Tractor Club readies for show
brothers have long history with the club
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2012) Having grown up
on a farm, Calvin Miles believes its 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.
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 clubs president.
He joined the club a few years ago when farming started to die
off, he said. The younger generation doesnt know how
this equipment was used. Young people dont 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 Clubs 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
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.
Its 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 dont 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 didnt work well for a farmer who didnt
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.
For more information on the show, contact
Del Stark at (812) 292-6009.
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