Photos courtesy of Kim C. Spaulding.
East Pepperell, Massachusetts 01437
The fifth annual Antique Engine and Tractor Crank-up was held on July 8, 1979, at the town field in Pepperell, Massachusetts on Route Ill. We were gifted again with a very nice hay day. There were exhibitors from all the New England states.
I would like to give the readers of this fine magazine the history behind the Pepperell meet. Back in 1975, Pepperell was about to observe their 200th birthday. The town meeting appropriated funds to celebrate the occasion and also to have a committee formed to organize the years' activities. Articles appeared in the local paper asking for ideas on events for the coming year, etc. Jim Dunn and I were approached to sponsor an antique engine meet. We said that we would, and got busy to spread the word of the first annual meet with postcards, advertisement in this magazine and also articles in the local newspaper. We were very pleased to say the least, with the number of exhibitors and general enthusiasm that the first meet generated, so we decided to continue an annual meet for ourselves and everyone to enjoy and appreciate.
I have found that those following gas engine meets are very down-to-earth, realistic, plain old honest-to-goodness people, and I am proud to be a part of them. Jim and I run our meet on a break even basis. We sell the buttons to cover the expenses. We give the exhibitors a ribbon which is our token of appreciation for their interest in our show. This year we had approximately 150 engines and 12 tractors, most of which are restored to perfection. They certainly are a sight to behold, all painted, polished and tuned.
All of this work is to preserve the machines of the past for the present and future generations to enjoy. It makes one realize the ingenuity that our forefathers had when they invented these machines to help make America the great land which it is.
Again this year we had several working exhibits where an engine or a tractor was powering a piece of machinery. Due to the generous efforts of Milton Richardson from West Brookfield, Massachusetts, we had a very primitive wooden framed shingle mill that turned out excellent shingles. The shingles were given to the spectators throughout the day. The mill was powered by Jim Dunn's G.P.O. John Deere and my 10/20 McCormick-Deering tractors. There were many engines and tractors that deserve recognition. I will relay to you readers that I for one really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into the beautiful restoration of all these fine displays.
Jim Dunn and I want to thank everyone who took the time and effort to exhibit at this year's show. Our sincere thanks are also extended to Jack Carroll for his many hours of work doing all the art work; Bob Willson for moving our tractors and the use of his ramp truck to load and unload tractors and machinery; John Blood for wood, machinery, front end loader tractor, and dump truck; and to my wife, Martha and daughter, Rebecca and Jim's children for running the registration table. Again, thanks to all that made our fifth annual meet a success.