Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association Show


| July/August 1987

  • Bob Taylor of Logan
    Bob Taylor of Logan, OK on a 1916 Waterloo Boy 12-25 tractor owned by Donald Sell.

  • Bob Taylor of Logan

Rt 2, Box 19A, Perryton, Texas, 79070

There was a lot to see and a good crowd came for the Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association's 9th annual show held September 20-21, 1986. The show, only one of its kind in the Texas Panhandle, was held on the Donald Sell farm southeast of Perryton. The show, which gives a look at the way things used to be, has grown in popularity each year. It seems one of the best advertisers is people who come one year and return the next year bringing friends and relatives. Visitors often express surprise and delight at the quality and quantity of the show.

The grandstands were overflowing for the 1:30 p.m. parade each day which showed many of the vehicles in action. As each vehicle is driven before the grandstands, announcer Richard Sell tells a brief history about it. The parade features demonstrating the story of harvesting grain, beginning with a small hand cycle, long handled sythe, flail, cradle and sythe, and progressing on to the Ransomes and Sims Horse Power thrashing machine, the horse drawn Deering Ideal Reaper, and the header and barge. The story advances to tractor-powered combines, and the parade ends with an old time wheat thrashing demonstration using a steam engine and separator.

The various horse drawn equipment is always of special interest. This year John Stokes and Donald Maul, both of Pampa, brought six of their beautiful Belgium Draft horses to power the equipment.

The 1986 show featured John Deere equipment. Beginning with two 1916 Waterloo Boy tractors, the forerunner of John Deere, right on through the years to a new 1986 John Deere 4850 tractor, the lineup of tractors evidenced the change of progress. Each decade was represented with several different tractors. Several pieces of antique John Deere equipment were pulled by the old tractors, such as a 1924 3-disc plow which was used to break up the sod in years gone by and a 3-row Lister planter used during the dust bowl days.

Other tractors besides John Deere were on hand too, such as Avery, Little Bull, Flour City, Hart Parr, Mogul, Rock Island Heider, Massey, Titan, Twin City, McCormick, Case, Wallis, and numerous others.