Tractors And Folks At The

North Texas Antique Tractor and Engine Club Show

Dallas, TX - June 7 & 8, 1997

A Show Blessed With Shade And Held Before The Summer Heat

Plenty To See And A Nice Place To See It

Part 1 - About The Show

This show is held every year in early June at Samuell Farm, just East of Dallas on Highway 80. The farm is owned by the City of Dallas, and the yearly show is accompanied by attractions designed to attract families with children who are seeking a mix of entertainment and education. This year, for instance, there was a splendid exhibit on milking cows. Guess I must still be a kid, because I found it fascinating. Did you know that the milking machines used in modern dairies cut the milking time per cow from about 20 minutes (by hand) to about 5 minutes?

The NTAT&E club has long had a fine relationship with the managers of the farm (likely due in part to volunteering and assistance from club members helping out at the farm), and the club holds its monthly meetings here. The club has a nice web site at , and I met the guy who was doing it then, Bob Camicia, at the show.

A main purpose of this yearly show is having fun. The tractor pulling sometimes displayed two or more family members trying out different tractors (his and hers), and the club seems to make room for all to participate regardless of tractor size or condition.

Part 2 - Fine Folks, Tractors and History

Phil Young of Gainesville brought his 1902 McCormick corn binder, and it was the nicest I'd ever seen.

Here's Phil at the rear of the binder. He told me he plans to harvest up to 4 acres of sweet sorghum and cane this year with this machine. He also mills the sorghum crop and boils down the juice himself.

Phil and wife Angie with '36 Farmall F-12 used to pull the binder.

The Hilborns of Terrell displayed their clean '54 Farmall Propane MTA. Shown here are Steve Hilborn II, Katy, Steve III, and Kim.

Looks like Steve III will be driving his own restored Farmall one of these days.

David McCarley of Waxahachie is known for his restoration skill with Deeres such as this '36 JD B (with F&H wheels) that belongs to his wife Angie.

The results of Dave's good work can also be seen in this JD 435 owned by Spencer Pilgreen.

Dave's daughter, Teresa, pulling with mom's B.

Mom (Angie) is also practiced at wringing a good pull from a two-cylinder Deere.

Guess what you get when you let the photograper drive the first Ford 9N he's been on in about 40 years in the parade of tractors? Answer: a great pose with your styled JD D tractor. Joe and JoAnn Small of Dallas are long time active club members and really fine folks.

The Smalls' D is a '47 model purchased from a Lindsay, OK collector that unstuck it from a fence row on a South Texas farm. I don't think that it looked much like this when it left the farm.

NT club members are not afraid to enter nicely restored tractors in the tractor pull. Here, Bobby Tucker of Burleson puts his 1950 JD A to the test.

Like wife Sharon, Jim Gotcher can usually be found by looking where club volunteers are working. Jim used his good looking Deere AR for pulling track duty during much of the show.

While Jim was not doing volunteer work with the AR, Sharon pulled with it - and agreed to pose with Jim's handiwork.

Herbert Brown of Doblin had a handsome '49 Farmall H and was also understandably proud of son-in-law, Todd Fenn.

Now this is the deluxe way to view a show. Rex Brooks of Argyle lent this Wisconsin sedan to James Jarrett, who decided to chaffeur around James' son and friend Kevin.

Mom and the girls preferred a Jarrett wagon. James' daughters Jamie and Mikayala got a mom-powered ride from Julie.

Past club President Spencer Pilgreen always has some fine looking specimens of his quality tractor collection at the club's shows. This one is noteworthy for it's color, as Spencer is primarily a fan of Green and Yellow.

Here's an annual ritual - Spencer pulling away with almost anything they can find to load down a JD 830. As you can see, the Case loader and two-legged weights here made the 830 and driver work a bit, but Spencer took them all down the track.

Thanks to Larry Hardesty (who identified me by the distinctive ATIS plumage that marks older birds of Spencer Yost's splendid email list), I got to pose with famous Farmall guru Jim Becker (with straw hat). As usual Jim had brought a Cub or two along.

Eat your heart out, techno-yuppies. Only James Wood of Norman, OK has a jet-powered garden tractor. It runs on JP-4 or Jet A, and its AirResearch GTCP-85 turbine engine once powered one of Uncle's aircraft starter-generator units.

James bolted in a new JD-455 hydrostatic garden tractor transmission, and it seemed to work just fine. During the show, he fired up the tractor every two hours. It definitely did not sound like the two- and four-bangers moving around the area.

When James is not working on jets, he might be restoring some more traditional ag engines such as these nice John Deere engines he displayed at the show.

Keith Marks' unstyled JD B had a gorgeous No. 5 mower mounted on it. This caught my eye because I used to use one (Chuck lift) behind a JD H and another (hydraulic lift) behind a Farmall Super H. The No. 5 was a quality tool, and many are still cutting after 40+ years.

This is really nice paint job. What a shame it would be to have to use such a beautiful mower.

When someone in the club mentions serious collecting, Jim Utterback might come to mind. Jim's Massey Harris 101 here reminded me of my own first tractor (bought at age 14) - a Massey 44-6. Next to this 101, Jim had a JD '40 H, '41 LA, and a '27 D on display. He did not bring his six other Deeres, nor his Farmall, Allis or Case tractors or equipment. He did bring his enthusiasm for old iron, his willingness to share his considerable knowledge and downright friendliness.

Volunteering is the cement that holds a club together. These ladies were selling goodies such as hats, shirts and calenders to help fund club activities. Seated (from the left) are Sharon Gotcher, Bev Utterback, Pam Thorn (rear) and Dorothy Burkard.

Seems like an hour of attentive listening at this booth of book and sales literature vendor Paul Hebert of Mexico, MO should be worth a college credit in US farm history. I came, I learned and I was awed. (Also left a bit poorer with lots to read.) Here Paul is posing with a Rumely magazine. He said that he has been to 27 shows this year. Talk about a dream job!

Did you know about trade cards? Paul told me that from 1893, when they were introduced at the Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair), until about 1915, manufacturers of many products including farm machinery gave out attractive cards with product references. Farmers wives would often save them and paste them in scrapbooks - sort of like family photos or souvenirs of vacation trips. I could not resist buying this specimen from Paul.

Like most vintage trade cards that survive, the rear of my card shows that it was once pasted in a scrapbook - and what an Avery Speechless Planter of my Grandfather's day looked like.

Was kinda wondering why people collect monkey wrenches. So I asked Roy Ferguson, who had a grand bunch of them on display.

"ACME" (twist handle) & "HERCULES" (loop handle). Both were based on the same February 27, 1883 patent (U.S. patent No. 273,170). (My thanks to Stan Schulz, Editor of the Missouri Valley Wrench Club Newsletter, for correcting my original description of these. He saw them some 4 1/2 years after I posted this page and sent me the info.) Monkey wrenches were named after Charles Monkey.

Did you know that car manufacturers used to include tools with a new car purchase? Roy said that the one on the far right in these car wrenches came with his dad's 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe 2-Dr Sedan.

Had to revise this page to add this Maytag engine when Terry Plata pointed out that I had not paid much attention to the many fine engines on display at the show. This dependable machine was resting unnoticed in the back of a pickup down close to the tractor pull and seemed to want its picture taken. Glad I was on hand to oblige. Bet it has helped wash many a load of clothes. The take-apart spark plug with the brass cap brings back childhood memories of looking through discarded ones that looked like this in parts buckets.

NOTE: Sure would appreciate any corrections in case I've accidently mixed up my notes and assigned anyone above the wrong tractor, son or daughter, hometown, wife, name, etc. I've tried to keep everything straight, but I talked with many folks and took many photos during the show. Would also appreciate any comments or suggestions on other items you might like to see in future show descriptions.

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This page was prepared in June 1997
Page modified in Dec. 2001, and on Mar. 3, 2002
Chuck Bealke