A Message From The President
3510, Brooklake Rd. N.E., Brooks, Oregon 97303
BRANCH 14: This Branch was formed in 1985 and is located in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. Their membership stays at about 100 members and most are very active. Their main event is in September and is held in Salt Lake City. They also show in Vernal, Ogden, South Jordan and Riverton. Their members are made up of farmers and city boys. Their official name is the Utah Antique Machinery Association and their newsletter is called 'The Tired Iron News'. Their members boast that they feel that this engine club is the best that they have belonged to and they are having tons of fun.
Over the years there have been a great number of people who were very instrumental in the guidance and leadership of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. The EDGE&TA does not/nor has it ever had any paid officers. It is a pure dedication to the hobby and unselfishness on their part to help and to serve.
Dale M. Perrill, Rochester, Michigan and John M. Achey, Dresser, Wisconsin were the two people responsible for kick-starting the EDGE&TA and pushing it forward in the early years. The first officers elected were John Achey, president; Wendel Fertig, Larned, Kansas, vice-president; Alden R. Moural, Milton, Iowa, secretary and Dale Perrill, treasurer. The first annual meeting was held in Geneseo, Illinois and the following people were elected to office. Lester L. Roos, Geneseo, Illinois, president; F. L. Williams, Cordova, Illinois, vice-president; Alden R. Moural, secretary-treasurer; Howard Beese, Lockridge, Iowa, director west of Mississippi and Ellis M. Wellman, Erie, Pennsylvania, director east of the Mississippi. At the next meeting Dave Brochert, Makato, Minnesota was elected director east and Glenn W. Thomas, director west. John P. Wilcox, Columbus, Ohio was elected later to succeed Glenn Thomas.
In 1966 the following people were elected to office. They were Conrad O. Tritten, Minneapolis, Minnesota, president; Dick Carter, Campbells Port, Wisconsin, vice-president; and Karl Marquardt, Minneapolis, Minnesota, secretary-treasurer. The following year Ruben Michelson, Annamoose, North Dakota was installed as director west.
In 1968 Carl Kerkman, Newhall, Iowa became vice-president. 1968 Karl Marquardt designed the logo and 4 inch decal using a 2 HP Lauson-Lawton and a 45 HP IHC Mogul tractor as centerpiece. Mr. Marquardt is to be commended for this is the decal that is still in use today.
In 1969 Carl Kerkman was elected as president, Alton Rexin, Hughson, California became vice-president and Karl Marquardt was un-opposed for secretary-treasurer.
In 1971 Wilbur Skarr, Alameda, California was elected vice-president. In 1972 Tom Graves, Junction City, Oregon was elected president. The following year these people held office: Tom Graves, president; Lester Roos, vice-president; Carl Kerkman, secretary-treasurer; John Wilcox, director for the east and Harold Ottawa, Wichita, Kansas as director for the west.