One thing that makes MM tractors interesting to collect is that there are so many different ones. If one collects Fordsons, with four or five you have them all; and they were made for 20 years.
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With the summer antique engine shows over for the season, it is now time to sit back, relax, and recall the pleasure we had in attending. Some of these events were outstanding in their uniqueness; although we did expect to find the usual, and still entertaining, threshing, saw milling, etc.
It was possible for me to make the ten hour trip from Dayton to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where collectors of Minneapolis Moline equipment had a fine display. It was easy to locate this group because of the large, colorful tent used to shelter the display of Roger Mohr. Around the tent were over thirty beautifully restored pieces of equipment. Naturally the Minneapolis Moline Prairie Gold tractors dominated the scene. Several gray Twin City tractors were part of the show.
Roger Mohr's newly restored ZTX was the center of attraction. The GTI MM owned by Harold Priest was a rare and interesting tractor. Lloyd Monroe was very proud of his very nice MTM 39-57. Harold Schwartz-rock of Charles City rode around on his rare two-cylinder Moline Universal. Almost all of the tractors participated in the daily parades. Clint Kenyan from Missouri is knowledgeable about the MM tractors and did an out standing job in his narration which contributed much to the parade's interest.
Several collectors, including the Shimas and Jerry Erickson, had very educational displays for people to enjoy.
With the bright sunshine and the many Prairie Gold caps worn, it was a very colorful sight.
The banquet was attended by over one hundred enthusiastic collectors. MM collectors appear to be the most gung ho of all collectors; they are sure that they collect the best and the most beautiful.
After an interesting talk by Jim Janssen from the White-New Idea Farm Equipment Co. the group voted to have a winter meeting at Madison, Wisconsin, 27 February 1988, at the Holiday Inn Southeast.
The Hart Parr and Oliver tractors were featured by Antique Acres this year. Over thirty of these tractors were parked near the MM tractors, making it easy to compare design changes made through the years. It was evident that the Olivers had not had the careful attention in restoration when compared to the MMs. Here it is easy to see what organizing the collectors can do. The clubs foster communication among the collectors, help in locating parts, equipment, and memorabilia.
The Cedar Falls Show had several real drawing cards. The most notable was the contribution of the Smalisk Brothers with their 40-140 Reeves, Case 80, and Phoenix Log Hauler. Ray Smalisk stated that they paid $1000 for the Case 80 and $3800 for the Reeves. Ray is a fine man and a real supporter of the Antique Acres Show.
Another interesting display at the show was John Ruth's mud pumps. These fine old pumps really move the water. . .and mud, too.
The farm toys are becoming a big collector item, and they are beautiful. Gene Ficken and Lowell Bursse had fine displays at the show.
The Polka Club of Iowa, dressed in colorful costumes, did some great dancing to the music of a real Polka band.
The Minneapolis Moline collectors decided to take their prized possessions and head for the Camp Creek Antique Tractor and Machinery Show, 17-18 July 1988. This is 35 miles west of Omaha, Nebraska. Dwayne Starr said they would really show us a good time.
It is too bad that there has been a split between the collectors of MM equipment. Another display of these tractors was held at Charles City, Iowa, the following week. I couldn't make both shows being so far from home, but I missed seeing my friends that elected to go there. It all came about because the majority of the collectors wanted to have an organization with officers, and one influential person didn't want this. Isn't it too bad when anger and envy enter into a fun organization filled with comradery and good fellowship?