Special Potato model GP Widetread P-5075 owned by Terry Ploughe, Tipton, Indiana. Photo taken at Frankfort, Indiana by John F. Harris.
RR 6, Box 167, Frankfort, IN 46041
We have a club called the Clinton County Antique Machinery Club
here at Frankfort, Indiana. The president is Larry Rogers, 209 N.
East St., Frankfort, IN 46041. The secretary is Mrs. Pam Clements,
RR 1, Box 237, Kirklin, IN 46050.
The club had its beginnings when some fellows brought a half
dozen old restored tractors and one steam traction engine to show
at the annual 4-H fair about 1980. It has been growing each year.
This year we had about 95 tractors dating from about a 1923 Case
and Fordson up into the 1950's. This was an increase of 30 to
35 tractors from last year.
The show is held in connection with the 4-H fair each year, and
since most of the members and exhibitors work during the day, it is
mostly an evening show. Each evening wheat was threshed in the
three threshing machines, a Huber, an IHC, and Morgan's Case.
Harold Smith powered the Case with his Case tractor. Then the straw
was baled in Reid Knapp's stationary press powered by any
tractor offered for use. There was a Baker fan to try tractors on.
Then we would have a parade of antique tractors.
I had six of my John Deeres there this year, the three open
fronts consisting of the 1937 Model A, 1937 Model B, and the 1941
Model G, plus the 1939 Model B, the 1944 Model B, and the 1944
model AR. There were 37 or 38 John Deere tractors there.
One Saturday afternoon in May several of the men of the club
built a nice loading ramp. It has two different heightsone high one
for regular flat-bed trucks and a low one for trailers and
The only steam we had at the show this year was a miniature
traction engine. One member collects corn planters. A couple of the
members collect old and unusual wrenches. Other members have old
grain drills, wagons, plows, and all kinds of old things. One
fellow had a nice collection of Allis Chalmers tractors there.
Our club and the Mid-America Club of Tipton, Indiana work
closely together, and many of us go both places to show our
tractors. Of course, they have a much bigger show with over 200
tractors, 8 or 10 steam engines and plowing, discing, and planting
demonstrations with tractors, steam, and horses.
Our show, held in July every year, will have to become
independent of the 4-H fair if we grow any more we have just about
outgrown our designated area. We are pleased with this growth and
the progress our club has made.