Ray Hill and Lew Rohrig with Ray's 1928 4 cylinder Delco.
18230 S. E. 3l5th St., Auburn, Washington 98092
The Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Club's Show at Roy, Washington, near Tacoma, is always a well-anticipated event the second weekend in July. This year's 17th show was no exception. For the week before the actual event, Paul Pearman, show chairman, along with Dennis King, club president, and a crew of club members were busy getting the rodeo grounds, where the show is held, ready for the event. Ted Anderson with his Oliver 77, and Wayne Brazee, Gary Ockfen, jr., Fred King, and Tom Dick, with the help of tractor pull chairman Derrell Cole, groomed the arena for the tractor pull and parade.
By 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, the Roy Rodeo Arena was full of tractors, engines, steam and hot air engines, old vintage trucks and cars, bicycles and motorcycles. The count isn't accurate, but at least 150 tractors and as many engines can be verified. There was a long row of antique trucks and cars as well.
Mary Anne Nettekoven and her crew of workers manned the parking lot, main and east gates. Helen Pearman and Melanie Caludio, along with other club members, registered and handled the information booth for the show.
There were three food concession stands on the grounds supplying lots of hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue beef sandwiches, and ice cream cones to the throngs of spectators and exhibitors. Most everyone had a basket of fresh Yakima cherries or apricots in hand that they had purchased from a vendor at the flea market. Men, women and children could be seen walking back and forth carrying bits and pieces of everything imaginable--old wheels, magnetos, pumps, engines in various degrees of readiness, shop rags, T-shirts, kitchen items, etc. that they had found at the big flea market which was organized by Bill Ide.
Anne Lambert was in place selling cookbooks that the club had put together as a fund-raising event. After years of sharing recipes at potluck dinners, which are a usual part of the club's meetings, it was decided to collect the recipes in a cookbook and make them available for all. Alice Corbin was nearby selling her hand-crocheted doilies. Helen Pearman, when not handling the information booth and registering new club members, was selling her hand-crocheted rugs and hats.
The people who come to view the exhibits are as much a part of the Antique Farm Engine & Tractor Show as the equipment they are viewing. It is certainly a memorable time for the 'old timers' to look at the engines and tractors they remember using as children. It is interesting to see if the children can figure out how the engines work or why they were even needed. Stories are exchanged between people of all ages. Mike Moyers and Gene Brady, who operated a side gate, used mainly for exhibitor's usage, shared one story of a family with five children they let through the gate to the show. The parents offered to pay the donated fee; however, Mike and Gene thought that a family with five children could probably use the money for other things and told them to just go on in and enjoy the show. After a couple of hours, the mother of the five children came back to Mike and Gene and gave them money for the show. She told them that her children had enjoyed every penny's worth and she wanted to pay so the show would be back in years to come.
Antique farm engines were well represented with about 150 engines and drag saws on display. Among those exhibited were a 9 HP Fairbanks T shown by Dale Fye, a 4 HP Mogul sideshaft run by Allan Elden, a 3? and a 1? HP Stickney exhibited by Wayne and Mary Anne Nettekoven, a collection of Vaughn Flex Treds displayed by Bill and Ruth Walker, a 4 HP Bates & Edmonds and 6 HP Witte shown by Bill Betts, and a 4 cylinder Delco run by Ray Hill. Also on display were scale models built by Mike Moyers, a collection of oilers shown by Gene Brady, a collection of wrenches exhibited by Larry and Janet Hughes, and a collection of kitchen tools displayed by Corky and Sandy Tennant.
Al Cropley, Joe Chainey, Bill Gilbert, Bill Lermusik, Bob Cropley, Norman Uhl, Domninick Sebulsky, and Don Lambert attracted a lot of attention with their steam and hot air engines. Joining in on the steam and hot air display from California were James Tageman from Orland, Jim Knox from Moreno Valley, and Jack Haregreaves from Pasadena.
John Deere tractors were represented with at least 33 in the line-up. There were John Deere models A, B, BN, BO, D, H, G, GP, H, HN, LA, M, R, 40, 201G, 4206, 40TN, 430, 435, 60, 620, 730, 80, and 830. Tractors also represented were Ford, Case, Allis Chalmers, McCormick Deering, Farmall, Massey Ferguson, Gibson, Oliver, Windolf, David Bradley, La Trac, Caterpillar, Lanz, Volvo, and a homemade Farmall twin. Others of note included a 1918 10-18 Cross Motor Case shown by John Neitzel, a 1926 Oil Pull brought by Keith Baldwin, a 1920 Cletrac 'F' exhibited by Tom Smith, a 1942 Ford '2N' presented by Mac McBride, a 1913 Case 20-40 displayed by Ken Christensen, a 1939 General and a Case 'VAO' brought by Fred Leenstra, a 1949 Massey Harris shown by Don Rush, and a 1926 Caterpillar Model '60' brought by Dave Wester.
Represented at the show were the Rainier two-cylinder John Deere Club, the SW Cylinder John Deere Club, the Sky Valley Tractor Club, EDGE&TA Branches 13, 21, 26, 36, the Two Cylinder Cascade John Deere Club, Central Washington Antique Farm Engine Club, Western Antique Power Association and CEDG&TA.
There was a tractor parade and tractor pull to entertain the spectators and the tractor owners on both days. John Corbin helped Derrell Cole with the equipment and manpower to set up the events. Ray Van Landingham operated a dynamometer both days for the tractors. Lewis Rohrig handled the 'Stinger' weight transfer sled, Nick Huff was the pull-back-hook man on both days, Wayne Brazee was the haul back man for the transfer sled, Dixon Lazares directed traffic for the sled pulls. Mike Willig supervised assembly of the balance board, and Larry Schwar: parked tractors for display. Ted Anderson, Gary Ockfen, Jr., Ken Morgan, Art Oen, and Lynn Anderson with the help of Art's John Deere M, Gary's W-4 McCormick and John Corbin's fork lift were a big help in cleaning up the area after the show on Monday.
The American Truck Historical Society, Capital City Vintage Car Club, Olympia Old Car Club, Olympia Horseless Carriage Car Club, and the Olympic Vintage Auto Club also were represented at the show with a nice display of vintage trucks and cars. The oldest car was a 1910 Maxwell Runabout owned by Bob and Billie Hyland. Also shown were a 1937 Packard, a 1949 Chevrolet, a 1916 Model T Ford, a 1931 Chevrolet, a. 1935 Ford Roadster, a 1933 Plymouth, and a 1947 Packard Clipper Super 8. Some of the trucks shown included a 1962 B53 Mack Dump Truck, a 1928 Ford pickup, a 1921 GMC, a 1946 Chevrolet Cab-Over, a 1948 White, a 1925 More-land AX 3 ton, a 1961 Mack flatbed, and a 1940 International pickup. In addition, there was a 1924 Segrave fire truck owned by John Brown on display. Mac McBride brought a 1942 GMC military cargo 2? ton truck. Robert Johnson brought a collection of motor bikes and Duayne Jacox had a Service cycle scooter.
The $1.00 a-chance raffle coordinated by Evelyn Ockfen, had 27 donated prizes with the top prize being a 1926 2? HP Fairbanks-Morse Z engine. The raffle was held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon with the prize going to Lugenia Hamilton from Sequim, Washington. The last time the Fairbanks Morse Z was seen, it was heading out the gate on the back of a pickup with Grandpa, Grandma, kids and grandkids smiling happily. It wouldn't be a surprise to see that Fairbanks engine putting away at the next Roy Show, July 10 & 11, 1999!