JANUARY THRESHING IN ARIZONA

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There were several rare tractors in existence such as an unstyled JD model L, unstyled JD 'B' with wide front end, and a couple of Waterloo Boys. I saw several F-20's, 1916 Huber big 4, 1919 Samson Model M, 2 Titans-10-20, 24-40 Advance Rumely O
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Ed Spencer of National City shows off a 1935 Silver King.

9152 Hector Street, San Diego, California, 92123

Generally when you think of January threshing it’s in the
snow. Not so at Wellton, Arizona! This has been going on for the
last 11 years in Wellton where, besides having fun, it is for a
good cause. The funds raised all go to the local hospital.

A group of fellows in southwestern Arizona decided to have some
fun and support the annual drive for hospital funds. The fourth
weekend of January is an excellent time to visit Arizona,
temperature is in the 70’s in the daytime and at night it might
freeze occasionally.

Under the leadership of Buster Brown, John Dice and Ace and
Wendy Dobson there were over 50 old tractors, some as found, and
others beautifully restored doing their thing. Several gas engines
also were pumping water, grinding corn etc. There was a rack wagon
full of bundles of wheat that the 50 HP Case steam tractor made
short order of. The straw was baled as fast as it came out of the
separator and the grain was augered into a box wagon.

Several rare gas engines were there such as a side shaft Witte,
a side shaft Crossley, Hercules, May tags and a couple of Canadian
built engines.

I saw them make rope, grind corn and wheat and pump water.
Everyone seemed to have a good time and for the one day they had
wall to wall people, estimated at 6,000. Exhibitors came from
Arizona Flywheelers (Northern Arizona), Arizona E.D.G.E & T.A.
(Southern Arizona), a total of 30 exhibitors from Arizona and
California. A lot of machinery for so few exhibitors.

San Diego Branch 22 of National E.D.G.E. & T.A. was invited
to participate and about 30 showed up with tractors, engines,
equipment and toys. They all seemed to have fun and went home
happy, vowing to return next year, January 27, 1990.

I have to believe that with the thousands of snowbirds who make
their fall trek to Yuma, Wellton, Quartsite and the southwestern
part of the U.S.A. from November to February that this event
can’t help but grow. It’s a good opportunity with wonderful
weather to have fun and raise the much needed funds for the Yuma
Regional Medical Center. For more information call: Ace Dobson,
P.O.Box 108, Tacna, AZ 85352,602-785-4013; or John L. Dice, P.O.
Box 888, Wellton, AZ 85356, 602-785-4259; or Buster Brown, P.O. Box
637, Wellton, AZ 85356, 602-785-4114.

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