COVER STORY

Rumely Over The Continental Divide


| April/May 1997



John and Mary with the Rumely

John and Mary with the Rumely the day we left Indiana.

2838 Heybourne Road Minden, Nevada 89423

John Weaver, 'Rumely Man' of Middlebury, Indiana, placed an ad in the April 1995 GEM to sell a 30-50 'Y' Rumely OilPull tractor. Being a tractor and engine enthusiast, I noticed his ad, which had a small photo of the Rumely with a white cloud of smoke coming from the stack. At this particular time, I knew nothing about a Rumely. From the size of the stack and the white cloud, I thought it may be steam. What I did know was that it would look good with my tractor and engine collection in Minden, Nevada. I already have thirteen tractors, but can always use one more! Besides, it is unlucky to have thirteen of anything!

I made several calls to the 'Rumely Man,' asking him questions about the tractor. I learned that it runs on kerosene and cools on about fifty gallons of 30 weight oil. I requested that he send me a photograph so I would not have to rely on the tiny picture in the ad. The photo came in the mail within a week. Within minutes, my mind was made up and I called John and agreed to buy it. It was a done deal!

Prior to this purchase agreement, I had always sworn off any idea of driving across the plains states. Sort of a hard and fast rule of mine. I always explained to my wife Dorine, that it would be far too boring to make such a drive and if we ever went 'back east,' we would fly and rent a car out there. Needless to say, this tractor purchase proves there are exceptions to every rule.

We planned our trip leaving in mid-April taking our new Ford ton with the new power stroke diesel (this diesel power sure came in handy over the Rockies pulling this 4,000 lb. tractor plus trailer). We planned on buying a heavy trailer in Indiana to haul the Rumely back. Once back here, we could use the trailer for our construction business. We always heard that we could buy equipment trailers for much less in the Midwest than here in the western states. John Weaver said there were several places to buy trailers real close to Middlebury, and he would help me find one.

We arrived in Middlebury mid-afternoon of Easter Sunday. We found the trip across the 'Plains' more than just fun. We met many interesting people, saw many interesting places, and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The best of the trip, though, was meeting and getting to know John and Mary Weaver. As it was Easter Sunday, we found ourselves joining in with their family's Easter dinner, grandkids and all. These are certainly wonderful people. Within a short time, we felt totally at home and at ease with the Weavers. That ham dinner Mary cooked was excellent!