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Tractors were collected from all over the country and cover many
years of tractor development and progress. Engines were collected
and hauled to Tic Toe and then the very large engines were set upon
concrete pads and run on special occasions for people to enjoy.
Engines range from Maytags to the very large Bessemer diesel and
Tips diesel engines. No engine was too large or too small for Erwin
and Tillie to drag home and start up.
Erwin was a long-time subscriber to GEM. He traveled the country
with his engines, hog oilers, and garden tractors.
On special occasions the 1914 Allis-Chalmers 10-18 went to shows
and sometimes, the two cylinder Minneapolis Moline cultivator
tractor was taken to shows. The old Harrison steam traction engine
only went to very special shows, since hauling this machine for
long distances was difficult even for Erwin and Tillie.
Erwin also published a very fine book that chronicles his
collecting accomplishments, a very fine book. Erwin also has many
articles included in various Stemgas Publications that were always
interesting and informative.
Erwin Otto Kretzschmar was pre-de-ceased by son Elton. He is
survived by his wife Tillie; sons Erwin Jr., Melvin and Alfred;
daughter, Marylou Mills, and her husband, David; widow of son
Elton; ten grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.
All of Kretzschmar's family helped with the collection and
Tic Toc and with all the hard work involved. Now, all the clocks
are stopped and the tractors and engines are silent as the master
is gone to his reward.
Erwin was an early advocate of preservation of our heritage and
did his part in this work. All who knew him will miss his presence
and words of wisdom, advice and encouragement. Rest in Peace,
Submitted by friend, Richard Kepler, San Antonio,
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