| January/February 1971

  • Russell Outfit
    Courtesy of Leroy Quandt, Ryder, North Dakota 58779.
    Leroy Quandt
  • Bill Grimley
    Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Cheraw, S. C. 29520.
    Robert Rogers

  • Russell Outfit
  • Bill Grimley

Ryder, North Dakota 58779.

The area around Makoti had a late season in 1970. Spring work was about to go into full swing when three feet of snow fell beginning April 13. This delayed spring seeding until the last part of May. Harvest began the last of August but was delayed by rain until the last part of September. After several date changes the show dates of October 10 and 11 were finalized.

The week before the show was cloudy and cool with the temperature hovering between 25 and 45. It was hard to generate enthusiasm for the show. The hard core members of the organization plodded on doggedly making preparations of the show. The first day of the show remained cloudy and cold and spirits remained low although nearly a thousand people attended the show. Sunday morning the sun came out bright, the wind became a light breeze just right for draught for the steam engines. By 3 PM the temperature had risen to about sixty above. An estimated eight thousand people came to see the parade and show.

We had been surrounded by snow storms on every side the week before the show. In some directions the snow was less than fifty miles from Makoti.

The parade this year consisted of about one hundred fifteen units. About half of the units are the old kerosene tractors representing 25 different makes. Of these, the Rumely had the largest number with nine; next was Case with five models.

Here for the first time was a 1909 30-60 Hart Parr purchased this spring at a farm auction sale near Hallo way, Minnesota. Ed Dobrinski and Wayne Jones worked furiously the week after harvest to get the tractor running by show time. Glenn Ness, Minot, drove his 1912 Model E Oilpull which Dorance Heise, Ryder, had put in running order during the summer. The addition to the show of these two more big 30-60 tractors brought the total to nine. The tractors rated 30-60 or larger.


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