A Minnesota Heritage Renewed

| August/September 1997

YT-2 cylinder M-M tractor

1937 YT-2 cylinder M-M tractor, Serial No. 63002. This was the second one built, and is owned by Charlie Schleeve from LeSueur, Minnesota.

Rt. I, Box 139, Le Center, Minnesota 56057

It looks like a special kind of gold will be bringing people to southern Minnesota the weekend of August 22, 23, 24, 1997. It is not the real gold that these visitors are looking for it is 'prairie gold,' the name given to the color that distinguishes Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment from other tractors and equipment.

A group of Minneapolis Moline fans, from all over the United States, England and Canada, formed the 'Minneapolis Moline Collector's Club.' They get together and share knowledge, memorabilia, parts and many more things about Minneapolis Moline and the companies which preceded Minneapolis Moline. These companies were the Twin City Company, Minneapolis Threshing Machine and Moline Plow Company. These machines were painted a more conservative color gray and red.

The Collector's Club hosts two conventions per year. A winter show is held the last full weekend in February. The summer show is held in conjunction with antique power threshing shows somewhere in the United States.

The Amana Colonies at Homestead, Iowa, hold an annual Homestead Implement Reunion on Father's Day weekend. This is the home of the Homestead Implement store, which supplied Minneapolis Moline machinery for many years in the colonies. This is a real fun time, with all the interesting shops and good German food.

The governing body of the Minneapolis Moline Collectors consists of seven officers and directors, living throughout the United States.