Courtesy of Harry Bonnema, 411 9th Ave. S.W., Le Mars, Iowa 51031
411 9th Ave. S.W., Le Mars Iowa 51031
The Pioneer Machinery Club of Merrill, Iowa had a very good first season. We had a little show at the Merrill Town and Country Days. We also were invited to show at the Plymouth County Fair.
We had five old tractors and a lot of restored horse machinery. Mr. Lester Williams showed a 100 year old wooden corn planter, that had to be tripped by a person riding ahead of the driver. Mr. Williams also took the planter to the Iowa State Fair and won first prize in the Antique Machinery Class.
6 Hp. Aeromotor Gas Engine owned by Frank Bogenrief of Hinton, Iowa. This engine was used to power an inside elevator and never sat outside. It is in like new condition. The Twin City tractor in rear came from the same place and is like new. Wally Miller is the owner.
Lester Williams and his like new Fordson Tractor at the Pioneer Machinery Club Show.
The Pioneer Machinery Club is growing a little at every meeting and all the fellows surely enjoy the meetings. At the September meet we had a display of old toys and had some 30 pieces. Mr. Jach Valtman of LeMars and Leo Eason of Orange City had toy steam models in action. Mr. Paul Jacobson had a ?/3 scale model of a 6 Hp. Fairbanks-Morse gas engine.
Next year our town of LeMars, Iowa will be 100 years old and we are planning a really good show.
Wagon seeder and cultivator at Plymouth County Fair - by Pioneer Machinery Club. Trailer load of gas engines and a small steam engine. Drag cart - 100 year old planter sulkey plow at Plymouth County Fair.
A Fordson and a G. P. John Deere at the Pioneer Machinery Club Show. Spies Bros. Coop of Hinton, Iowa and a 65 Case steamer - Wally Miller. Display at Plymouth County Fair at Le Mars. Barbwire on panelsin foreground.