The Harold Hartman Collection

WD 45 Allis Chalmers diesels tractor

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Box 143 Strawberry Point, Iowa 52076.

I know of no one as devoted to his tractor collection as my 73 year old father, Harold Hartman, R. R., Strawberry Point, Iowa. He is a WWII veteran, still an active farmer, and a retired rock quarry owner of 44 years.

Dad started his collection decades ago, focusing on giving his grandchildren and himself a hobby to last for many years. After raising five daughters, he especially enjoys his grandson's interest in the tractors.

Very seldom is there a show, parade or tractor pull in northeast Iowa that doesn't include one or all of Dad's tractors. Strawberry Days, Dyersville parade, Dundee Days, Aurora 4th of July Celebration, and the Dubuque County Fair are a few 1992 examples.

The highlight of our year takes place in September, at the Plowman Barn Antique Show, on a farm south of Guttenberg, Iowa. It's a three day show with threshing, rock crushing, log splitting, soap making, cedar shingling, a blacksmith at work, etc. Some of the finest tractors are on display. Dad's tractors participate in the displays, tractor pull, slow tractor race, crank start contest, wagon backing contest, and barrel pushing race (an event which I entered last year).

At this time the Harold Hartman tractor collection includes 19 tractors16 collector and three still used for field work. These are two Olivers and one Massey Harris all made in the 1960s. His first and most sentimental antique tractor is a 1935 WC Allis Chalmers which my grandfather, A. H. Hartman, purchased new. Other antiques include a 1937 C Case with a hand brake and clutch, 1937 B John Deere, 1939 RC Allis Chalmers, 1941 WC Allis Chalmers, 1941 Farmall, 1942 SC Case, 1947 C Allis Chalmers, 1947 2N Ford (Mom's favorite), 1947 VAC Case (This is the only tractor I have a picture of my camera-shy dad on), 1949 FC Farmall, 1953 Massey Harris (pictured), 1954 WD Allis Chalmers, 1955 Ford 800.

Last, but not least, are my two favorites, a pair of WD 45 Allis Chalmers diesels. The one pictured is a 1955 purchased many years ago. It's a sentimental tractor also because his deceased son-in-law was the first to pull it in a tractor pull over 15 years ago. The other diesel is a 1956 purchased and restored last year. The plow will be restored this year. Who do you know who has two Allis WD diesels that have been restored and actually run? I've heard it's quite an accomplishment!

Dad also has a small engine in the collection for which he and his grandson, Randy, put together a portable water pump. It's usually pulled behind one of the tractors in parades.

If you were to visit the farm, you'd find Dad watching tractor video tapes, reading tractor books or magazines, or just tinkering with the collection. He belongs to the Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association, Northeast Iowa Antique Association, and last year's newly formed Allis Connection, for which he won an 'Allis-Chalmers Presents Loretta Lynn'album for naming the club.

Our family is both very proud and fortunate to have a father and mother who provide us with a hobby the whole family can enjoy.

Thanks, Mom, for putting up with us, your cooking and organizing are priceless! Thanks, Dad, for giving us so much to enjoy in life and for keeping this family close! We love you both!