Hi Joe and All!
That was a very good description of our very good friend Tub Drohman of Ruskin, Nebraska. Not very many “outsiders” realized that every empty barn, garage or building in Ruskin was used by Tub to store his collection. He had a building across the street that housed his triple series tractors and shelves of parts. It was not noticeable only because everyone was looking the his “Dealership” building.
The first time I ever met Tub was at Hughesville, PA in 2002. The late Mike Jones and I had traveled to the show together. We had unloaded his MH 30 and my original MH 444 Standard and were leaving for the day. As we approached the truck we could hear some one yelling “stop, stop” We looked around and a small statured senior gentleman was running across the parking area headed in our direction! Little did we know he was yelling at me!!
Once he caught his breath he shared that he REALLY liked my MH 444 and wanted to buy it! At first I was taken aback about his enthusiasm of my tractor but why me?? Did he greet everyone this way? Little did I know that Tub had probably one of the largest collections of the MH triple series tractor around. He reacted to any Triple in the same way. He was particularly excited in the fact it was a very nice original 444. I took it as a sincere compliment that someone like Tub would recognize the importance of keeping them original. That was one of my first lessons learn in the tractor collecting world.
That simple but memorable day was the beginning of a very long and sincere relationship with not only me but also my wife, Ony. Tub’s stature, attitude, warm and caring heart were the very same attributes of her own father. We made several trips to beautiful Ruskin, NE, enjoyed our meals at the Broken Spoke but cherished our times with Tub.
At his auction I bought the very first tractor sold that day – MH 44 K. Purposefully, I did not take the trailer! So Ony and I both went back to pick up the tractor but more importantly, we knew it would be the last time we would see him. When we were ready to load the tractor, it surprisingly started right up (It hardly ran at the auction) and it had newer rear tires (only because the old ones did not hold air at the auction)!! That was Tub and our friendship. After we left I told Ony the tires and the engine work was a gift to her from Tub.
Love you Tub - RIP