Special Potato model GP Widetread P-5075 owned by Terry Ploughe, Tipton, Indiana. Photo taken at Frankfort, Indiana by John F. Harris.
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.
The only steam we had at the show this year was a miniature traction engine. One member collects corn planters. A couple of the members collect old and unusual wrenches. Other members have old grain drills, wagons, plows, and all kinds of old things. One fellow had a nice collection of Allis Chalmers tractors there.
Our club and the Mid-America Club of Tipton, Indiana work closely together, and many of us go both places to show our tractors. Of course, they have a much bigger show with over 200 tractors, 8 or 10 steam engines and plowing, discing, and planting demonstrations with tractors, steam, and horses.
Our show, held in July every year, will have to become independent of the 4-H fair if we grow any more we have just about outgrown our designated area. We are pleased with this growth and the progress our club has made.