Gilbert Tractor Club
Jan. 2, 2018
Meeting Place – Gilbert Community Center
Welcome \ Introductions:
Don kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone due to Jon being tied up with previous planned events.
There were no guest for the January meeting.
Minutes from Dec. were read and approved.
Al provided a treasury report and paid the bill for the dessert items from November gathering.
Pay your dues and get the year off to a good start.
Presenters for 2018 are needed and anything is welcome and anyone can be a guest speaker.
Thanks to Steve for arranging the Dec. trip to Scranton. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was noted it may have been one of the best trips the group has taken. The tour was detailed and informative, allowing members to learn about garbage trucks and the assembly. People enjoyed the History Boy furniture shop tour and his vintage tool collection.
We need to start thinking about and confirming dates for events during 2018.
The Gilbert celebration will be the 28th of July. Bob will look into the possible use of the track and a contract for the garden tractor pull this year. It may be the last year since it’s under new ownership.
We have 17 calendars left so get yours soon or they’ll be gone. They are even better this year than what we’ve had before. Thank Steve for the great job in getting all those pictures taken and placed in the calendar. The quality of the calendar this year is really wonderful.
Auctions or Threshing Events:
There was a flyer for Mid-Iowa Antique Power Association in Marshalltown August 3-5, 2018. Allis Chalmers is the featured tractor this year.
Loren Books wants everyone to mark their calendars for Moline Universal Tractor, Implements and Memorabilia Sept. 13th -15th, 2019 in Geneseo, Il. They’ll be celebrating their 100 years anniversary in 2019.
Jan. 6th-7th toy show in the Elwell building at the Iowa State Fair grounds.
4-Sale or Wish list:
Loren Book took us back to our school days with an older film projector film about the importance of weather and Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment. He also had a postcard of Gilbert and was hoping to identify which building may have been a Moline Plow business, based on the sign shown on a building on the postcard.
His dad ran a dealership in Nevada, IA during 1952 from which he had obtained the film we viewed. We heard many terms about weather which took us back to our school days. The film noted the best time to shell corn was when it was colder. Various types of plowing were discussed based on land use and possible erosion. E.g. strip plowing, contouring plowing, etc.
During a tornado the film noted they travel SW to NE. We learned the SW corner in a basement would be the safest location to be during a tornado.
We also learned, back during the early 1950’s, weather was communicated by newspaper, radio and being able to read the sky and clouds yourself. We found it interesting TV wasn’t mentioned and today we can use our cell phones!
Everyone enjoyed seeing the shiny new tractors and equipment in the film, plus the refresher on weather terminology. Great film to own and thanks to Loren for sharing with the club.