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 […]

Horses at the Half Century of Progress


The Half Century of Progress wasn’t all about machinery; it was also about horse power.  Jim Buzzard of Beecher City, Illinois was at the show with his Haflinger horses that pulled a John Deere two-bottom plow. He chose this beautiful breed he said, “I like the Haflinger size and their nature.  They are probably the […]


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I liken it to a cattle drive with the cowboys hollering out, “Load em up,” or  “Unload em” only in this scenario, we are not talking about cows or horses, but the iron version, antique tractors. Tractors that is of all sizes, makes and models. At the Half Century of Progress, they came in droves, like […]

Harvest at the Half Century

With harvest looking to be still weeks and maybe a month away in central Illinois, the Half Century of Progress was one of the only opportunities farmers and lovers of old iron have had recently to watch harvest in action. At the Half Century of Progress show, Keith, my husband and I reveled in the […]

Fun at the Chanute Air Museum

At this year’s Half Century of Progress, Keith and I met up with several owners of military tractors and had the privilege meeting up with Ed and Cindy Warns of Ogden, Illinois. The Warns had their 1956 Allis Chalmers Shop Mule that was built to move planes around. “It came out of the old Buda […]