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Menno Pioneer Heritage Association


| March/April 2001

52341 875 Road Winnetoon, Nebraska 68789

On September 24, I loaded up my story-telling box and headed for Menno, South Dakota, crossed the new 12.4 million dollar bridge that is 2,953 feet long and crosses the Missouri River, saving me a bunch of miles compared to what it was before it was put in.

A movie company was there filming the Lewis and Clark expedition. They were loading supplies on their keelboat. This film will be shown later on at IMAX theaters. They had one lane of the bridge blocked where they had their cameras set up.

I could only be at Menno one day. My job there was telling stories of old times in a one room school, set up on the grounds. I didn't have a lot of time to look around, but what I saw was good.

The featured tractors and trucks were International Harvester, and there were a lot of them, plus gas engines. Special feature from the South Dakota Ag Museum was a 1915 8K Mogul, a one cylinder kerosene tractor very well restored. Also there were International trucks and one very special R-200, a 1953 in very good shape.

Also there were the usual gas engines and 'The Independent,' a 4 HP sideshaft. The man who owned it said he had to trade ten other engines to get it. Also on hand were a Worthington 1 HP; the Gade 1904 air-cooled; Domestic 4 HP; R&V 6 HP; my old buddy had his braiding machine with 32 spools, a New England powered by a 1 Associated.


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