Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association

| October/November 2000

Member EDGE & TA Board of Directors 901 Thistle Ridge Court Arlington, Texas 76017

Last month we wrote of the new inductees to the EDGE&TA Hall of Fame. This month, we share some details on the two men newly brought in:

Harry Lee was born on a farm near Elnora, Indiana, in 1921. Like many children of his time, he helped out with farm chores and that laid the groundwork for his mechanical aptitude.

Harry gave new meaning to the term 'shade tree mechanic.' When Harry was 16 years old his father gave him an old four wheel cart to work, to which he added a one lung hit and miss gas engine. The cart went through many improvements, including automobile type steering and model 'T' wheels. That cart ended up lasting for many years.

Harry's collection has some of the most rare stock Farmall tractors around. He began to think just what else could be done to represent the development of his favorite line, Farmall. Harry has built tractors that have one, two and three engines, which shows the creative mind that this gentleman has. He has been active in promoting our hobby all around the mid-east and as far south as Texas by using a 40-foot trailer loaded with tractors to get to these shows.

Harry has written many articles for national magazines about some of his creations, life on the farm, and farm shows. Harry Lee has also taken an active role in promoting the International Harvester Collectors' Club.

Dick Tombrink is a key member of EDGE&TA Branch 29. Dick serves as the club secretary, which includes many clerical assignments. As a Branch 29 member, Dick has been instrumental in membership growth and building construction.

His machinist skills have helped him restore a Case steam traction engine, a miniature steam engine, a Rumely OilPull, and stationary baler. Much of his equipment is used by the club for parades and exhibits. He also has involved his family in restorations of antique machinery.

Dick's contributions cross the entire spectrum of responsibilities, which has made him an indispensable club member and a valuable person to our hobby. Dick Tombrink is there to do the job and all of us will benefit for generations to come.


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