A report of the actions and discussions from each monthly meeting will be distributed to the membership through the club newsletter. The newsletter also includes information about upcoming club events. Members can receive the newsletter either by e-mail or by U.S. mail. The newsletter is usually distributed about 12 days before the next monthly meeting.

Latest available monthly newsletter: 

April 2018 Newsletter  

 April Meeting:  The general membership meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on April 12 at the Fire Barn in Waterloo (2523 Old River Road).  We’ll start with a short business meeting and then adjourn to the parking lot to view our recently purchased grist mill and Galloway hit-and-miss engine.

 Future Meetings & Events:

Date Event Location
April 7 Open House Larsen Tractor Test Museum
April 12 General Membership Meeting – 7:00 Fire Barn, Waterloo
 May 10  General Membership Meeting – 7:00 Fire Barn, Waterloo
 June 14  General Membership Meeting – 7:00  Fire Barn, Waterloo
 July 12  General Membership Meeting – 7:00  Show Grounds, Sarpy Cty Fair

 New / Returning Members:  EVAPA welcomes Jim Norton of Nickerson and James Nygren of Omaha.

 Dave Macdonald Elected Vice President:  By a unanimous show of hands, Dave Macdonald was elected vice president of EVAPA at our general membership meeting on March 8.  Thanks to Dave for agreeing to serve the club.

 EVAPA Volunteer of the Year:  At the March general membership meeting, John Bern was presented an award bench to recognize his selection as EVAPA Volunteer of the Year for 2017.  Thanks to John for his service and to Harold Cowan for building the award.

 Message from President Cheryl Dillon:  Has spring sprung?  We have to remember we live in the Midwest and the weather changes daily, if not hourly.  Hopefully, it will start to warm up and stay dry so the farmers can get into the field to plant their crops.  The same goes for Farmer Jim Dillon and his wheat crew.

Don’t forget the open house at the Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum on April 7.  See details later in this newsletter.

2018 Memberships:  Membership renewals for 2018 are due.  To renew your own membership or provide a gift membership for someone else, complete the enclosed membership form.  Send the completed form along with $30 to Jeff Meyer, 7108 N. 121st Street, Omaha, NE 68142.

 Treasurer’s Report:  The club’s bank balance was $5,357 at the end of March.  Expenses for the month included $43 for the Volunteer of the Year award, $547 for seven months storage for the newly purchased grist mill, $55 for wheat flour bags, and $54 for exhibitor parking at the Triumph of Ag Expo.

 Trip to Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum:  On April 7, the Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Many EVAPA members have expressed interest in visiting the museum. This would be the perfect time.  EVAPA members will meet at 10:00 AM at the museum.  It’s located on the UNL East Campus at N. 35th Street and Fair Street.  A $5 donation is suggested. After the tour, the group will take lunch at the nearby Golden Corral Buffet.

 Eastern Nebraska Tractor Ride:  This event is scheduled for the second week in July.  The ride will start in Arlington, NE, and last for 1.5 days (Friday – Saturday).  The group is expecting 150 tractors.  Rick Lienemann will provide more details as the date draws near.

 Triumph of Agriculture Expo:  The 52nd Annual Triumph of Agriculture Expo was held at the CenturyLink Center from February 28 to March 1.   Thanks to the following EVAPA members for displaying their tractors:  Warren Anthony, Denny Baehr, Harold Cowan, Tyrone Fries, Richard Kahl, and John Mock.  Special thanks to Harold Cowan for coordinating EVAPA’s participation in this annual event.

 Gathering of the Green (submitted by Dwight Anderson, EVAPA cub reporter):  The biennial Gathering of the Green was held March 21-24 at the River Center in Davenport, IA.  The Gathering offers bus tours, clinics, and guest speakers related to John Deere equipment and history.  In my opinion, there is more work and planning put into this event than any other tractor show that I attend.  John Deere is very proud of their history.

After the Gathering, I asked several EVAPA members to share their favorite memories:

Denny and Nora Baehr – Both Denny and Nora enjoyed the Kinze tour, which includes the Kinze factory and John’s personal tractor collection.  Kinze makes planters and grain carts in Williamsburg, IA.  They also enjoyed the Ken Kass collection.  Ken Kass is well known for his restorations of Waterloo Boy and large prairie tractors.

Judy Beck – Judy’s favorites were the John Deere Engine Works and our banquet speaker on Saturday night.  As is true for all John Deere tours, the Engine Works tour guides are John Deere retirees.  Political correctness has influenced these tours, as the guides were coached to refer to a pair of robots as “East and West” rather than “Beavis and Butthead.”  The banquet speaker was Graham Thompson, Director of Global Tractor Portfolio and Strategic Growth.  His paper was titled “What Got Us Here Will Get Us There”.

Jack Beck – Jack’s favorites were the banquet speaker, Chris Adolphs’s paper titled “From Steel to Rubber, Early Wheels,” John Deere Engine Works, and the Ken Kass collection.  Jack was impressed by Ken’s grandson, Bodie.  At age thirteen, Bodie is an expert on prairie tractors.

Jeff Meyer – Jeff was impressed by the creative displays at the River Center, which included an Aermotor windmill complete with pump and stock tank.  He also enjoyed searching for NOS Dubuque parts among the 80 vendors under roof at the River Center.

My favorites were the Ken Kass collection and Neil Dahlstrom’s paper titled “John Deere’s Second Tractor, the All-Wheel Drive.”  Neil is Manager of Corporate Archives & History.  Our group made a side trip to the Rock Island Arsenal.  After visiting the military museum, we stopped at the Locks & Dam 15 visitor center just as a 15-barge tow of coal (the maximum allowed) was entering one of the locks.  You never know what you are going to see or do on a tractor trip.

In addition to those listed above, EVAPA attendees included Daryl Cox, Rick Lienemann, Mike O’Brien, Jeff Siebels, Jim and Sandi Vyhlidal, and Dave and Lyn Vyhlidal.

 2018 Annual Show:  Our 2018 annual show is scheduled for August 3-5.  The show will feature brands that are now part of AGCO Corporation, including Allis-Chalmers, Cockshutt, Ferguson, Massey-Harris, Massey Ferguson, Minneapolis-Moline, and Oliver.  See our listings in the Farm Collector Show Directory and the Antique Power Show Guide.

 Club Meeting Programs:  Dave Macdonald is planning programs for our club meetings.  If you have suggestions for a topic and/or speaker, please contact Dave at (402) 894-0387 or [email protected].

 Tractor Service and Repair:  New member Tim Dunn is owner of TnT Agri Diesel LLC in Logan, IA, which specializes in service and repair of all makes and models of tractors, including antiques.   Besides service and repair of engines, transmissions, and hydraulic systems, his shop does in house carburetor rebuilds and diesel injection system repair.  He can also resurface, crack check, and rebuild cylinder heads.  Business address is 3362 270th Street, Logan, IA 51546.  You may contact Tim at (712) 216-2691 or [email protected]

 Shirts, Hats, Magnetics Signs, and Name Badges:  Show your equipment with pride with EVAPA apparel, magnetic signs, and name badges.  Send orders and payment (check payable to EVAPA) to Larry Swartz, 1110 Parc Drive, Papillion, NE 68046.   Phone: (402) 250-2367.   E-mail:  [email protected].

















Time Event Location
10:00 – 10:30 AM Unload tractors Pesek’s farm
11:00 AM – Noon Tractor ride Pesek’s farm to Valley
Noon – 2:00 PM Display tractors Valley
2:00 – 3:00 PM Tractor ride Valley to Pesek’s farm
3:00 – TBD Pot luck with brats and burgers Pesek’s farm









































Time Event Location
10:00 – 10:30 AM Unload tractors Pesek’s farm
11:00 AM – Noon Tractor ride Pesek’s farm to Valley
Noon – 2:00 PM Display tractors Valley
2:00 – 3:00 PM Tractor ride Valley to Pesek’s farm
3:00 – TBD Pot luck with brats and burgers Pesek’s farm























Date Event Location
February 6 Significant Other Dinner Farmer Browns
March 9-10 Triumph of Ag Expo CenturyLink Center
March 10 General Membership Meeting Fire Barn
April TBD Board Meeting Fire Barn
April 14 General Membership Meeting Fire Barn



















































Date Meeting Type Location
January 7 Board Fire Barn
January 14 General Membership Class Omaha
February 6 Significant Other Dinner Farmer Browns
March 10 General Membership Fire Barn




Asset Estimated


AED $1,247
Banner Cart $250
Chalker $50
Clothing $1,400
Computer (laptop) $250
Coolers $50
Dyno $250
Dyno Water Tank $100
Gateway Arch $300
Gravity Flow Wagon $350
Hayrack $500
Hayrack $800
PA System (small) $125
PA System (large) $1,700
PA System (portable) $150
Packer $1,000
Refrigerator $50
Sawmill portable) $3,800
Tents (3) $450
Trolley $2,800
Total $15,622

















Date Time Slot # Needed
June 27 :00 M – 07:30 AM One
June 27 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM One
June 27 11:30 AM – 01:30 PM Three
June 27 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM Two
June 28 07:00 AM – 09:00 AM One
June 28 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM Two
June 28 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM One