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Tractor Gathering Celebrates 100-Year IH Anniversary
It has been 100 years since competitors Cyrus
McCormick, Charles Deering, and three
smaller reaper manufacturers joined forces
to create the International Harvester
A group of Nebraska IH collectors decided
to celebrate the anniversary by getting 100
Farmall M's together at their annual spring
plowing day in early April.
Despite a valiant effort and publicity in
some national farm tractor collectors
magazines, Howard Raymond of the Heart
of the Platte Collectors Association says they
came up several tractors short of the mark.
There were more than 100 IH tractors but
only 40 to 50 were M's. "We had M's from
central Kansas and Colorado, and one man
brought his tractor more than 500 miles from
Missouri in order to have it here," he says.
And while they didn't make the goal,
Raymond says no one was too disappointed.
"There were plenty of Farmalls around that
Another group of Nebraska collectors
plans to try again later this year. Their goal,
says organizer Larry Muller, is to have 100
Farmalls - not just M's - all plowing at once.
The date and place for the plow day has
yet to be set. It's usually in July following
wheat harvest but due to moisture problems
with the wheat crop, they may end up
rescheduling for after row crop harvest later
in the year.
Says Muller, "We'd like to be able to have
100 Farmalls all together and get an aerial
photo of them. We think it's a great way to
pay tribute to the founders of the International
Harvester Company."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Howard
Raymond, Heart of the Platte Collectors
Association, 45058 S Hwy 83, Box 33,
Wellfleet, Neb. 69170 (ph 308 963-4465); or
Larry Muller, 107 Washington Street,
Hartwell, Neb. 68945 (ph 308 563-3231).

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