RD 2, Box 125 A Mendota, Illinois 61342
The M-M Collectors Club winter convention is now history but the
fond memories linger on. It all started Friday morning, February
23. There was a wonderful tour through the Del Monte canning
factory. The crowd was bigger than we anticipated. At the same time
there was a display of 56 pieces of machinery at Kaiser Implement
Company in Mendota. What a display! Carol Kerchner and Ruth Tostad
served coffee and cookies to a record breaking crowd. We are sure
people came out of the woodwork. Such organization, Wilbert!
Meanwhile back at the Day’s Inn the displays were rolling
in. Rita Doty registered 301 people and a lot got away. Lucy Koch
handed out 243 banquet tickets and Sharon Funfsinn sold $211.00
worth of raffle tickets on an M M afghan. Everyone worked at
keeping the cookie tray filled and that was a job in itself. The
displays were great, guys and gals! Thanks!
Saturday morning’s snow storm didn’t slow the pace a
bit. The tractors were still on display at Kaiser’s with
another big crowd. The committee worked at checking in items for
the auction. Clint Kenyon conducted a paint workshop which all the
fellows really enjoyed. A job well done, Clint. At 9:00 a.m. Sharon
Funfsinn and Rita Doty welcomed all the ladies to a program
‘Brides Through Time.’ Nine wedding and bridesmaid dresses
were displayed, along with several picture albums and photos.
Several ladies shared memories of their weddings, first dates,
honeymoons, etc. Are Charlie and Gerry Slune still finding cake
crumbs in their trunk? It was a fun time, ladies. Thanks to all who
At 1:00 p.m. sharp the auction was underway, conducted by Darwin
and Betty Croiscent of Croiscent Auction Service. Several M M
collectors helped make it a great success.
At 7:30 p.m. the halls were full, natives were restless, food
was ready. 243 people enjoyed a beautiful buffet dinner. Our absent
minded M.C., George Yokiel (only kidding, George), introduced our
speaker, Dean Hedges, who was a serviceman with M M for many years.
A business meeting was held, door prizes awarded and the winter
convention of 1990, the best ever, came to a close.
Special thanks to Wilbert Kerchner and his wife Carol for making
the 1990 show one we’ll never forget. Everyone on the
committee, you know who you are, from the bottom of our hearts,