Mid-'20s Toro tractor purchased by Bill Koski at Marhanka's auction, driven by Al Shuster.
3249 S-M52, Owosso, Michigan 48867.
The best of everything was to be had at the 18th annual Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association Show in rural Oakley, Michigan, August 21-23, 1992.
It was the first show in 18 years not dampened by rain. This was also the first show to have doubled exhibitors, campers, flea markets and spectators.
Featured this year were all tractors and equipment starting with an 'A' according to the American Encyclopedia of Tractors.
A 30 HP A very undermount was a new feature of the show this year. It is owned by Ed Hurd of Byron, Michigan. Mike Holder's 30-50 Advance Rumely Oil Pull could be seen on the Baker fan and threshing throughout the weekend. Another Oil Pull, a 20-35 belonging to Mike and Penny Koski of Elsie, Michigan, could be seen in action. There were many B. F. Avery tractors and equipment also shown, over 700 tractors in all.
This year we are featuring all tractors and equipment starting with a B. In 1993 we will have the largest collection of Baker gas tractors in the U.S. on display. For information on displaying your Baker steam or gas tractor or thresher, call me at (517) 723-2369.
An addition to the show in 1992 was Frank Hansen's three wheel drive John Deere tractor. It was a great pleasure to have Frank and his tractor at our show. Frank gladly answered all the questions asked over the three days.
The club's sawmill was run by Lon Meyers and Henry Durum and other club members, as were the planer, edger, and shingle mill.
The tractor pull goes on all three days and is a crowd pleaser. There was a dog show on Friday, and a petting zoo put on by the 4-H Club, as well as blacksmithing in the big barn, a bingo tent, and arts and crafts for the ladies.
There was food and more food on the showgroundspancakes and sausage from 7:00-11:00 a.m., and real 'thresherman' and 'sawyers' dinners served all day by Fran Doty and her crew. Some of the best home cooking you'll get out in the middle of nowhere. The club also puts on the Sunday chicken bar-b-q, so you can eat and watch tractor pulls in the pavilion.
The 1895 Bates Corliss engine was running all three days in the Bev Meyers Memorial Hardwood Steam Barn.
The club raffled off a Farmall 'A' last year, and it was a big success. This year we are raffling off a restored 1949 Allis Chalmers 'B.' Tickets are $1.00.
It's hard to believe the show is going on its 19th year in 1993. Every year it gets bigger and better; there is one thing for sure, the people in the tractor clubs are some of the best people in the country. Our club started with seven families and now has nearly 200 and growing. These are some of the hardest working and airing members of any club.
We own our 40 acre showgrounds on the corner of Brennen and Ferden Roads, in Brady Township, Oakley, Michigan, with 20 acres of exhibits.
Some people complain we are out of the way, but most agree it's a perfect setting for a tractor show. No one complains about the smoke, the whistles, or steel wheels on tractors that a lot of clubs on rented grounds have a problem with. We can do pretty much as we want, to a point.
It you are looking for a show to go to that is small enough to treat you like family and big enough to put on a good show, come on out to the country! We welcome you!