 20-30 Cooling Fan Repair, presented by Jim and Ken Perrin in conjunction with Don Wolf; Thoughts on the Formation of the Rumely Product Collectors Club, by Ron Miller, retired president of RPC; Tales of Owning a Rumely Dealership/Experiences of my Father, by Bud Stambaugh; History of the Rumely Tractor Registry, Ellis Wellman; Tilling and Toiling the Soil with Rumely, presented by Dave Shearns; Rumely Thoughts and Ideas, presented by Doyle Brubaker. Don Rohde shared some insights into tractor restoration.

After lunch, the Rumely Collectors toured the restored Rumely Hotel, now called The Rumely Historic Apartments. The restoration has gone well. The possibility of restoring the Grafton to murals to the hotel is in consideration.

Doyle Brubaker and Dorothy Kafer led the group in singing songs from the Old Rumely Farm School.

Frank Rupert and Al and George Bronson, along with the help of others, set up the center for the convention.

John and Helen Bradley shared some insights into his father's work with Rumely exports. He displayed a Rumely paperweight and watch fob as well.

Larry Jones set up the dinner at the Legion. Bud Stambaugh sold copies of his book entitled Recollections of an Old Rumely Man.

The 18th annual Rumely LaPorte Convention will be held in LaPorte at the Swanson Center site adjoining the M&J Rumely Factory, March 18 and 19, 2000.