Old Iron in Texas Peach Country

| December/January 1994

Reprinted from Rust Bucket Ramblings, newsletter of the Rio Grande Valley Old Farm Equipment Club 712 La Vista McAllen, Texas 78501

1994 Fredericksburg Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Show, Stonewall, Texas. Model L Case tractor, 1936, Harry Seidensticker, Comfort, Texas.

At the end of our Mercedes show several of our Valley club members vowed they would reciprocate visitations to the Burton Cotton Gin Show, April 16-17, and the Stonewall Show, June 25, 26, 1994. So it was that Alfred Townsend and yours truly made plans to keep the vows intact.

Alfred has three engines, a 10 HP Krueger-Atlas Junior, a 9 HP Fairbanks and a 6 HP John Deere, mounted on a four wheel cotton trailer. Despite all arguments otherwise, he insisted on pulling this rig to Burton. I followed, with a '65 Chevy ton pickup towing a four wheel tandem, 17 foot trailer loaded with a 1928 International six speed special truck. Top speed 34 MPH! When Alfred exceeded that, the cotton trailer began whipping his 1986 Chevy one ton dually pickup with camper all over the road. 34 MPH was the magic number! We made the 425 mile trip doing 30 MPH most of the way. Had further complications when the right front tire on the cotton trailer went flat. It was quickly replaced by a spare. Had a chance to see lots of the country. The wild flowers were resplendent in all their beauty.

During the Burton Show we decided to store our stuff in the Stonewall area for the late June show. Harry Seidensticker, Comfort, volunteered the use of his hay barn. So, after the Burton Show we made our way to Harry's barn, 25 miles from the Stonewall show grounds. Stored the 28 IHC truck and the cotton trailer with its three engines inside the hay barn next to a neat threshing machine. We parked the '65 Chevy pickup and trailer outside the north side of the hay barn. We returned to McAllen in Alfred's camper.

White Lily 1 cylinder engine, serial number 600, 1907, manufactured by White Lily Washer Co., Davenport, Iowa. Harry Seidensticker of Comfort, Texas, also at Fredericksburg.


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