December Featured Collector

  More than 25 years ago, Benny Benschoter got a Christmas gift that reminded him of his wonderful small-town childhood – this 1941 Oliver. However, his present wasn’t like most Christmas gifts, it lacked the sparkle, shine and glisten. The unrestored tractor was just like the one he worked with on his uncle’s farm in Kossuth County, Iowa, as a teenager during the World War II years. He received the old tractor as a gift from his oldest daughter's (Brooke Ann) family. The Model 70, which was found on a farm in northeast Kansas, was in need of major work and...

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November Featured Collector

Sometimes when a fellow gets the antique tractor bug, he really gets it bad. Such is the case with Darrell Oltmanns, a four-year member of the Elkhorn Valley Antique Power Association. In January 2000, a friend who was collecting old Allis Chalmers took Darrell to a farm auction and the friend ended up buying a good tractor. That’s when the tractor bug hit Darrell and the hunt was on. Darrell started looking for a Farmall B and located one in north central Nebraska. He was so certain that he was going to buy it that he borrowed a trailer to bring...

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October Featured Collector

What does a fellow who oversees 1.3 billion gallons of fuel consumption for the Union Pacific Railroad find fulfilling in tractor restoration? Plenty says Dwight Anderson, a 31-year employee (but now retired) who worked for Chicago & NorthWestern before its consolidation with UP. Dwight grew up north of Boone, IA on a farm that was generally partial to red-painted farm machinery. He was really excited when he inherited his father's 1946 Farmall H, as it was the first tractor he had operated at age11. Living and working in Omaha, he'd drive 175 miles to Boone and on each visit he would...

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September Featured Collector

Larry Kruse sees a distinct similarity between restoring an old tractor and hunting pheasants. Larry says he gets both the thrill of the hunt and the prize it provides. The hunter walks through the field and weeds looking for game (parts), only you use your checkbook rather than a gun to bring home the bounty. Then you have to clean and prepare your game (parts) and finally you feast on the reward. Early on, Larry, who was raised on a farm near Carroll, IA, decided that an engineering career would be more rewarding than working on a family farm....

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August Featured Collector

Even though Denny Baehr’s red truck bears a sticker that says, “Trucks are Red and Tractors are Green,” he sincerely likes and appreciates all brands of tractors. It’s just that he grew up loving green. In one of the first pictures taken of him, when he was about 9 months old, he’s sitting on his dad’s brand new 1944 A John Deere. His first recollection of driving a tractor was the new John Deere G his dad bought in 1952. He got to pull his grandpa’s Case hand-tie baler powered with a Wisconsin engine. Growing up...

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January Featured Collector

Jim Ryan has 5 sons and 14 grandchildren, and none of them live on a farm. But he wants them to have a little taste of what it was like in earlier times and that is why he got involved with old iron and the skills it took to operate it back then. It is his way of passing something on to them and other young people. Jim, who lives in Friend, NE with his wife Sharon, grew up on the farm, but left it to work in agricultural sales, ultimately owning his own business jointly with his brother. Each had...

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July Featured Collector

When Craig Voss puts on his black cap and maroon T-shirt with the EVAPA logo, it means that somebody is probably going to get to see his nicely restored 1948 Allis Chalmers model “C”with the wide front that day. It seems that the “C” is Craig’s favorite among a whole stable of AC’s. Stored in a 30 x 45 metal building he recently built, he has another C, two B’s, a WC, a WD45 and a D15, as well as a “ton” of tractor parts. He got the tractor bug after his father-in-law took him to a...

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June Featured Collector

This World War II Victory Garden tractor, owned by Howard Sheldon of LaVista, NE, was assembled from parts of a 1934 Ford sedan found in an East Lansing, Michigan auto salvage yard. The builder was Walter H. Sheldon, Howard’s father, and a teacher in the Agricultural Engineering Department of Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). It was built as a demonstration of what could be done during the War when tractors couldn’t be bought and everyone needed a big “Victory Garden” for to provide food during the rationing period. The tractor was completed in 1942 and...

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May Featured Collector

It’s one of life’s little miracles that Larry Greer (now deceased) became interested in antique tractors. Larry was born and lived the first 26 years of his life in north Omaha, NE. City living then wasn’t conducive to being exposed to tractors, farm implements or even farm life. After doing his tour of duty in military service, he returned home to marry (wife Cleo) and have a family of three girls and start a long and successful career at Omaha Public Power District. At the power company he was a foreman for general maintenance for nearly two decades and retired as...

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April Featured Collector

One of the biggest reasons people restore antique farm equipment is the family bond shared between generations. There is no better example of this in the Elkhorn Valley Antique Power Association than the 1935 John Deere D, owned by the Quinn family, specifically brothers Jim and Roger Quinn of Bennington and Elkhorn, NE and Roger's son Russ Quinn of Herman, NE. Their father and grandfather, the late John Byron "Jack" Quinn, farmed near Elkhorn his whole life and his first tractor was this D. Jack's older brother Edwin owned and operated a sandpit business near Venice, NE and had easy access...

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