Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc


| January/February 1991



Townsend tractor

Ron Sevart and his Townsend tractor at the Springfield Show.

President, R.R.2, Box 143, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

Hello Folks! Many more miles to Branches and some real good shows. By the time you read this the shows will be over and we can talk over all the things we did and should not have done. As usual we made a lot of new friends.

I didn't get to Branch #28 show at West Plains, Missouri, but met the president and his wife at Branch #32, at Clarksville, Arkansas. (Branch #16 Ozark Show at Republic or Springfield, as some call it.) Anyway it is in the Ozarks of Missouri. That is the branch that charters a bus and goes to the National at Oak Creek. They have done this several times I know of. They are the branch with the large stationary steam engines. They have a real good large boiler to power them. I think Charles told me this boiler was made in the forties. Looks like it is 5/8' plate and butt strap. Had good weather at #16 and a big show. They had something new there this season- Ron Sevart from #17 had his Townsend tractor running. It is quite a showpiece and a lot of people had never seen one nor heard of one.

This writer had a bit of luck at #16 show. I purchased a real nice 8 HP Witte cut off saw rig and, I may add, with no money! I had no checkbook with me as I had no intention of buying anything, especially good size. But another good old branch friend vouched for me that I was trustworthy so I got the rig. Thanks, Charles. The boys at #16 took care of it for me as I had no way to haul it home. I understand the man, Raymond Plaster from Arkansas grew up on a farm with engines and he sure did a beautiful job on this one. Another display at #16 was the biggest, nicest display of Maytag equipment I have ever seen. It belonged to Jerry Nance of Odessa, Missouri, my home town. (I was a few years ahead of him.)

We had to pull out of Springfield about 3:30 in the afternoon-had a 40th wedding anniversary to go to next day. J.B. Groff told me my Huber engine belonged to Earl Hood at Miller, Missouri. I looked at the map and figured we could go by Miller and not go out of our way. J.B. said that all the Hood family had left the town of Miller.

Well, when we pulled in, we saw a man at a shop working on a lawn mower. We told him what we were interested in. He sent us to another man and that man told us of another who could tell us about Earl Hood's engine. As we were going to find him, we stopped at a Dairy Queen to get refreshed. We saw four ladies at a corner table; one of them was running the place.