July 2014

Sometimes you see something that moves you and unexpectedly touches you. This was the case at the 35th Annual Antique Tractor, Engine and Machinery Show this past June when I spied a beautiful blue 1952 Chevrolet 3100 short box pickup on the grounds at the Gilmore Car Museum. The truck is a story of loss […]

Recently my mom and I took a jaunt to Geneva, Illinois. We found a unique shopping district off Third Street and loved the little shops, Wide Avenue and off streets. We parked, perused and ended up for lunch on the recommendation of a stop at a garage sale at the Little Traveler for lunch. Originally […]

This weekend my friend Linda Spanberger and I took a spin through Springfield’s Washington Park with our focus on the rose garden and conservatory. While walking that direction we discovered a beautiful statue, the Angel of Hope statue that was built in 2008 by the Springfield Angel of Hope, a Non-Profit Group founded by parents […]

Soaring 12 stores high in Washington Park, the Rees Carillon named for Senator Thomas Rees is a centerpiece of the park. I just learned that tours of the carillon far available and that visitors can get a birds eye view from the balcony plus get an inside glimpse at the 67 bells that make up […]

For anyone fascinated with the history of windmills, a visit to Batavia, Illinois might be in mind. Along their river walk, visitors can see several variations of windmills, many built right there in the city. At one time, Batavia had six windmill companies that produced hundreds of windmills each year. Windmills were in production from […]

The Batavia Body Company was a company that rose out of the Newton Wagon Company, was part of Emerson Brantingham and then was plucked off into its own entity by the local citizens of Batavia. A sample of one of the refrigerated body trucks they built was on display at the Batavia Depot Museum. The […]

Living in Springfield, Illinois, the Lincoln connections are common. I am always surprised when traveling outside of Springfield and finding Lincoln history in unexpected places like the Batavia Depot Museum. My mom and I had headed to the Chicago suburbs for a play and a bit of browsing in little shops and I hoped learning […]

I felt a little like Timmy in a “Lassie Come Home” show when we drove up to Benton Harbor, Michigan on June 26th, 2014 and brought our Bradley tractor along with a few other collectors back home to the Ross Carrier plant where they were built. We were part of a group of collectors on […]

Our Thrifty Farmer offers a bumpy ride. Thoughts of traveling or working with iron wheels makes me appreciate todays travel mode. As beautiful as our Thrifty Farmer is, I am glad travel and farming today is on rubber!

I arrived on opening day at the Historic Days Show in Penfield, IL. The first day is always my favorite because it is not too crowded and collectors often have time to talk and share information about their great machinery. If there was ever a year of great machinery, this one was it. The 2014 […]