Iron Maidens

Pioneer Power Antique
Tractor Club readies for show

Miles brothers have long history with the club

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2012) – Having grown up on a farm, Calvin Miles believes it’s important to preserve a heritage that has made America what it is today. He became a member of a local vintage tractor club to prove to future generations how important farming was and still is to everyone.
Miles, 53, grew up in the Carrollton area. From the time he was 12 years old until 1998, he raised a tobacco crop. Miles continued to farm until about 14 years ago and presently works in Carrollton.

Calvin Miles

Photo provided

Calvin Miles poses with his 1952
Farmall Super M that he displays.

His father, Roy Miles, was a founding member of the Pioneer Power Antique Tractor Club. He and his brother, Randall, were original members as well as their mother, Mary Louise Miles. Calvin is presently the club’s president.
He joined the club “a few years ago when farming started to die off,” he said. “The younger generation doesn’t know how this equipment was used. Young people don’t know how their grandfathers and great-grandfathers used this equipment on the farm.”
Miles owns a Farmall 460, a Super H, and a Super M that has been fully restored. “I enjoy restoring equipment,” he said. The oldest tractor Miles owns is a 1935 Massey Ferguson diesel.
The Miles family will be participating in the Pioneer Power Antique Tractor Club’s 10th annual show on May 11-13. The free event will be held behind Kentucky Motor Services show grounds, where there are several acres to accommodate the event on Highland Avenue in downtown Carrollton.
The Miles family will be showcasing two tractors that now belong to the family and were originally purchased by Miles’ father. The event will feature vintage tractors and farming implements, including a hay baler dating to 1912 to the present, said Miles.
In addition to vintage tractors and implements, there will also be crafts, food, drinks, live animal exhibits, kiddie pedal pull, door prizes, pony rides, country and gospel music, demonstrations and a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Carrollton Rotary Club starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s good, clean family fun,” said club member Del Stark Jr. of Nabb, Ind. There are approximately 30 to 40 members in the Pioneer Power Antique Tractor Club.
Many of them “go around to different shows each year,” said Miles, who travels to shows in Renfro Valley, Ky. Members enjoy entering other shows across North America with their antique farming equipment.
Like Miles, Stark wants to keep intact “the memory of how things used to be,” he said. “Folks don’t know how farming was done in the past.”
Over the last two to three years, 150 tractors and pieces of equipment have been displayed at this event. Each year, a certain make of tractor has been featured. This year it will be International Harvester Farmall tractors, “but all makes are welcome,” Stark, 52, said.
The McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. merged with other manufacturers and formed the International Harvester Co. This company began experimenting with tractors around 1905. In the beginning, these tractors were huge, powerful and clumsy and didn’t work well for a farmer who didn’t have a lot of acreage.
International Harvester attempted to create smaller tractors and refine this line with several follow-on models. In 1939, the famous letter series tractors – A, B, H and M – began production. When first constructed, Farmall tractors were general-purpose tractors.
International Harvester was ranked at one time as one of the largest manufacturers of farm tractors. The company merged with the Case Corp. in 1984.

• For more information on the show, contact Del Stark at (812) 292-6009.

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