A Family Affair

| June/July 1994

  • Jim Bogedain and Dale Stevens
    Jim Bogedain and Dale Stevens at Local 602 's show in Anderson, Indiana.
  • A display of our engines
    A display of our engines.
  • The Big 50 steam engines circled
    'The Big 50,' made of steam engines circled by antique tractors, in preparation for NTA's 50th Reunion June 22-26, 1994, in Wauseon, Ohio.

  • Jim Bogedain and Dale Stevens
  • A display of our engines
  • The Big 50 steam engines circled

11550 Trost Road Ida, Michigan 48140

In June of 1974, I was invited to attend the National Threshers Association annual reunion for the first time. Little did I know that it would have such an impact on my life. I have read different articles about a dreaded disease or the 'fever' that some people get inflicted with. Well, I got the symptoms on my first visit and have never recovered. It has affected not only me, but my whole family as well.

After attending the NTA Reunion and other shows I discovered a 1939 John Deere 'B' that needed a lot of TLC. When this tractor was completed, my wife and I and her family started showing that J.D. 'B' and their 1946 IHC 'B'. We would show at the NTA and participated in local parades with these two tractors.

When at the NTA Reunion, the family almost has a reunion of its own, with aunts and uncles and even friends and neighbors attending. Most of us camp there and participate for the entire event.

The year my father lost his battle to cancer, I lost my showing partner.

Needless to say I quit exhibiting. I even sold the 'B.' I bought several others but parted with them before the restoration was complete. Even though I quit exhibiting, the family continued to attend the NTA.


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