30th Annual Red Power Round Up – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

The 30th Annual Red Power Roundup was hosted by Central Pennsylvania, Chapter 17 at the Bloomsburg, PA fairgrounds on June 27-29, 2019. Featured at this show were the 40 and 60 series tractors and the IH Scout.

Several Missouri Chapter 1 members made the long drive out and it was well worth the trip. There were numerous vendors inside and out, one large exhibit was the number of Cub Cadets and related implements. Also on display were a Red Baby salesman truck and a snowplow used by the Department of Sanitation in New York City with a good showing of scouts and trucks on display.

One feature that Chapter 17 offered was bus tours over to Millville, Pa. where visitors to the show got the rare opportunity to step back in time. Once there you arrived at the IH Prototype building which was a dealership owned by the Bartlow family. After World War II the International Harvester Company wanted their dealerships to look alike so that they would easily be recognized as IH dealerships. Mr. Bartlow started building his in 1946. There have been several hours of restoration put into this building by some of the Chapter 17 members as the chapter is now the owner of this rare museum. Most of the interior of the building is original and/or being restored to original design such as a large roll up door which included a walk-in door that divided the shop from the display floor and parts department. The office looked like you could walk in and order your new tractor or go to the original parts counter and buy many of yesterday’s parts that are still in boxes in the parts bins. The dealership sold only agricultural equipment and home appliances.

If you get out East take time to visit this dealership, as an IH collector it is well worth your time.  

Our President’s Message

I hope everyone has had a great summer as we move right on into the fall. Looks like some of the crops in our area are beginning to turn and harvest will be beginning soon.

Even with the warm temperatures we had a great turnout for our state show hosted by the Mark Twain Old Threshers in Paris, MO July 11-14. There was a good turnout of tractors and a good crowd, thanks to everyone at Mark Twain Old Threshers for being great hosts!

We had a good turnout for the membership meeting at Paris. Director elections were held, and two new directors were elected to the board. Dana Gillig from Sedalia and Doug Climer from Rogersville also David Youse from Shelbina was re-elected. A special thanks to Ron Strange and Richard Rackers for their years of service.

Our next membership meeting will be held at Silver Dollar Restaurant in Eldon, Mo. on October 5th. We will be ordering off the menu so please rsvp if you plan to attend for a head count for the meal.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer and be safe going to the shows, hope to see everyone in Eldon.

~ Andrew Dawson – President


The Chapter #1 family would like to extend sympathy at the loss of Harry Lutz of the Kansas Chapter #3. Harry was a huge help at the RPRU 2015 in Sedalia heading up the truck area. Harry passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

The Chapter #1 family would like to extend sympathy at the loss of Don Grzeskowiak. Don passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2019.

Chapter Merchandise Update.

It has been a very busy summer and we are still hard at it. Red Power Round Up 2019 was one of our most successful sales events to date thanks to a very motivated group of visitors. We were able to sell a lot of the leftover RPRU 2015 show books, buckles and hat pins. A special thanks to Brenda Buxton who selfishly helped with the tables every day and the only one who stayed Saturday. We must also thank Betty Hutton, Tana Mitschele, Libby Youse, Judy Harrell and our three granddaughters who helped man the tables and support the club. The trip home was much better with all the empty tubs, we just about sold out of everything. On the way home we were mentally building a list of what all we had to order to be able to support the State show less than two weeks away. Thanks to Results Advertising for working with us in getting everything ordered and get it embroided in such a short time, they are truly a great help to our club. The state show in Paris was really nice, we were positioned in a very nice air-conditioned building in between the food vendors selling kettle corn and ice cream, what more could we have asked for? Thank you Ron Goodding for the best spot on the ground, Mark Twain Old Threshers put on a very good show. A big thanks to Brenda Buxton and Betty Hutton for helping us with the merchandise.

We have been handling the merchandise for the last 11 years at both the RPRU and Winter Convention which has limited our ability to see the show and attend the tours, not to mention the burden of hauling all the merchandise along with us.  We would like to ask for some assistance at the RPRU and Winter convention for this coming year. We would like at least four people that are planning to attend the events to dedicate at least ½ day of each event at the tables to allow us to attend the tours and/or seminars. We will work with you and teach you to operate the register and learn the merchandise as needed. The Winter Convention is in North Carolina, February 13-15 in Clemmons, NC. RPRU is in Huron, SD June 25-27. We will have a sign up roster at the Christmas meeting for anyone interested, or you can e-mail us using the email on the website. We will continue to support our quarterly meetings, christmas dinner, state show and Cub-a-rama with the sale of club merchandise.

If you would like to see us sell something different or have a different shirt made please email us your ideas. We will do out best but cant promise due to cost or availability.

Hope to see you all at the next meeting and the Cub-a-Rama.

Penni Weiss

IH Collectors Through the Generations

The next generation of IH Collectors was evident in our neighborhood August 14, 2019, when our 15 year old neighbor, Brice Triplett, with his Dad, brother, and sister riding shotgun pulled into our driveway with the first official test drive of his 1964 International Scout. Even though it wears a little rust, and the brakes were a little iffy, and dad’s seat was a milk crate, the motor and transmission were running fine. Brice and his Dad, Andy, had been working on the Scout getting it ready for the Community Day Parade in our little town of Conway in September. And there it was, running great and everybody grinning ear to ear. Mom even stopped by as she was going home and got to ride on the return trip. Brice has a goal of restoring the Scout and has already started looking for parts and pieces to make this happen. Thanks for sharing this exciting moment with us! With a young man like Brice, and his interest in restoration, IH will continue to live on. Submitted by ~ Tom and Mary Ann Lindley

Old & Wow Tractor Show, Missouri State Fair

Miles Wolfe has done a great job with the Old and Wow tractor show that is held during the Missouri State Fair.

The newly restored Chapter 1 IH trailer was on display at the show. President Andrew Dawson, Greg Harrell, and Dr. Dana Gillig visited with all of those who stopped to visit. To the right Greg visits with member Dick Hollrah of Sweet Springs, Mo.

FFA Tractor – Restored by Conway FFA

Katie Smith Restores Farmall Super C – Displayed at State Fair

One of our youngest IH members has had a busy summer. Katy Smith has won many awards with her restoration of her Farmall C. After restoring, she entered in the local Shelby County fair where she was awarded a blue ribbon and, on the list, to go to state. She also won the FFA Districts. Her tractor was parked out in front of the FFA Building during the Missouri State Fair. Katy also took it to Rantoul, Illinois to the Half Century Progress where she had the honor of meeting Max Armstrong who asked Katy to send him information and pictures of her tractor. So, stay tuned we might get to hear or see Katy on TV on This Week in Agribusiness.

Continued Prayers

John Wolfe
Longtime member John Wolfe has had to have a kidney removed. He is home and getting along OK.
His address is: 4105 SE State Hwy H Faucett, Mo. 64448
Janet Williams
Longtime member Janet Williams is recovering from a broken hip at her home.
Her address is: 1210 S Washington Mexico, Mo. 65265