| January/February 1986

  • GP Widetread P-5075
    Special Potato model GP Widetread P-5075 owned by Terry Ploughe, Tipton, Indiana. Photo taken at Frankfort, Indiana by John F. Harris.
  • 1933 GP Widetread
    1933 Factory Overhead Steering GP Widetread also owned by Terry Ploughe.

  • GP Widetread P-5075
  • 1933 GP Widetread

RR 6, Box 167, Frankfort, IN 46041

We have a club called the Clinton County Antique Machinery Club here at Frankfort, Indiana. The president is Larry Rogers, 209 N. East St., Frankfort, IN 46041. The secretary is Mrs. Pam Clements, RR 1, Box 237, Kirklin, IN 46050.

The club had its beginnings when some fellows brought a half dozen old restored tractors and one steam traction engine to show at the annual 4-H fair about 1980. It has been growing each year. This year we had about 95 tractors dating from about a 1923 Case and Fordson up into the 1950's. This was an increase of 30 to 35 tractors from last year.

The show is held in connection with the 4-H fair each year, and since most of the members and exhibitors work during the day, it is mostly an evening show. Each evening wheat was threshed in the three threshing machines, a Huber, an IHC, and Morgan's Case. Harold Smith powered the Case with his Case tractor. Then the straw was baled in Reid Knapp's stationary press powered by any tractor offered for use. There was a Baker fan to try tractors on. Then we would have a parade of antique tractors.

I had six of my John Deeres there this year, the three open fronts consisting of the 1937 Model A, 1937 Model B, and the 1941 Model G, plus the 1939 Model B, the 1944 Model B, and the 1944 model AR. There were 37 or 38 John Deere tractors there.

One Saturday afternoon in May several of the men of the club built a nice loading ramp. It has two different heightsone high one for regular flat-bed trucks and a low one for trailers and pick-ups.