Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assoc. Inc.

| February/March 1992

Vice Pres. Rt 2, Box 167-A Republic, Missouri 65738

The National has three new officers this year. I thought this would be a good way to introduce your new officers through this article. This month I would like to feature Gus Peterson, director for the West Region.

Gus is 69 years young and has lived in Oregon all of his life. His residence is in the eastern part of the state with about 1200 acres of timber. Gus has been a Certified Tree Farmer since 1956. Gus and his wife Ruth have raised three boys, all married now; all three have chosen a life with some connection to machinery.

Gus has always liked machinery of any kind and was a mechanic in the Army. After the Army, Gus worked for a local Ford dealer for eight years. He then worked as a fleet mechanic for a rural electric power utility for 29 years before retiring in 1986.

Gus and Ruth both enjoy traveling so they use the annual National Meet as an excuse to travel. They have attended eleven Nationals, and will continue as long as possible. Ruth crochets while they travel. The Petersons belong to Branches 9, 12, and 15, being most active in Branch 12. Branch 12 is looking forward to hosting the National Meet in August of 1992.

Gus enjoys preserving and displaying his antique engine collection, which includes a New Way, a Maytag with a churn and a meat grinder, and various makes of engines.