January was kind of slow, I had my right knee replaced on January 18th and home four days later. I have been recuperating since then and trying to put more time in the shop each week. Bonnie and I went to the swap meet in Lathrop Missouri; both days were sunny but windy. We were joined by Skip Welte, Dan Hauter and Dave Maddox. Lots of parts, several pieces of equipment and tractors changed hands during those two days. We spotted license plates from MN, WI, IL, IA, GA, NY, AL, IN, KS, NE, AR, and MO. After the swap meet we headed north to Hubbard IA. and spent Sunday afternoon at Arland and Caroline Lepper home touring their combine museum. Their museum contains each model of combine that Allis-Chalmers produced before production moved into the Gleaner line.
Springtime, when everyone looks forward to getting outside, warm sunshine, garden catalogs, and lengthening days. The best time of the year, I always seem to have more energy as we get a garden ready, work in the flower beds and return to yard work. At first it doesn’t seem like work but by end of summer it will. It won’t be long till we start seeing tractors flying down highways on trailers being towed by their proud owners to shows and tractor drives. We are planning on going to the Gathering of the Orange in Gray Tennessee and then take a few days and travel to the Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville NC. I’ve never been to that part of the country, I always like to see different parts of this great country.
Don’t forget about The Allis Connection Fathers Day weekend, the Model 190 will be the feature tractor for this year. All Allis-Chalmers products are welcome; home and garden, agricultural, construction, any and all divisions of an American icon. The weekend belongs to Allis-Chalmers and all those who celebrate it. We will have a short tractor drive again this year. The route this year will go through Main Amana to East Amana, back through Amana and to the Amana campground before returning to the show ground, it should be fun. Let’s show Amana what Persian Orange is all about. We will have the pedal tractor pull for the youngsters again this year, it is always well attended. I expect to have a strong swap meet as well with plenty of parts, equipment and tractors. We will have plenty of vendors in the buildings selling parts and A-C merchandise. Sunday will begin with a church service and music provided by Arland and Carolyn Lepper and message by Dave Maddox. The attendance has been larger in the last couple of years. Arland has offered to sing the National Anthem both days, we are lucky to have such dedicated people involved in this organization. For more information see the newsletter.
Linda Hubbard has decided to step away from her position as Membership and Newsletter Coordinator. I want to thank her for the job that she has done. Bonnie and I will take care of memberships and mail order calendars, and Dan Hauter will assume the newsletter coordinator. I hope you will all continue to support us as you have Linda, we promise to try and do our best as we learn. Dan, Bonnie and I are committed to maintaining the high standards that Linda has established. For those of you that don’t remember Linda took over Membership and Newsletter Coordinator when we changed the newsletter from black and white to full Persian Orange color. Once again, thanks to Linda and Lyle Hubbard.
I know I have forgotten something, read your newsletter closely and watch the website and facebook page for updates.
Have a Wonderful Spring,
Mike and bonnie
If you haven’t already found it be sure to look up the Allis Connection Facebook page and see the fun things Zach and Jessie Wilson have placed on the web for all of us to enjoy and introduce others to Allis-Chalmers and the Allis Connection. allisconnectionfacebook.com
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This was last up-dated March 2018
Membership - U.S.A. $23.00 & Canada & Overseas $35.00 (In US Funds) 6 Issues of the Newslettlers.