Edwards River Antique Engine Association

| June/July 1990

  • Tractor
    Feature tractor, 1936 J.D. A owned by Harold Wadham.

  • Tractor

North Henderson, Illinois 61466

The fourth annual show of the Edwards River Antique Engine Association was held on the weekend of June 17-18, 1989. The show was held at a new location: the New Windsor Rodeo Park in New Windsor, Illinois, which provided plenty of exhibit and parking space.

The feature tractor for 1989 was a 1936 John Deere A owned by Harold 'Shorty' Wadham of New Windsor, Illinois, one of the charter members of the Edwards River Club. The tractor is completely restored, repainted, and runs like new. Shorty can always be found wiping the dust off and polishing his tractor to make that green paint shine. He enjoys taking his tractors to local parades to show them off.

This year's feature engine, a 5 HP Fairbanks-Morse owned by John Brodd of Moline, Illinois, is a very nicely restored and excellent running engine. John plans to display this and other engines he owns on the bed of a 1 1/2 ton Reo truck of the 1940's vintage.

There were over 80 engines on display. The sound of engines at work could be heard as they labored away doing various demonstrations. This brought back many memories of days gone by to the older folks and an interesting sight to the young.

We had over 75 tractors displayed by club members as well as other antique tractor buffs of the area. The tractors paraded on both afternoons as the president's wife's tractor ran out of gas and needed a tow. Luckily, a spare tractor and chain were handy. Spectators watched from the bleacher seats as many tractors paraded through the rodeo arena with the announcer having a comment about each one.