It has been a while since my last blog post. WOW! What a busy summer and fall between tractor shows, auctions and well, life! I’m pretty sure everyone can relate. In the past few months I’ve been to quite a few different places, and met some really great people. In this blog post I will give a brief overview of what’s been happening lately.
The summer months are always filled with Little League Baseball and tractor shows in our home state of Illinois. If you’re familiar with shows in Illinois; then the Half Century of Progress in Rantoul comes to mind. Talk about a HUGE show! The show was full of demonstrations, exhibitors and tractor talk. Definitely a show to get on your calendar for 2019. We ended the summer in Pontiac for the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion on Labor Day Weekend. Our family has been going to Pontiac for years. Next year the Gathering of the Orange with Allis Chalmers will take place, and that will be a huge gathering.
Once the tractor shows were over, I switched gears and geared up for a very heavy auction schedule with Aumann Auctions. In late September, I flew to Dixon California for an online auction pick up with the Currey Family. Bob Currey will probably be one of my all-time favorites. The moment I stepped out of the car on his ranch, we hit it off. We talked about family, farming and of course tractors. Bob and his friend Linda prepared a wonderful meal and the fellowship continued that evening. The next day we helped buyers load up their purchases, and I headed to the airport. The trip was short, but the memories will stay with me forever.
The next auction was the Lyle and Helen Dumont Oliver Collection in Sigourney, Iowa. The collection had some of the nicest tractors, signs and memorabilia that I have ever seen. The Dumont’s showcased their collection in their museum in Sigourney, Iowa. The Dumont’s are very well known in the Oliver Tractor Community, and their dedication to the tractor hobby showed by the number of attendees that came to the auction. Some of the highlights included Oliver Town and Country 145 Garden Tractor sold for $6,250. Oliver 2150 MFWA sold for $29,000. Oliver 1750 FWA sold for $48,000! The Dumont’s are still very active collectors, and will be showcasing the new look to their museum in May 2018. I have made plans and will be visiting them next spring. Trust me, I can’t wait!
After the Dumont Auction, I headed back to the auction center in Nokomis, Illinois to gear up for the Annual Fall Harvest Auction. The auction center was a buzz with sellers dropping off implements, parts, toys, literature and tractors. There were over 175 tractors consigned. The auction center was transformed from day to day operations in to an awesome venue for an auction. Aumann Auctions proudly displayed a huge American Flag in the hoop building where the tractors were drove through as they were sold. The cashier area is so neatly decorated with vintage tractor pieces. I think everyone would agree it would make the ultimate man cave! I had a great weekend of fellowship with customers and sellers. Next up on the auction schedule; sunny California!
I arrived in Los Angeles International Airport, and it was a three-hour drive to the Peltzer Farm in rural Porterville, California. The route had many oil wells, fruit trees and farmsteads. I’m used to corn and soybean acres, and seeing all of the different agriculture farms was neat to see. Upon arriving at the auction site the first thing to catch my eye was the beautiful row of prairie tractors. From the Holt 75 to the Rock Island Heider to the Avery tractor; I knew this was going to be an awesome auction! The open house was on Friday, and there was a lot of out of state bidders on hand. Some from Indiana, Kansas, Illinois and some locals as well. Every night for dinner we tried new restaurants, but my favorite by far was the local tacos. You can’t get fabulous tacos in Illinois, that’s for sure! The auction kicked off that Saturday morning. When the auctioneer got to the row of Prairie Tractors you could sense the excitement building. The Holt ended up selling for $325,000! Followed by the Avery 40-80 tractor for $160,000! Impressive, record setting numbers!! After the auction the crew went out for dinner and reflected on a great week in California. The next day I boarded a plane back to Illinois. I was ready to see my family and jump back in helping my husband with our tiling and excavating business.
I truly enjoy being able to travel the country and meet some really awesome collectors! Also, you can see all of the auction results at aumannvintagepower.com. Follow The Rusty Wheel on Facebook at The Rusty Wheel Twitter TheRustyWheel
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