Carstens Farm Days

| January/February 1988

  • John Deere tractor
    Baling straw with Wayne Siebels' small John Deere baler.
    Lawrence and Jean Dittmer
  • 15 HP engine
    Lawrence Dittmer's 15 HP engine that originally ran a 36' grist mill in Missouri. No one knows for sure what kind of engine it is.
    Lawrence and Jean Dittmer

  • John Deere tractor
  • 15 HP engine

Compiled from information submitted by Harold V. Green, RR #1, Box 63, Avoca, Iowa 51521, and Lawrence and Jean Dittmer, Route #1, Box 26, Shelby, Iowa, 51570. Photos by Lawrence and Jean Dittmer.

The yearly showing off of the Carstens Farm, south of Shelby, Iowa, was again held this year on September 12-13, 1987. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend. There were a few clouds in the sky and a cool breeze from the north. Unlike many shows earlier this summer, it was cool. In July our area was at times : most uncomfortably hot.

Many friends and neighbors of the surrounding area participated in making the two-day show a success. As usual, this year a pin was given to all who entered the gate. This year's emblem was the 1949 D John Deere tractor. A very good showing of John Deere appeared at the farm to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of John Deere.

Such displays were present as Mr. Raleigh Woltmann's spoker D with his working tractor wheat binder. A favorite of all the John Deere equipment shown was Mr. Dale Schroder's wide tread G. P. with self-cleaning front wheels.

Not to demean the two beautiful John Deere Model B's shown by Mr. Wayne Siebels and Mr. Loren Schroder.

John Deere was not the only equipment shown. It is always a pleasure to see Dr. Edward J. Murphy and his 22-66 Advance Rumely made in 1919. 'Doc' just completed the restoration of this beautiful steam traction engine last year before show time.


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