Moving Day, 1997

| April/May 1998

P.O. Box 73, Prescott, Iowa 50859

We had planned to take an early retirement from Nebraska Public Power District in northwest Nebraska, and move to our farm in southwestern Iowa, near the small village of Prescott.

The next big decision, when your hobby is collecting antique tractors, engines, and of course a few antique cars, is whether to move or sell the collection. We decided to move our prized possessions.

I thought it might be interesting for readers to see what transpired into quite a task and expense when you move 620 miles. If  I move again, I would probably move only the toy tractor collection.

We had a new Morton building constructed to house the better antiques, and had to coordinate its completion with our moving day. Plus we had a retirement party, closing on our property in Gordon, Nebraska, and a funeral for the wife's mother who passed away in that time period. I made thirteen trips to begin with, using my pickup and trailer, hauling seven antique tractors, three antique cars, and a couple loads of antique machinery, which had me worn to a frazzle! Then my brother-in-law, Norman Amende, offered to haul a load on his semi-truck. We hired a contractor with a crane to load the tractors, as several weren't in running condition. We got six tractors, at least a dozen hit and miss engines, plus a Ford cultivator and mower on his truck for the trip to Iowa.

In the pictures of us loading the tractors, that's me hooking up the chain on the Ford mower.