As I See It


| September/October 1990


4777 Upper Valley Pike Dayton, Ohio 45424

The Minneapolis-Moline Collectors Winter Convention at Peru, Illinois, 23 February 1990, was reminiscent of the Case Winter Convention in 1988 at Burlington, Iowa, because of the big winter storm. This did not deter the diehard collectors as 100% showed for the room reservations at Days Inn. Most attendees arrived before the storm and left after the storm on Sunday.

Leaving wasn't all that easy as many of the cars needed a lot of engineering know-how to get started. Don Thoma jumped his Olds diesel from two cars simultaneously while holding a burning newspaper in the intake. Some cars needed a shot of starting fluid to offset the -14 degree chill factor. One of the men raised the hood of his pickup to see nothing but solid snow. The 50 mph blizzard packed the snow in everywhere.

Early arrivals had time to look over the beautiful display of fifty tractors at Kaiser Implement in Mendota and hobnob with Prairie Gold lovers. When Emerald Busse, the big Clydesdale breeder, was asked why he came, he said he collected old tractors too. What excuse did Doug Strawser have? He has barns full of Olivers and no MM's.



Wilbert Kerchner, for forty-one years a specialist in MM tractors at Mendota, Illinois, willingly was the host of the meeting. He had some excellent help from other Prairie Gold people in putting it all together. More tractors had been promised for the Mendota display but bad weather kept some away.

From the Kaiser buildings the people drifted over to the large Del Monte processing plant. Years ago the company farmed with hundreds of MM tractors but now the farm work is contracted with farmers in the area.