Old Timers Days in Xenia

| January/February 1999

2821 Wilmington Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Old Timers Days in Xenia, Ohio, were held September 24 through 27, 1998. The weekend temperature varied from 46 degrees in the early morning to 90 degrees in late afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. We had high humidity the two days, but the weather was okay for southern Ohio. It was okay for the meeting of many people interested in old machinery, tractors, engines, horses, mules, donkeys and food galore.

I drove to Xenia, Ohio, a 24 mile trip, with my 1? HP John Deere Series E engine, a 1951 LUC John Deere combine engine, and a 1979 John Deere garden tractor on Wednesday evening. I arrived at 4:00 P.M. I found over 150 tractors already present. I unloaded my John Deeres and then began to look things over. I looked for two hours and was really impressed. At 6:30 P.M. everybody was asked to come to the office for homemade ice cream and cake. The Old Timers and their wives really put on a real feed. Every single person was invited. The food was all free to everybody.

On Thursday morning at 6:30 A.M. I met my cousin's wife for breakfast and then went to the fairgrounds to see all the tractors and engines. It was really fun watching the many people unload their favorite equipment. I was really impressed. I spent hours of enjoyable time watching people bring their trucks, trailers and their own specific worldly possessions to the Old Timers Show.

On Friday, September 25, I personally counted 220 tractors, 90 garden tractors, 120 engines, one shredder, three threshers, one silo cutter, one steam engine and they were still coming in every few minutes. Lots of people do not come in until Friday because of their work schedule.

I talked to one gentleman by the name of Donald Kendig. He found, at a General motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, a 1949 I-4 McCormick Deering tractor. It really is a Farmall H motor mounted on a W-4 Chassis with a wide front end. He showed me the before pictures. The tractor was used to haul equipment around a car producing plant. The fenders were bent, painted red and yellow, and pretty much worse for wear. Today the tractor was in perfect shape, painted red, fenders fixed, new tires and the motor worked over. The tractor was perfect. Quite a change from the time spent at a factory in Dayton hauling heavy industrial equipment around.