The changing times for the Auction Gavel.

There’s just something about going to auctions. The advertising leading up to the upcoming sale, can create an exciting spectacle. Auctions are a great strategy to buy or sell.

Auctions have been changing in the past few years though. In the recent past, a person could take part in the proceedings without actually being on site. This new method of bidding via a phone call and then later by personal computer started as a convenience to bidders. The recent pandemic made this the new normal due to social distancing.

Now in recent times, auction companies are conducting their sales more like the method Ebay uses. The bidding is taking place online for a certain amount of time, with a set closing date.

This new style opens up buyers in a much larger arena. The larger audience may have its pros and cons though.  If a buyer is the type with need to actually “kick the tires” this new method may not be to their particular liking. Auctioneers do have open houses displaying the for sale items.  The con is travel to the open house. This convenience helps insure the buyers confidence. Otherwise consideration in pictures and videos determine maximum bids. Further con is the travel may double.  Generally there is a date to pick up the items after the sale has closed. Shipping is more the buyer’s concern.

A few auction houses have started filming the prospective purchases. This helps demonstrate “real time” authenticity. This helps eliminate questions for distant prospective purchasers.

A buyer needs  confidence in the auctioneer. My personal recommendation is dealing with reputable known companies.  The good ones ease the sale burdens by helping arrangement of shipping, answer questions, and address concerns. Sales managers are only a phone call, text or email away.

A new method of extended bidding has been introduced in the online style of auction. The whole sale continues beyond the scheduled closing time. This gives bidders a last minute chance to place a winning bid. I’ve heard conflicting opinions towards this practice.

The times are changing, we all need to embrace this new reality. What will be sad is live on sight auctions becoming a thing of the past. Listening to an auctioneer chant may become a forgotten song in the wind.


I’m sure everyone has been hungry and have no idea what they want to eat. That would be a great analogy of my writing pursuit. Thanksgiving weekend brought me to, yet, another crossroad.

I completed my first manuscript. Where do I go from here in the novelist aspect? Well, I’ll tell you this much. I’ve ventured into uncharted waters and I’m having an interesting adventure. *Note the bold italics. I have already started to pen my next work. Hopefully it won’t take me 8 years to complete.

I haven’t given up on the video aspect of journalism. I’ve admitted, before, that my foremost focus is writing. Still photography holds my stronger interest. I discovered my camera skills lack writing my last article here in the blog. Thankfully, my smartphone saved me yet again. Practice, practice, practice

I’ve ventured off on different tracts throughout the past years. Partnerships formed only to be dissolved later. I won’t apologize that I look out for the best interest of my writing craft. Mistakes are tools to teach. Some pursuing threads have been left purposely for their rightful time in my pursuit.

I’m very thankful for the guidance I’ve received. I’m also very grateful to those that lend me their ears, listening to my ideas.

As 2021 closes, I want to thank everyone of my friends and followers. I wouldn’t be where I am now without all your support. Thank you for continued patience in my irregular content. I still maintain my integrity to produce quality and not flood the audience will quantity. My hope is that you follow my creativity for that reason.

My predictions for 2022….we all share a prosperous new year! As always….let’s enjoy the ride.

Christmas in New Berlin

Saturday, December 4th was the inaugural Christmas light parade in New Berlin, IL. Although there wasn’t any snow for Santa’s sleigh, the weather was perfect. There was a slight chill, just enough to remind us of the season.

The parade was led off buy our community’s fire department. Sydney Geyston, this year’s Sangamon County Fair Queen presided over the festivities.

Golf carts, cars, trucks and tractors followed along decorated in lights and displayed the joyous holiday season.

Thanks go to Desi King for this novel idea and being our chairperson. She did a great job and the outstanding turn out was a great reward.

I discovered night photography isn’t all that easy. Please forgive me for the pictures

Happy Holidays!

The Clubhouse

I’ve learned you don’t always need to be in the parade, there’s need for a crowd to wave to. Digger Dave and I were just spectators for a show in Bushnell, IL.

The clubhouse with history

Spoon River Valley Antique Tractor Club is a great organized group that is based in a historic old barn. Their clubhouse has a rich history. Housing their tractors, in the building, is a suitable continued use.

The two buildings and carriage house are all that’s left standing from the early 1900s the facilities original intent was for breeding draft horses. The clubhouse had a twin at one time standing just to the west of it.

Later times, the building became a Case tractor dealership. Some of the box stalls were removed and parts bins and a counter were installed.

Tractors on display

I’m told the second story was packed with snowmobiles. I didn’t get the full story as to how that came about. If an individual is brave enough to venture up there they may still find one or two lurking in the dark.

The group holds monthly meetings and gets their tractors out to sun during fitting weather. There is a two day show held during Memorial Day weekend. I highly recommend visiting. You’re going to encounter a bunch of friendly people that love to talk “tractor”

We Celebrate Both Kinds Here

I brought up a discussion topic in the Facebook group Antique Iron Mafia not long ago. We were debating smaller tractors. Are they deemed tractors or lawn and garden tractors? 

Super 77 row crop tractors

Many different ideas were presented. Row crop tractors can be used to mow, but lawn tractors can’t necessarily be used in a row crop application. That’s a good point, so where is the line drawn?

160 acres takes a while with only 2 bottoms

Many manufacturing brands have built lessor horse power tractors in a smaller stature since the 40s. Older farms didn’t till as many acres as modern operations do now. 160 acres would seem pretty daunting to cover with a two or three bottom plow though. So why a 12 to 18 horse power one bottom capability?

These little power houses were built in wheatland country.

Simply, lawn & garden tractors are two different types of tractors! There is lawn tractors and then there are garden tractors. Sure there are more modern units classified as both all in one. The garden tractor has been a part of our heritage far longer though.

Jessica Basford on a “bear” of a tractor, a Farmall Cub

Garden tractors came in demand during and after WW2. They were built to work BIG gardens. Their popularity made working the bigger plots far easier. Garden tractors tend to have a row crop capable stature. Farmall may have built a Cub, but it was a bear of a worker. There were many tillage tools available for the handy machine. Allis Chalmers built a rear engine model that had the implements right at the operator’s feet

Allis Chalmers G on the right, and another nice little Avery tractor. Photo submitted by Kate Crocker

Lawn tractors came in to popularity in the early 60s. This type of machine had a more urban focus as the yards grew bigger. There were late 50s model lawn tractors built by companies like Bolens, Wheel Horse, and Simplicity, but these companies were building garden tractors before then. Making a mowing attachment available was easy.

My dad on one of the first model Case lawn tractors. The model 130

IH starting building their Cub Cadet in 1961. John Deere wasn’t to far behind making a lawn tractor available. Colt Manufacturing built a lawn tractor in the early 60s until Case bought the company in 1965. Its interesting to note how all the major tractor brands had lawn tractors built branded in their names. Many of the L&G models imitate the larger tractors looks.

Just like in the Blues Brothers movie. We have both kinds here… lawn and garden!

Shhh! Don’t tell these two they aren’t row croppers! We’ll hurt their feelings

Is This Really What Society Has Come Too?

I need to share some back story as to why I’m writing this article. I follow a YouTube channel Farmall Fanatic for obvious reasons. I’m pretty sure the channel host and I would be great friends.

One of his more recent videos had him calling out another content creator on YouTube Whistlindiesel. I don’t encourage anyone to view the video.

I watched part of the offensive video, and can guarantee I’m, and I would hope our crowd, are not his target audience. I could not stomach the whole thing. His format is destroying expensive items. He also takes great joy in creating hate toward himself.

The video I witnessed demonstrated to me a childish toddler with way to much money and very little respect for anyone or anything. It sickens me that others enjoy watching that sort of content. I don’t understand and therefore realize he would seek my hatred. My mistake is drawing further attention to his asinine intent by penning this article. The last the content needed is more time in the “fifteen minutes of fame”

The object of his destruction is a Farmall 1206. He purchased the tractor on auction for a phenomenal amount of money. According to his testimony, several collectors took offense to his purchase, this being his reason for the tractor’s destruction. I find it hard to believe that fellow collectors would treat him rudely. Most enthusiasts I know would have celebrated his purchase with him. Of course his immature attitude is very transparent. Fellow collectors would probably be sickened by his buying the tractor.

My opinion is aligned with Farmall Fanatic. He purchased the 1206, it is the kid’s property to do with as he feels. If he chooses to create YouTube content by destroying a tractor that’s also his right. It’s his freedom of expression.

It is terribly sad that he has such disregard for American heritage. Hopefully someday the young man will mature and realize his attitude is lacking. I question his parentage to allow this temperament. Unfortunately his morality seems to be growing into a majority of other like minded.

Our great nation’s political and moral climate is very much on a decline of late . Recent events have caused me great concern of our country’s well being. This can be seen as an example of why.

Below is a link to the Farmall Fanatic YouTube video. Again, I don’t recommend watching the offensive WhistlinDiesel video talked about. Search and discover at your own risk

Williamsville Tractor Show

Sunday was a fun day to have an inaugural tractor show. September 12th fall like weather was perfect! There was an occasional breeze to keep the temperature pleasant. The show location was situated in front of Williamsville’s old railroad depot and train museum.

The tractor show was held in companion with the town’s fall festival. Nick Menke organized the event, doing an outstanding job. 26 units were on display. There were some lawn and garden equipment and a vintage truck in the mix.

Nick Menke, Hannah Durchholtz, and Jeffrey Menke were members of the hosting staff. Photography credit unknown

There was a nice assortment of Oliver, John Deere, Farmall, and Cub Cadet. A few notable pieces included a Farmall C demonstrator, a David Bradley tri trac, and a Shaw Du-all.

David Bradley Tri Trac on the left
Shaw Du-all, flying the colors, tucked among the row crop tractors, photo credit Nick Menke

Nine of the participating tractors went on a short drive to get a little exercise.

All in all it was a great time to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and most of all relax. Of course Carl Davis was able to relax more than others, the sure sign of a successful show.

Carl Davis in relax mode

Cody Vedder was the lucky winner of the raffle tractor. A Allis Chalmers WC. Congratulations to a first time tractor owner!

Cody Vedder with his new tractor


I promised the following of the Facebook group Antique Iron Mafia a little magic fun. I’m going to restore the subject tractor in the header picture in the blink of a camera’s eye!

Okay here we go! Prepare to be amazed. This is a Shaw Du-all R12T, I’ll go more into detail about Shaw manufacturing in another article, but right now let’s have some magical fun.

I found this interesting book tucked away on a dusty shelf not long ago. I can get distracted pretty easy when I research, that may be partly why I take so long. Of course, I try to be very thorough too!

So here goes….

With incantation and wave,”

Of a magical hand,”

“The beauty appearance shall save,”

Grandeur restore this old brand!”

~{{ POOF }}~

And there you have it! Completely restored!

Farmall 300

One of Edwards Tractor Restoration’s projects to be completed recently was a sweet little Farmall 300. The tractor isn’t totally unique, in fact, 300’s are pretty common. 29077 tractors rolled off the assembly line.

Photo by Doug Edwards

The model 300 was built from 1954 to 1956. There was also a utility and hi- crop variation. These tractors were being produced in the time when Farmall had created their version of a three point hitch, which they introduced calling it the fast hitch. International Harvester first introduced the fast hitch as an option on the Super C. The 300 was one of the first row crop model having the fast hitch variation.

This particular 300 has a very handy two hydraulic cylinder controlled hitch. This style isn’t unique, but I’ve never seen very many like it. It may very well be an early attempt at “draft control” Its very helpful when plowing

Notice the hydraulic cylinder directly in front of the rear wheel

When Harvester introduced the new number series they created a sleeker looking style. The tractor has a more modern flair. One can speculate this was done competing with other tractor manufacturers.

This 300 was on a single wheel row crop option. The change to a two wheel front happened when the most recent owner acquired the machine.

Photo by Jason Edwards

Sled Hooking to be Helpful

Photo by Megan Wunderlich

Saturday, June 19th several Oliver enthusiasts gathered in West Alton, Mo. The Olivers Pulling between the River event, hosted by River Point Tractor Pulling Association & Edwards Tractor Restoration took place. Mother Nature gave the event a comfortable day to start, and didn’t turn up the heat to bad until later in the day. Those involved had a pretty good time.

Line up for “weigh in”
Host Doug Edwards weighs in

The tractor pull was held as a charity fund raiser for the Floyd County Museum in Charles City, Ia. The profits, from the event, are being donated to the museum’s building repairs fund. Floyd County Museum houses the Oliver archives and a impressive Oliver collection.

I made a deal with Kevin Westerhold,

Kevin Westerhold was helpful to achieve sponsorship. His simple request was to have a picture. I obliged under the condition he bring the sled to pose. He did! Thanks Kevin and thanks to the sponsors on the sign

Special thanks goes to Aumann Vintage Power & Classic Tractor Fever for their help in promoting the event. Their expert skills made many people aware of the event taking place.

All the way from Arkansas

Not everyone was “local” Dave Hanson made the drive from Corning Ar. That’s a good distance to compete. I actually met up with Dave early in the morning for his interview. I discovered traveling was a pretty usual occurrence. Thank you Dave for coming.

He came to go the distance
Taking the sled to the glory end of the track

Marlene Cummins isn’t afraid to show the boys “How its done!” She competed with Ms Oliver

How cool would it be to win a pulling tractor by means of a raffle ticket? Roger Emig, from Mascoutah, knows what that’s like. St Jude builds a puller every year to create funds for their hospital. 2021 was a Oliver 77 named Lucky 77.

Roger Emig won a winner

The Lucky 77 stays with it’s theme. Notice the card suit detail in the back wheels. 750 lbs of custom weight were included.

750 lbs of custom weights were part of the package

Roger shared that the tractor interrupted hunting season. A friend asked if he was ready and he joked “Nah, I got to go get my tractor in Mississippi” The joke was on him, he really did!

The turn out for the event could have been bigger. There was plenty more room and time for competitors. The weather, north of West Alton, was stormy. That may have been a major factor

There was plenty of parking
Lined up and ready

Thanks to everyone that took part. 78 hooked the sled for the charity of our Oliver heritage.