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Museum Dream Comes True

| September/October 1998

Agricultural Memories Museum 1110 Townline Road Penn Yan, New York 14527

I have wanted to tell you our story for a long time. This is how it all began: My parents, Vern and Hannah Johncox, started collecting in the early 1960s. They collected horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, all makes of tractors and gasoline engines. We participated in the local parades, fairs, and gasoline engine shows in New York and Pennsylvania. Up to 1981 we bought and sold, and the collection grew by leaps and bounds. Then the worst possible thing happened. My father became very ill, and in two weeks passed away in 1981.

In 1987, I married to Hilbert (Jeff) Jensen. In 1989, my mother, my husband and I decided it was time to sell the farm at auction. We sorted through over two hundred gasoline engines, seventy tractors, and over two hundred carriages and sleighs. We kept the John Deere line of two-cylinder tractors, and sold over forty tractors at the auction consisting of Oliver, Case, McCormick-Deering, and Fordson. We sold some miscellaneous farm items, and kept eighty-three gasoline engines. The horse-drawn carriages and sleighs have been sold off gradually.

In 1990 a building 48' x 128' was built at 1110 Townline Road, Penn Yan, and the remaining collection was moved. In 1992 we built our two-story home. In 1994, we built a 40' x 40' insulated workshop to do all our own restoration work in.

It was always the wish of my parents to open a museum one day to show the public their collection. On May 21, 1998, that dream came true. We have over 40 horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, over thirty John Deere two-cylinder tractors, and over eighty gasoline engines. We also have a small display of our toy collection. The museum was dedicated to my parents on May 23, 1998, with a small ceremony. My mother is still very active in our lives.

My parents helped save part of our heritage, and we thank them. For more information on museum, call us at (315)536-1206. Come see us!


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