The Johnny Popper Sang Out In Marion, Ohio

'Old '79' was the 79th John Deere tractor

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The old familiar one note 'farm song' of the Johnny Poppers rang out across the Marion County Fair-ground over Father's Day weekend in 1993 as the Ohio Two-Cylinder Clubs held a meet in conjunction with the Marion County Steam and Gas Engine Show.

As some readers may know, Earl Scott, president of the Marion County Steam and Gas Engine Society, has had some serious health problems but is recovering his health nicely now. He and Don Willson, acting president, worked together to set up a beautiful and orderly display of antique John Deere tractors (made up of around 300 units) complete right down to yellow flowers in planters marking the entry to the tent.

Set up inside the tent was 'Old 79,' the John Deere tractor owned by Frank and Irene Hansen of Rolling stone, Minnesota. Old 79 was the 79th John Deere tractor manufactured (1916-1919) but the only known 'original' John Deere four cylinder tractor to survive intact. Mr. Hansen presented, in carefully authenticated documentation, the history of this tractor and was on hand to tell how he accidentally found this relic while on a fishing trip. Once sold for the junk price of $5.00 it has been currently appraised at more than $1,000,000.

Another highly unusual exhibit was the experimental prototype '101,' currently valued at over $30,000. Production of the '101' was scuttled when the United States became involved in World War II. It is a two-cylinder tractor intended to cultivate one row crops and to pull a single 14 inch plow. While it never made it into production, many of its mechanical innovations were used in later models.

Two unique John Deere 8020s were on hand. Consecutively numbered, serial number 1000 is owned by Mike and Rick Hoffman of Richwood, Ohio, and number 1001 is owned by Dale Walton, who also owns Wyandot Tractor and Implement of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The 1001 was the first 8010 to come to Ohio and was displayed at Richwood at the Farm O'Rama which grew into Ohio's present day Farm Science Review. It came with an eight bottom mounted plow which, when lifted hydraulically, rose to the height of a telephone pole. Problems developed with this model and all the 8010s were recalled and reissued as the 8020s after modifications had been made.

J. D. Beiloples exhibited a nice assortment of John Deere pedal tractors and corn shelters. Ron and Shirley Jungmeyer of Missouri displayed a 1962 LI industrial tractor. Robert Dufel of Waterloo, Iowa, brought an early John Deere BR, and Tom Scherry brought his model MI tractor.

'Old '79' was the 79th John Deere tractor built (1916-1919) with a huge 4-cylinder engine. It is owned by Frank and Irene Hansen of Rollingstone, Minnesota, and is currently valued at $1,000,000.

Kenny Smith, once a partner in Smith and Kramer Implement, a John Deere dealership in Marion, is an avid John Deere collector. He displayed 22 tractors at the show. Kramer Implement, as it is now known, displayed a 1993 model 8770 John Deere tractor which ...nicely the old to the new tractors. Miller Implement of Delaware, Ohio, and Parrot Implement of Richwood, Ohio, both John Deere dealerships, kindly supplied John Deere shuttle tractors for our use.

A John Deere '39 B on display was up and running while sitting atop three Coca Cola bottles and attracted lots of attention. A John Deere 840 two-cylinder Earth Mover with a self-loading Hancock Pan mounted in the rear, and John Deere MC and BO bulldozers on tracks were exhibited. Also displayed was an unstyled John Deere L model 62 industrial with a sickle bar mower, a John Deere two disc plow, subsoilers in two sizes and moldboard plows. 'Big John' and 'Little John' garden tractors and John Deere garden tractors in five colors white, red, orange, blue, and traditional green were on hand. These were available in the late 1970s.

Earl Scott displayed his 1940 HN, one of only 1007 manufactured, as well as his 1950 BN high clearance tractor and his GN with a 104 inch rear axle.

Silver King tractors will be the 1994 show feature. We welcome all Silver King collectors to come and display their tractors at this show. Also featured will be International gas engines. Contact Howard Hinnamon if you would like to take part at (614) 382-4781.

In line with the family atmosphere of our show, Jeff Willson, Don and Marilyn's son, presided over a pork- chop roast for two hundred plus John Deere exhibitors, instead of a formal banquet. It was held on the infield before the groups held their meetings on Saturday. The Scotts, the Willsons and the Society provided this dinner. Several vendors who supply only John Deere para-phernalia were set up on the infield convenient to the collectors' displays.

Many other fine examples of antiques commonly found around the farmsteads in earlier times were evident everywhere. Some displays were located in the restored log cabin with its own special hand-lettered history prominently hung on a rough hewn wall. Eddie Gulliford cooked open kettle style, and his food was very popular. A large display of Huber equipment was arrayed across the 'green,' and a display inside the cabin pointed out that the Edward Huber Memorial Association is raising funds for the Huber Museum which we hope to dedicate at the Society's 1995 Steam and Gas Engine Show. Contact Anna May Schwaderer, president of the Huber Association, at 649 Columbus-Sandusky Road South, Marion, Ohio 43302, or call (614) 389-1098 for more information.

A National Kiddie Tractor Pull was held for the little ones. We had one of our best ever Fiddler's Contests on Friday night, and Saturday's entertainment was fantastic as the Buckeye Harmonica Band and the Down Towners performed to record crowds. This year our food vendors and our flea market offered great variety.

As in past years, the Society offered a limited edition feature toy truck bank to commemorate the Two-Cylinder Club's participation. If interested contact Emma Winck, 580 Cleveland Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302, (614) 383-4781.

Our Society welcomes groups who come by bus. Tours including our show and some or all of the attractions Marion has to offer, including President Harding's home; the Popcorn Museum and Charlie Sens' new Antique Automobile Museum, can be arranged through the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce, 206 South Prospect Street, Marion, Ohio 43302, (614) 382-2181. Marion City Airport is three miles from the fairgrounds; for a courtesy ride call 382-6863 during show office hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy good shopping and many fine restaurants, 'Bed and Breakfast' homes and many excellent motels. We'd sure be pleased if you would spend Father's Day weekend with us in 1994- Come by the office to say hello!