August 2016

Running with the Rumleys

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The 2016 American Thresherman show in Pinckneyville, IL was filled with the rumbles of Rumley tractors and one very rare Rumley truck belonging to Mike Travis.  Rumleys along with Allis Chalmers were the featured brand. I loved this amazing truck that Mike Travis brought to the show. Mike Travis Is from Corning, Iowa and he thinks […]

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A Ride in a Bi-Plane over Portland

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This year was the 51st Tri State Gas & Engine Show in Portland, Indiana. At this massive show, I heard one young man say to another, “This is the largest show this side of the Mississippi!”  This year International Harvester was the featured tractor and while we were enjoying views of this show from the […]

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  A recent trip through Ladd, Illinois brought a couple wonderful surprises. We found this amazing tank on display as well as a monument dating back to World War I.  The dough boy has been restored to it’s early splendor. We stopped while driving through town to see these roadside pleasures. We spied the military […]

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I could see it coming The State Fair sealed it’s fate Summer is ending It’s about too late For beaches and lightening bugs Searing sunshine Grandkids on weekday hikes Time to call mine. The corn is ripening The stalks readying for fall Harvest is around the bend I hear the combine call. The day ends […]

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What do you say about a man that changed the face of the antique tractor collecting hobby?  Almost anyone that has been to the Half Century of Progress or the I & I Club’s Historic Farm Day’s has seen Darius’s hand at work. He could move mountains with a phone call or a look. Darius […]

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A Ride in a B29 Bomber, a dream come true

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My husband Keith is a farmer, but when he was young, he was also a pilot. This was possible because Bob, his 2nd cousin, who also was his landlord loved planes and decided to buy a Cessna. Together the two took flying lessons deepening even further the bonds between the two.  Bob Reichert was like a […]

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Lately I have been trying to use social media not only for fun, but to help with trip planning.  This September I am going to Oregon to cover some events and wanted to try out new techniques and the results are interesting.  Here are some of my finds that may work for you too.  Some […]

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After visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum this past week with my grandchildren and witnessing again the tally of soldiers wounded in the Civil War on both sides, this was the perfect time to pick up Soldiers At The Doorstep.  The book is written by Larry S. Chowning and shares some interesting Civil War Lore. […]

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Barnacopia!

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Barnacopia, the word says it all! Barn and copia meaning abundance or plenty. Gary and his wife, the late Judy Bocker built this beautiful peg barn and filled it with all the things they had collected over the years. The collections tie in with their lives and it is great fun to take a tour with […]

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I love Amsterdam.  I have been there twice and loved the canals, the old, old buildings that tilt, the windmills and the beauty of the city.  When I read Rita Fridman’s wonderful guest blog she is sharing with Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl I was taken back.  This is wonderful to read about the […]

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