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RE:1997-150th to 2022-175th Massey Harris Anniversary Memories and the Collectors we have met.

If you have ever made it to Ruskin, Nebraska in your travels you had to of met Duane (Tub) Drohman. Tub was one of the most nicest guys you will have ever met in the Massey Collecting and has left an everlasting memory on the hoby. When you rolled into the little town of Ruskin you couldn't miss the Massey Harris building located just across the road from the Broken Spoke bar/cafe, it was a real treat for the true Massey collector to see such a sight. Tub was an old school hard working man with a real soft spot for anything Massey Harris. I am glad I had the opertunity to have met him he will be forever in my great Massey Memories.
Joe
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RE:1997-150th to 2022-175th Massey Harris Anniversary Memories and the Collectors we have met.

I typically get an email alerting me to new posts on the MCA Discussion forum.  Tonight, after another long day of corn harvest, I got the notification of Joe Poncelet's post above.  This opened up this whole stream for me, which I had not seen before.  Very interesting, and I wish I had seen them back in August when the stream started.  So many good Massey folks I have met over the years. 

My first big Massey show was Georgetown, Ohio in 1993.  I took "Old Sam", my Grandpa's M-H 44 which I had recently restored.  That was the first time I met Don Snyder.  We were seated together at the banquet.  We immediately became good friends for life.  That was the show that pointed me in the direction of focusing on Massey tractors and equipement rather than the green and yellow stuff I had started on. 

I am attaching a photo of Don on his M-H 101 in a parade.  I used this photo on the Massey Quilts that Marlene out together for Massey Days 2016 at my place.

My job at Cummins took me across the pond several times to the UK and other places.  I was fortunate to be able to visit Malcom Robinson and John Farnworth multiple times while on company travels to the UK.  I hope to get back over there again once I actually get truly "retired".  All of the pictures I have from those visits are actualy printed photos.  I need to scan some of those some day so that I can share. 

Anyway, it was good to see John and Malcolm at the 175th Expo in Milton for the first time in what seemed like a long time.  Also, good to see Geer van de Ven from the Netherlands. 

I have many treasured memories from my times with all my Massey family of friends.  I know that it is unrealistic to think I could see the 200th anniversay celebrations.  But, wouldn't that be cool?

Signing off with the wise words, and our tag line coined by our dearly departed friend Don Snyder:
"Old Masseys collect the nicest People."

Cheers,

JB
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RE:1997-150th to 2022-175th Massey Harris Anniversary Memories and the Collectors we have met.

Thank you Joe and John for adding to the memories.

Fully agree with you Joe "the 175th year is not yet over" and great to continue adding to this thread with people we have met over the years.

I first met Duane 'Tub' Drohman at the Jim Decker auction in Kansas about 1994 plus many other events over the years, he always said "you have never been to Ruskin" and now I regret never getting to see his collection which he put together over the years, but thanks to the MCA website we have seen most of it from you guys who were there.

Another name I have just recalled from the early days, who again I first met at the Decker auction was the late Lawrence Myers and remember hearing all about his restoration of the No 2 tractor around that time.

Keep the photo's rolling in Joe, I am sure you have many more in your archives.



 

Malcolm

RE:1997-150th to 2022-175th Massey Harris Anniversary Memories and the Collectors we have met.

Malcolm,
Sorry you missed the opertunity to see Tub Drohman's Massey Building in person it was a sight to see, it was like taking a peek into the 1950;s  it was a sight to see....

Here is a couple pictures of where it all began, I've been arround tractor shows my whole life but this is the very first tractor show I took my wife Jo to. I remember her being quite impressed seeing all these Masseys and here asking the question how come all these eldery people get all excited about all this old stuff... Jo grew up with Allis Chalmers and diddn't see any reason for getting excited about them as that brought back memories of hard work and poor times.

Here is a picture of me standing by the Wallis Cub, for the first time in my life of ever seeing a Wallis Cub and at that time not knowing what I was even looking at. Not in a million years would I ever have even dreampt I would some day be the owner of this tractor.....

This show was also the very first time I met the legendary Malcolm Robinson, I remember him sounding so funny the way he talked and at the time thinking he was from so far away It was uncomprehendable. Not in a million years would have i ever thought I would some day jump a plane and go visit him much less more than once. I am glad I dragged my wife with me to that show as she is now our President of the Club.
Joe
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Another man that was I had the pleasure to meet and become good friends with was Rich Onesti. Rich was truely one of the most positive people you could ever come across in the tractor collecting hobby.  I will always remember him as one of the cleanest and well dressed classy and well spoken man I have ever met. Rich always did it right and didn't believe in cutting corners, he was also a true Wisconsin man and liked his beer and brats and just really loved life. I will remember him for ever and hope some of his wisdom and ways will have rubbed off on me.
Joe
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Joe we have Dennis Volling riding another Pedal at the National Show at Baraboo in 2012 we have find  it classic him Randy