Minneapolis-Moline Collectors Winter Convention

| October/November 1992

4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424

We didn't want the good times to end at the Geneseo, Illinois, Minneapolis-Moline Collector's Winter Convention, February 20-23, 1992. About three hundred enthusiastic 'Old Iron Nuts' converged on the Deck Motor Inn to renew relationships and build new ones. It looked like the preacher had been paid since the weather was fine for such an event.

It was a natural move to the Hospitality Suite after checking in. You guessed right, Jerry Erickson was all set up with his vast array of literature; Joe Klovine had many parts. Charlie Schleeve brought many items and Alvin Egbert was quick to buy up the lights. The usual highlight of the Hospitality Room is the wonderful literature display of president Dan Shima and his wife Delores. Roger Mohr was proudly showing off his new beautiful wife, Marie, as he displayed his newest model MM tractor and newer tractor decals.

Dale and Sharon Casteel hosted the convention and everyone could see the professional job they did. Early on, the attendees drove the short distance to the Casteel farm to their fine collection. Sharon provided a fine spread of goodies while Dale tried to explain how he found the time to restore along with grain and livestock farming. It was worth the trip to see Casteel's Minneapolis-Moline Experimental tractor.

William 'Bill' Ellis is an engineer for the Army at the Rock Island Arsenal. Eighteen years ago the bug bit him with his first acquisition. Since then many fine additions have been made to his collection of military, industrial and unusual MM pieces. These we enjoyed seeing at Taylor Ridge, a village you could throw a rock across, halfway between his home in Moline and his farm. Requiring a close look, was his 1210 cubic inch MM power unit, two 605 engines side by side, made for the Navy.

E. F. Freeman from Tennessee chauffeured some of us to Ron and Lora Lea Miller's fine collection of Rumelys west of town. While there we had a good talk with Kirt Stein who has a collection of big old tractors in northwest Iowa.