PARTNERS IN HISTORY
UAW Local 662 2025 Hillcrest Drive Anderson,Indiana 46012
While some collectors were busy celebrating the beginning of a new millennium during the wintertime, many were busy sanding away the rust, oiling parts, repainting those dulled parts, and polishing, so once more they could show their tractors and gas engines in near-mint condition.
Passionately, 203 exhibitors registered to display their treasures at the United Auto Workers Region Three Antique Tractor and Trade Show, June 1-3, 2000.
The year 2000 finally presented the show with a weather-perfect Indiana weekend, and crowds from all over the United States.
The Marion County fairgrounds, located southeast of Indianapolis, was the site for this year's show. The UAW Gas Engine and Tractor Show originated at UAW Local 662 in Anderson, Indiana, but has been combined with the UAW Corporate/Employer Trade Fair, and is made possible by Region Three UAW, Terry Thurman, Director.
While preparing this article it has come to me how the workers in industry and the farmers are really 'partners in history.' Many of the workers in our plants have come from the farm, where good work ethics are formed. They have taken pride in producing implements and tools to go back onto the farm, then the farmers purchase those tractors and implements and the cycle repeats itself. Now, many of those 'farm boys' working in industry are collecting and restoring those tractors and gas engines that were once used by them or their dad and grandfather.
So many stories were heard while we were at the UAW Region Three Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show. With the National Antique Ford Tractor Association having their 2000 National Show, and the Shaw Du-All Garden Tractors Club having their National Meet, we got to hear many new stories and share in the pride they had in carrying on their heritage. With that, it gave us more pride in our own heritage. Let me share a few of those stories with you.
One of the Fordson tractors, AF American on hard rubber displayed by Glenn Birk of Mankato, Minnesota, had its wheels painted so the airplanes could see it on the landing field as they came into the air base in Duluth, Minnesota, during World War II.
Donald and Janet Kendig, Fairborn, Ohio, exhibited a 1964 4000 Ford that had been purchased new by the owner's father.
Roger Farst, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, exhibited a 1952 Ford 8N that his father had bought in 1952, which he has now restored.
Gene and Marjorie Speelman, Houston, Ohio, bought their first Shaw Du-All about eight years ago. They started going to shows in 1996 when the National Show was at Galesburg, Kansas. They have the largest and smallest riding Shaw Du-All tractors, and several in-between sizes. Several prizes have been received for their best-unrestored walk-behind models. Mrs. Speelman said the Bush Hog Company had bought out the Shaw Company.
Another Shaw Du-All exhibitor was Lester Crouch, Burlington, Iowa. He will host the National Shaw Du-All Show in 2001.
Clifford Bridgford, Litchfield, New Hampshire, founder and president of the National Shaw Du-All Club, said his father bought a Shaw Du-All when he was about 13 years old to help plow snow and work the family garden. He found it a good working machine to help make the load light. About 10 years ago he put an ad in GEM to try to find more information about the machine, and the collection just sort of happened after that.
Bernard Hatchett, Nashville, Indiana, brought his 54 pedal tractors. He said he started collecting them just because he likes them. They sure do catch the eye of the children.
A total of 235 gas engines were displayed. I like the gas engines because they bring back memories of when I went to the pasture with my grandpa to pump water for the cattle.
This year we recorded exhibitors from 26 states, Canada and 39 Local Unions. We had 152 Ford tractors, 166 miscellaneous classic tractors, 81 Shaw Du-All, 235 gas engines, and 20 miscellaneous displays. The miscellaneous displays, i.e., hog oiliers, tools, and an eggbeater, add a lot of interest to the show.
On Saturday afternoon 300 people shared in a hot dog and bean supper. Jim Wilhoit from Markleville, Indiana, had cooked the beans in a big cast iron pot. Also on Saturday afternoon, the Central Indiana Antique Tractor and Engine Association from Noblesville, Indiana, conducted a tractor pull with 85 hooks competing.
Winner of the fully restored 1952 8N Ford tractor was Susan Harrington from Marion, Indiana; winner of the 2000 Saturn automobile was James Fannin from Morehead, Kentucky; and winner of the Ford wall clock was Dave Arthur from Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Next year we will feature Co-Op tractors and Maytag gas engines, so get your Co-Ops and Maytags ready to bring to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Remember, this show is where old friends and new friends meet. Have a good year!