Hello my name is Ben Chestnut. I will soon be a resident of
rural Odon for 61 years. I have been married to Becky for 37
years. We have a son Daniel, daughter in law Missy and
granddaughter Kinze. We also have a daughter Sarah and her
friend Nick. I am a member of the Shiloh Church of God. I am
a charter member and founder of the White River Valley
Antique Association at Elnora Indiana.
I (we) have enjoyed collecting McCormick Deering and
Farmall tractors for several years. I had a few tractors when
Becky and I were married and she has added several since then. We have several unstyled McCormick Deering and Farmall tractors with many of them on full steel. We show
several of our tractors with mounted equipment each year at the White River Valley Antique Association at Elnora IN, always the weekend after Labor Day. We also have several of the letter series, a few of the 300 thru 450, an 806 and a half dozen cub cadets. I believe we have three tractors with three digit serial number (including Farmall M S/N 673). Recently we have been collecting some of the offset Farmalls such as Super A, 130 and 140 with one point fast hitch and fast hitch equipment. We also enjoy collecting IH toy tractors, tools and memorabilia. A couple of my favorite tractors are a 1936 McCormick Deering W-30 Orchard tractor on full steel and 1944 Farmall HV on full steel.
IH History to Come
Written by: Roger Krentsche
In what has been a lifetime of studying IH history, it is time for me to write about something I have I always wanted to do. I will be writing about each factory, research center and proving grounds that International Harvester has had.
Some of these places I know a lot about, some not so much, and some nothing. But I will do my best to write about what I know. will give you information if the buildings are still standing and where they are located.
As a longhaul truck driver, I have had the opportunity to have visited a lot of these places. I will start with the farm division, truck division, construction division and everything else. Now, I would like to share a few interesting facts about International that I have learned recently.
Did you ever wonder where the name International Harvester Company came from? After the merger of 1902, J.P. Morgan named it International Harvester Company. One last fact. After the government anti-trust suit of 1918 settlement, IH had to let go of 4778 dealers to have one dealer per town. So in a way the US government helped build Deere’s dealer network.
My name is Dwayne Hansford and I have been involved with Indiana Chapter #7 since day one and am a charter member. I was the treasurer for the first 9 years and
decided to take a break from the board so I was just a
spectator for a few years. Now this fall I was asked to
run as a director and became a board member once again.
A little history on who I am. I grew up around Farmall and
IH tractors and equipment and working with my
grandparents on there small in Rush County when I had
school breaks or holiday times. The first tractor I drove
was an M Farmall at the age of 12. Little did I know it
would lead me to be an collector and supporter of IH
When I got to the age of getting a job I was fortunate to work on a big cattle and hog farm and we farmed close to 4000 acres back in the early 80's. Then after that I worked for a couple of different shops as a mechanic. Then I went to work for a Case IH dealership as a mechanic and shop foreman for ten years. While I was at the
dealership I got interested in the tractor collecting hobby and parts business.
Now I own Rustic Red Acres Tractor Parts along with my wife Sandy and we just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. Sandy and I go to several shows throughout the summer and sell parts as a IH vendor and enjoy the IH feature shows. We have been in business for close to 25 years and enjoy supporting the IH hobby and helping folks with there projects big or small. We have a collection of IH and Farmall tractors and equipment and really like the Pre 1939 era. We have a son and daughter that have been involved in our hobby since they were small children. We have added to our collection throughout the last 30 years and met a lot of great collectors and family's with the same interest as us and have enjoyed making new friends along the way.
I am also the current president of Johnson County Antique Machinery Assoc and have been in that position for 28 years. I am a charter member there as well and helped start that club. Johnson County Antique Machinery has hosted two Indiana Chapter #7 state shows in the past.
I hope I can help bring some new ideas to the IH club to push the hobby in to the future and keep bringing in new collectors.
My name is Jim Yoars. I am married to Cheryl.
I started collecting tractors in 2001, the same year I joined
Chapter 7. The collection started with a Farmall C that my
grandfather bought new in the fall of 1947. I currently have
35 tractors. The oldest is a 1938 F-20. The newest is a 1976
966 Black Stripe which my father bought new.
I graduated from Purdue with a BS in Agriculture Management.
I am a veteran of the Vietnam era. I retired from active farming
in 2001 and retired from management with Chrysler Corporation
My two sons live nearby and I have 4 grandsons, with one granddaughter due in February. I am active in my church, McGrawsville United Methodist Church. I am President of the Santa Fe Cemetery Association.
My wife and I enjoy going to Red Power Round Up’s. I enjoy visiting with (and sharing stories and ideas with) club members at the meetings and shows.
Here are some updated photos of the Restoration Project. The class is hoping to have the tractor complete by the end of the semester.
International Harvester Collectors
Indiana Chapter 7
My name is Emmett Webb. I was born and raised in East Central Indiana on a farm in Wayne County, with 320 acres
of grain, hogs and feeder cattle. At the
ripe age of 6, I got to drive my first
tractor, an F12, which the neighbor
used to pull a sled to haul sorghum to
the press. He would tie the steering
wheel with twine and put the sorghum
on the sled. He put me on the seat and
told me to hold it straight and was my
first love for IH.
I spent several years in 4-H and not only
worked with my family on our farm but
helped other farmers around as a
hand. I have spent several years in the
environmental field, with over 35 years
in Hazardous Waste Cleanup. Since retiring, I now work part time with our local Harvest Land Co-Op, driving a tender truck for them the past 6 years. I have been on our local Town Board for the past 9 years. I helped organize our local fire board, of which I was President for 3 years. I attended my first IH Winter Convention at Fort Wayne and my first Red Power Round Up in Hookstown, PA and I have been attending both events every year.