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Antiques and Classics


Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Monday, July 30, 2001

There was an antique and classic tractor pull in town last Sunday. As I drove into the field where it was being held, I thought there must be some mistake. These tractors are like the ones my father made his living with and I grew up on. They couldnt be antiques. If these are antiques, what does that make me? Defiant, I guess. Im too young to be an antique.

There were red, green, orange and yellow tractors in abundance. For every rusty relic that still earned its keep on a farm, there was a totally re-painted, re-chromed and otherwise unreal restoration that looks better now than it ever did. My favorite color is red. I grew up with the Farmall line. The "Hs" and "Ms" particularly drew my attention. I remembered everything about them as nothing had changed on these tractors since I spent hundreds of hours on them when I was growing up. Most of the time I spent on these tractors was working to help make a family farm prosperous. Now the tractors are toys for Sunday afternoon diversions. I find that interesting. Not many occupations or industries make toys out of their tools when they become obsolete.

We did have a little fun with our tractors as we did our work. When I was young, my brothers and I would emulate the way cowboys jumped on their horses when we got on our old Farmall H. Wed run up to it from behind. The right foot went up to the center of the drawbar, the left foot went up to the axle, both hands grabbed the back of the seat to use the seat spring for lift. With this momentum, the driver gave a jump and swung his right leg over the back of the seat and, while coming down into the seat, put his left foot on the clutch. The right hand pulled out the ignition switch and the left punched the starter button. If the tractor was warm and the engine caught on the first crank, the whole process from dead stop to road gear might have taken five seconds. What was the hurry? There was no hurry. If my dad caught us at this, we might well have been charged with tractor abuse.

I had to chuckle as I looked over a shiny "M" Farmall parked at the pull. A silver plate on the left side of the tractor listed the serial number and a warning. "Do not overload" it said. The same silver plate, although usually covered with grease, appeared on the old Farmall "H" I grew up on. I thought it strange that we were warned not to overload a tractor. Everyone knows you dont load a tractor, you pull with it. Aside from .....
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Jerry Laumb

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Mr. Laumb, 51, of Rushford, died Saturday (July 21, 2001) at his home of cancer.

He was born Jan. 27, 1950, in LaCrosse, Wis. He married Barbara Carrier on March 16, 1968. He worked at Farmer's Elevator in Rushford for nine years and at Cene ..... 
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Louis Peterson

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Louis Peterson, age 91, of Preston, MN, died August 1, 2001, at the Preston Good Samaritan Center.

Louie was born June 20, 1910, in Zumbrota, MN, the son of Paul and Olive Peterson. He was raised in Zumbrota, MN, and did carpentry and insula ..... 
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Joseph Clarence Gildner

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Joseph Clarence Gildner, 81, of Preston, a retired farmer, died Aug. 1, 2001 at the Harmony Nursing Home, where he had lived since June 1999.

Born March 29, 1920, in Hubbard, IA, the son of Robert and Margaret (Butler) Gildner, he grew up in ..... 
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Olympic Games With Chinese Tendencies

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Monday, July 23, 2001

If you havent heard by now, China will host the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The country has been working for the last 10 years to get the games believing that the international spectacle will give China the prestige ..... 
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To the Editor,

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Monday, August 6, 2001

We would like to address a problem that has bothered us for several years at the Fillmore Fair and also some of the other local fairs in our area.

Our problem is with the 4-H Livestock Auction. We feel the auct ..... 
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