69 Dawn Avenue, Piano, Illinois 60545
GOLD! WE'VE STRUCK GOLD!! Prairie Gold, that is, and of all places, Sandwich, Illinois.
It happened on June 25-26, 1994-The call to Minneapolis-Moline lovers went out more than a year before this date to bring their collections to our show (Sandwich Early Day Engine Club) and BOY did they ever! Among the exhibits were signs, flags, implements (tractor and horse drawn), M-M wrench and tool collections, highly detailed scale models, and of course tractors (46 in all). A 1938 model UDLX sat in front of the M-M display building. This tractor was 20-30 years ahead of its time, with a cab to protect the driver from foul weather and a fast road gear so it could be driven on the road to town if necessary, just like the tractors of to day. A good example of advanced thinking and engineering by M-M.
Literature and memorabilia were also on display in the M-M building. A large array of M-M souvenirs were on sale by Avery Stevens and he seemed to be doing a lot of business.
The successful assembly of this M-M display was largely due to the efforts of Charlie Doty of Princeton, Illinois, and his son Dave. Charlie is a very avid fan of M-M and a true asset to the M-M collectors of this country. I am grateful that I can call him a good friend and also that I got to share in the glory of this exhibit. As a generic tractor fan (M-H), I really needed Charlie's help on this one, and he really carried the ball for a touchdown. THANKS, Charlie!
Now, to pass along the names of more great people! The Allison Team from Paw Paw, Illinois; Howard Anderson, Dave Bend, Roger Blumer, Jim Bolliger, Roy L. Book, Robert and Darrel Carr, Ben Cavines, and Dannenberg Farms, of Sheridan, Illinois; Harlan Elson, Tom Fitzgerald, Jay Foxworthy, Ken Funfsinn, Dale Goldman, Mark Heiman, Don Hopper, Curtis M. Jorstad, Bruce A. Kastle, Don Miller, Dan and Claudia Ness, Ron Riveland, Laverne Severson, Harley Stokstad, Dan Tastad, Art Titzel (our vice president), Larry Warrington, and Ben and Brenda Yunker.
To all who exhibited M-M and all other brands, on behalf of the Club I wish to express our deepest appreciation for your participation and hope to see you again this year in June. We will be featuring another generic line, the Oliver family. Please come and see us. We love them all!