Because I Wanted A Rumely Oil Pull

| January/February 1983

  • Rumely Oil Pull tractor

  • The John Deere 80

  • Rumely Oil Pull tractor
  • The John Deere 80

2531 Sky Top Trail, Dover, PA 17315

On October 23, 1981, my husband and I started out for Carrington, North Dakota, for a Rumely Oil Pull and John Deere 80.

We are both interested in old tractors. We collect mostly John Deere's; but I wanted a Rumely. We took a large flat-bed truck and put a large trailer on top of the truck bed and chained it down.

The weather in Dover, Pennsylvania was perfect. We had nice weather until we got to Minnesota; then it started to snow. It snowed off and on all day Friday. Different times during the snow it was hard to see to drive. We would pass a man in an orange snowmobile suit on a motorcycle different times throughout the day. It seemed like whenever we would stop for gas, so would he. But we didn't get a chance to talk to him. We were curious as to where he was going in such bad weather on a motorcycle. On Friday afternoon we broke a heater hose on the truck and lost all our water and antifreeze. We were lucky to be close to a garage and got it fixed.

We stopped at Menomonie, Wisconsin for supper and to find a motel for Friday night. While we were eating, we looked out the window and at the gas station across the street was the man in orange and his motorcycle getting gas!

On Saturday morning we started out at 6:00 and it was snowing pretty badly. After driving for a short distance, the man in orange passed us again. Since the snow was blowing and freezing on the road, we talked about how cold it would be out on that motorcycle and how dangerous on the icy road. We talked about putting the motorcycle on top of our truck and trailer and taking him along. About two hours later we stopped for gas, and it looked like a blizzard around the gas station. When we pulled in, we were amazed to see the motorcycle there too! The man was inside trying to get warm. My husband talked to him about how since Friday morning we were passing each other. He said he was headed for Valley City, North Dakota. When we left here, we had the man in the front of the truck with us, and the motorcycle tied on top of the trailer on top of the truck. He was so happy to be in the warm he cried. It seemed as if it was to be that we came along and helped him. We took him to Valley City to stay with his brother, and he was going to return home to Wisconsin later on a bus. He couldn't get done thanking us.


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