Enid Antique Power


| September/October 1994



Old farm equipment parts

1713 E. Walnut Enid, Oklahoma 73701

The engine Frank Sr. and his brother Joe Skrdla built in 1917 from old farm equipment parts, using a 1916 model T Ford as an example.

Our tenth annual showing of tired old iron was held Saturday October 2, 1993, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Under sunny skies and a great atmosphere, we had our last show of the season. Ours is a one day event for a final get together of the area old iron enthusiasts before putting our toys away for the winter.

Among the many and varied enthusiasts were Jim Lewis of Del City, Oklahoma, with his collection of model gasoline engines that he built himself, and the Unruh brothers, Dean and Marlin, and their Big Bessy. Big Bessy is a 65 HP, 1937, two-cylinder, two-cycle Cooper Bessemer oil field engine. Attendance was good for the local Model T Ford Club again this year. Our local club has some mighty pretty Model T Fords that couldn't have looked that good when Henry Ford ran them off his assembly line. We also had other vehicles like Harold Cooper's 1930 Reo Flying Cloud Coupe and Herman Moore's excellent 1940 Diamond T 1 ton farm grain truck. Jim White was present with his blacksmith setup in operation, displaying samples of the skills of a first rate blacksmith. Ron Schulz was there with his scaled down model hay baler in action powered by a 1 HP John Deere E.

Our choice for our annual 'King of Old Iron' award this year went to John L. Holden, a well deserving man from Blackwell, Oklahoma. Misfortune came his way late in the winter of 1993 when he was struck down by a major stroke and put out of operation. John is a fine man who thoroughly enjoyed the shows and took a lively part. Everyone knew John and his trailer load of engines, with some modified to make a little extra noise. The shows aren't the same without him and I think everyone would like to see him return. Lewis Clonts of Blackwell accepted the plaque for John and delivered it to him at the rest home in Blackwell.

We have Stan Melrose, a member of our group who is a singer, who deserves honorable mention here. Stan had his equipment set up and entertained everyone with his talents during the midday hour of the show. Stan entertains at various functions in the area, and as a member of our old iron group he graciously accepted the request to sing at this show for us.