Newsletter / Jul – Sept 2022

MEETINGS REMINDER

Saturday, July 16 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 20 at 6:00 pm
No September meeting
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene,
10056 Water St., Three Rivers, MI.

2022 FEATURE TRACTOR

Massey Harris and Ferguson

THE SWAP MEET

was a success. A big “Thanks” to all who helped on the grounds and food shop.

SHOW CLEAN-UP

Clean-up for the show is July 23rd. A lot has been done already, but grounds clean-up and mowing and plenty of other things still need to be done. There will be a pot luck around noon. Please bring a dish to pass. If needed, clean-up will be finished on Sunday.

TRACTOR TOUR AUGUST 4TH

will leave from the show grounds at 8:00 AM. Call Terry for more info: 269-445-7210.

THE TRACTOR SHOW

The show is August 5-7. Be sure to register your display at the registration booth. Remember to block your tractors’ wheels.

AUGUST SHOW THRESHING is returning. We have the equipment lined up and need manpower for binding and threshing. Please call Thomas Stears, 269-340-2323, and let him know you can help. Also welcomed is anyone willing to learn and help with the saw mill.

FOOD SHOP: Irene Palmer heads the food shop for the show. Please plan to help out even if for just a few hours. Call her at 269-535-4737.

AUGUST SHOW NOTE: After the August show everything must be removed from the show grounds by Monday afternoon, August 8th, as Leroy has an event scheduled.

REMINDER

Our club will have no display at the Centreville Fair this year.

MACKINAC BRIDGE CROSSING is September 10th.

Anna & Robert Eubank are the contacts for the bridge crossing: Anna, 269-268-3725, Robert, 269-268-3742. Please leave them a message and a call back number and they will return your call. There have been many changes this year. For more information go to: www.mackinacbridgecrossing.com

PARADE SCHEDULE

Burr Oak Heritage Days July 28 – 31st.
There is an antique tractor cruise (a poker run) Friday the 29th. Signup is 10:00 am at railroad park.
The parade is Saturday at 11:00 am. Line-up is at Boyer field beginning at 9:30 am.
Bronson Polish Festival July 21-23rd. Parade is Saturday at l:00 pm. For more information, call or text 517-617-1269 or message on facebook.

DUES

for 18 years and older are $10.00, for 17 and under, $1.00 per calendar year. You must be a paid up member to vote. Dues can be paid at meetings or by mail or at the show. Make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association. Mailing address is Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI 49120.

SHOW GROUNDS OTHER EVENTS

Following are dates in which Leroy has events scheduled on his (show ground) property for the rest of the year.
July 1st – July 4th
Aug. 11th – 14th
Sept. 2nd – Sept. 5th
October 7th – October 9th
Mud/sand bog dates are every third weekend beginning in May, possibly through October.

Newsletter / Apr – Jun 2022

MEETINGS REMINDER

Saturday, April 16th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 21st at 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 18th at 6:00 pm
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene,
10056 Water St., Three Rivers, MI.

FEATURE TRACTOR FOR 20220 Massey Harris and Ferguson

SWAP MEET CHANGE

Due to a conflict with Leroy’s schedule of events, clean-up for swap meet will be a week-end earlier, April 23rd, than previously scheduled. A pot luck will be held around noon. Please come and help.

AUGUST SHOW NOTE

After the August show everything must be removed from the show grounds by Monday afternoon, August 8th as Leroy has an event scheduled.

AUGUST SHOW THRESHING is returning this year

We have the equipment lined up and need manpower for binding and threshing. Please call Thomas Stears, 269-340-2323 and let him know you can help. Also welcomed is anyone willing to learn and help with the saw mill.

MACKINAC BRIDGE CROSSING September 10th

Anna & Robert Eubank are the contacts for the bridge crossing: Anna, 269-268-3725, Robert, 269-268-3742. Please leave them a message and a call back number and they will return your call.

March 1 – Participant registration opens
April 1 – Pre-orders for apparel on line
April 15 – Club registration closes
May 14 – Club rep meeting
May 21 – Virtual town hall meeting #1
June 18 – Virtual town hall meeting #2
July 1 – Pre-order of apparel closes
July 15 – New buddy rider registration closes. Send 6 pictures before deadline.
August 8 – Apparel order starts shipping
August 15 – Any modifications in buddy seats must be received by this date
August 15 – Participant registration closes

PLOW DAYS April 10 at 9:00 AM

Our club is invited to the Kenny Maxwell farm, north on M62 at US 12 Edwardsburg. The farm is on west side-watch for a sign.

CENTREVILLE FAIR PARTICIPATION UPDATE

The Fair Board has made changes for our club’s display and activities at the fair including relocating us to the old kiddy area which would cause older people to walk quite a way to see our display. The club’s board met and unanimously recommended we not have a display this year. It was voted on by the members at the February meeting and unanimously upheld. Anyone with ideas of what our club could do in its place (not necessarily at the same dates as the fair), please share it at a meeting. One idea shared is to have more participation at the parades.

Below are dates in which Leroy has events scheduled on his (show ground) property so we can plan anything we do around these:
April 29th – May 1st
June 3rd – June 5th
July 1st – July 4th
Aug. 11th – 14th
Sept. 2nd – Sept. 5th
October 7th – October 9th
Mud/sand bog dates are every third weekend beginning in May, possibly through October.

PARADE SCHEDULE

Burr Oak Days – see July newsletter for details.

Sturgis Light Parade Friday, June 24th. For more information contact Tim Rossman, 269-319-1215.

White Pigeon Days July 8 & 9. Parade July 8th line up will begin at 5:30pm at White Pigeon High School. Entry to the parade line up will only be accessible from Laird Street off US 12.
www.whitepigeontwp.com/white-pigeon-community-association/

Three Rivers Water Festival Parade Thursday, June 16th 7:00 p.m. step-off (Storm date of Friday June 17th, 2022). Early deadline for entry is May 5th. Entry limited to first 80 received.
www.trchamber.com/water-festival-forms-2/

Constantine Festival & parade July 4th. No further info available at this writing.

Mendon Riverfest Aug. 18-20th.
www.mendonriverfest.org

Centreville covered Bridge Days Parade, July 16th. Line up 5:00 at fairgrounds. For more information, contact Terry Bowlby, 269-445-7210.

Bronson Polish Festival July 21-23.

On July 23 at 335 Corey St., there will be a tractor show & swap meet from 8 AM-4 PM. All makes welcome. John Deere is featured.

Newsletter / Jan – Mar 2022

MEETINGS REMINDER

Sunday, January 16th at 2:30 PM
Sunday, February 20st at 2:30 PM
Sunday, March 20st at 2:30 PM
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene,
10056 Water St., Three Rivers, MI.

WEATHER ALERT

Our meetings will be canceled if, on that day, the State or County closes roads due to weather conditions. Club officers have the option to cancel a meeting due to bad weather even if the roads aren’t officially closed. If you have questions as to whether road conditions have canceled a meeting, call Matt Avery, 269-506-9926 or Thomas Stears, 269-340-2323.

OFFICERS

A big “THANKS” to our outgoing officers, Tim Rossman, David Machan, Maxine Baumeister and Terry Baker and we welcome our new officers, Matt Avery, Thomas Stears, Theresa Allen and Doug Reed.

Maxine Baumeister decided not to run for recording secretary for 2022. She has held that office for 20 years and done an excellent job. When asked a question she was always able to find it in her minutes even if it happened years before. A big “THANKS” for those 20 years! Maxine has worn many other hats in the club, also. Maxine, we look forward to seeing you at the meetings.

INTRODUCTION TO CLUB PRESIDENT MATT AVERY

I, Matt Avery, would just like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to all of our members. I’m from the Three Rivers Michigan area and have lived in the area for most of my life. I have a wife named Regan Avery and a daughter, Brianna Avery. I’m the assistant shop manager for the St. Joe County Road Commission and also enjoy helping out my neighbor, Phil Dufour. I have a passion for anything mechanical especially older equipment and automotive related. I’m looking forward to serving the club as the President and hope that, with everyone’s cooperation, we will be able to make it a place that enthusiasts both young and old can enjoy for years to come.

DUES

Dues are $1.00 for children 17 years and under and $10.00 for all others. We operate on a calendar year basis for dues. They can be paid by mail or at meetings. If we haven’t received your dues for 2022 by April 1st you will not receive future newsletters. You must be a paid up member to vote. Officers/Board members must have dues paid by or at the first meeting of a new year. To pay dues by mail, make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association and mail it to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120. She will mail you membership cards.

Whoever is in charge of the garden tractors, please let Judy Hollister know the feature for 2022. If you have a list of features for future years, please let her know.

Let’s look forward to 2022 with optimism and ambition to make improvements to the show grounds and whatever it takes to have a great swap meet and show.

Newsletter / Oct – Dec 2021

Meetings Reminder

Saturday October 16th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 20th at 6:00 pm
Christmas Party December 4th 6:30 pm
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene,
10056 Water St., Three Rivers, MI.

The feature tractor for 2022 is Massey Harris – Ferguson

October Meeting

is election of Officers and Board members. Please, if you would like to run for an office, tell a present officer/board member. The reason for By-laws change #20 is because we don’t have people coming forward. Our club has survived the pandemic and financial disaster. We have a lot of talented members. If more do a little, no one will have to do a lot.

Thank You

“Thank-you” to all who helped at the show. We come to our show to work and go to others to have fun (Tim Rossman). Attendance was down a little from the last show, but the club still made a profit.

“Thank-you” to all who furnished food and helped at the fair. Although the weather wasn’t ideal, good conversation and fellowship was enjoyed. A lot of people looked over the displayed tractors and many children had their picture taken on either a Farmall Tractor or crawler. The food was excellent and plentiful.

“Thank you” to Tim and Theresa Allen who paid for the tent at the fair.

Mackinac Bridge Crossing Update

Terry Bowlby reports the crossing went well and all but one of our scheduled tractors crossed with almost 1500 other tractors.

Dues

Dues are $10.00 for 18 years and older and, $1.00 for 17 years and younger. You must be a paid up member to vote. Dues can be paid at meetings or by mail. Make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association. Mailing address is Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI 49120

Fair Memorial

Three tractors which previously belonged to members who passed away were featured at the Centreville fair. Also found in the fair display was a tractor that once belonged to Larry Thornton.

Dale Rice tractor owned by Ron Carpenter
Dean Reames tractor
Fred Henningsen tractor owned by his son, Matt, and family
Larry Thornton tractor now owned by Franklin Edson

The Christmas Party

will be held at the Corey Lake Church of Nazarene at 6:30 pm where our regular meetings are held. Bring your own table service. Rolls, butter and drinks will be supplied by the club. There will be no other meeting in December.

  

Newsletter / Apr – Jun 2021

MEETINGS REMINDER

Saturday April 17th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 15th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 19th at 6:00 pm
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene,
10056 Water St., Three Rivers, MI.

CORRECTIONS

On the calendar included in January’s newsletter, the December 4th Christmas party will be held at 6:30 PM at the Corey Church of Nazarene. Also, 2021 is our club’s 61st year in existence, but since we had no show in 2020 it will be our 60th annual show.

FEATURE GARDEN TRACTOR

for the 2021 show has been changed to Jacobson to reflect what was on the show flyers.

SWAP MEET AND CLEAN-UP

We will be having a swap meet May 7-8. Unless lifted, Covid restrictions will be in place. Also, we can open the food shop. Clean-up on May 1st will involve mowing if necessary, yard clean-up, food shop clean-up, mark off parking area by food shop, signs, etc. A potluck will be held around noon. Please come and help.

Irene Palmer will be heading the food shop. Please plan to help out even if for just a few hours during the swap meet. Call her at 269-535-4737.

THANK YOU to all who put labels on last years swap meet and show flyers so we could use them this year!!! It saved us money.

Dues

DUES for18 years and older are $10.00, for 17 and under, $1.00 per calendar year. You must be a paid up member to vote. Dues can be paid at meetings or by mail. Make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association. Mailing address is Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120.

MACKINAC BRIDGE CROSSING

will be Sept. 11th. You can register on line beginning May 1st. You can access rules, registration, etc. on this site: http://www.mackinacbridgecrossing.com. Call Terry Bowlby for more information 269-445-7210.

DECATUR MICHIGAN PLOW DAY

will be held April 10th at 10:00 AM located at 89701 54th St., Decatur, Mi. Call Robbie LaPorte, 269-228-6158 for further information.

PARADE SCHEDULES

CONSTANTINE PARADE: No information available at this writing on the Constantine Parade. It has always been held on July 4th.

THREE RIVERS WATER FESTIVAL PARADE: Thursday, June 17th. , 7:00 p.m. step-off (Storm date of Friday June 18th, 2021). Entry is limited to first 80 entries. 3 vehicles per entry form. Entry fee ($15.00 paid by the club) and forms due by May 17th. https://www.threeriversfestival.org/parade

WHITE PIGEON DAYS: The dates are July 9 – 11, 2021. No other information is available. See website: http://www.thewpca.com

CENTREVILLE COVERED BRIDGE DAYS: Planned for July 9-10, the theme will be “Bulldog Pride”. No further information available. http://www.facebook.com/centreville.coveredbridgedays

STURGIS ELECTRIC PARADE: Sturgis Festival dates are August 18-21. The parade will be held Friday night ONLY IF THERE ARE NO COVID RESTRICTIONS. See our July newsletter for any updates.

SCHOOLCRAFT: No information available for this.

MENDON RIVERFEST: At this time they are moving forward with Friday August 20th and Saturday August 21st as dates. No further info is available.

BURR OAK HERITAGE DAYS: Dates are Wednesday, July 28th – Sunday, August 1st. See July newsletter for further information.

Newsletter / Jan – Mar 2021

MEETINGS REMINDER

Sunday, January 17th at 2:30 PM
Sunday February 21st at 2:30 PM
Sunday March 21st at 2:30 PM
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene, 10056 Water St., Three Rivers

IMPORTANT MEETING INFORMATION

Meetings will be held at the building behind Corey Church of Nazarene (see address above). The 2021 calendar is online. Extra work days may be announced. Covid restrictions may prevent us from holding meetings. Please call or email a few days before each meeting to see if it will take place. Call Tim Rossman, 269-319-1215 or Judy Hollister, 269-683-9537 or email Judy at sjvoeajudyh@gmail.com. Those who get their newsletters online will receive an email. Below is a map for meetings.

Weather Alert

Our meetings will be canceled if, on that day, the State or County closes roads due to weather conditions. Club officers have the option to cancel a meeting due to bad weather even if the roads aren’t officially closed. If you have questions as to whether road conditions have canceled a meeting, call Tim Rossman 269-319-1215 or David Machan 269-625-7232.

It has been a very challenging year for absolutely everyone. St Joe Valley Old Engine Association has an amazing membership and officers/board members who are determined to plan the swap meet and show in 2021. It is our hope that you will renew your membership if you haven’t already and help in any way you can to accomplish this.

DUES

Dues are $1.00 for children 17 years and under and $10.00 for all others. We operate on a calendar year basis for dues. They can be paid by mail or at meetings. If we haven’t received your dues for 2021 by April 1st you will not receive future newsletters. You must be a paid up member to vote. To pay dues by mail, make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association and mail it to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120.

FOR SALE

1957 vintage IH, 2 pt. hitch equipment:
257A/258A cultivator, McCormick 234 corn planter with U212 fertilizer units (also used with cultivator), McCormick UF20/30, 209/309 2 bottom plow, McCormick #28 sickle mower, #8 coil spring harrow. These were used with an IH 350 utility tractor, owner manuals included. Jeff Brazo wants to sell these as a set hoping they will go to someone who will use them as part of their collection. He is asking $1,000.00 for the set depending upon transportation. Call or text Jeff 269-689-0200 or email plasticman04@gmail.com.

Judy Hollister, Membership Secretary

Christmas Party Cancelled

To safeguard everyone’s health and comply with state COVID guidelines, we’ve made the sad decision to cancel our Christmas party this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! Stay healthy and happy. We look forward to seeing you in 2021, when it’s safe to gather again.

Newsletter / Oct – Dec 2020

MEETINGS REMINDER:

Saturday, October 17th 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 21st 6:00 PM
Christmas party Dec. 5th 6:30 PM
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene, 10056 Water St., Three Rivers

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The pastor at the Methodist church where we were scheduled to meet contracted Covid 19. They have closed the church for the rest of 2020. We will meet at Corey Church of Nazarene. Take M-60 West of Three Rivers to Corey Lake Rd. Turn North. Water St. is just a jog West after the turn. It is not far from the show grounds. The building is at the rear of the church. It will be inside, so feel free to wear a mask and keep (anti) social distancing.

THE TRACTOR CLUB IS INVITED:

Rouch Outdoor is having an open house fall color celebration at their store, 56653 Abbey Road, Three Rivers. Our club has been invited to display tractors at that location October 10th and 11th from 12:00 noon till 5:00 pm. You do not have to be there both days. Larry Townsend is contact person for this at 269-273-4543.

A NOMINATING COMMITTEE

consisting of Col. Paul Guthrie, Todd Allen and Tim Allen has been formed to select candidates for club officers and board members. Election will take place at the October meeting. If a committee member calls you, please consider running. If you would like to run, please contact one of them.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:

Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. The club will furnish rolls, butter and drinks Dec. 5th at 6:30 pm at Nazarene Church.

UPDATES:

A BIG “THANK-YOU” to Larry Townsend, Terry Bowlby, Jack Hensel, Doug Reed, Stan Yoder, Paul Guthrie and John Steiner who cleaned up the show grounds in preparation for our get-together Aug. 8th. The get-together was well attended and we had a good time.

The annual tractor ride took place as scheduled. Thirty-eight tractors participated-the highest number to date. It was a good ride and it was good to be with friends.

Members of the club took 17 tractors to the Constantine festivities September 12th. A good time was had by all and the club gained 5 new members.

Several club members displayed tractors at the Otsego festivities September 26th.

Club members voted to keep the same feature tractors and garden tractor that were scheduled for the 2020 show. It was also decided to celebrate 60 years of annual shows even though it will be the clubs 61st year in existence.

Our treasury balance is low. Not having a show or swap meet contributed to that. Because of the generosity of club members in donations and membership renewals so far, Treasurer Dolores Stemen reports we will have sufficient funds to put on the swap meet in 2021.

Feature tractors for our 2021 annual show are Oliver and Cletrac. Featured garden tractor is Bantam.

Dues:

A lot of you renew your dues at the tractor show in August and I really missed seeing you. I urge you to either pay 2021 dues at our meetings or send them via mail. Dues increased to $10.00 for ages 18 and up per calendar year. Dues for ages 17 and under are still $1.00 per calendar year. To pay by mail, send a check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd. Niles, MI 49120. I will send you membership cards.

St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association
Judy Hollister
3220 Detroit Rd.
Niles, MI 49120

The January 2021 newsletter will be a little late in order to include the financial report. Be sure to read it as it will include information about our next meetings.

If you have updates from events in which the club participated, I would be glad to include them in the newsletter. To contact me with that info, call 269-683-9537 or use our contact form.

Newsletter / Jul – Aug 2020

Meetings Reminder

Saturday, July 18th, 6:00 PM
Saturday, August 18th, 6:00 PM, location TBA
No September meeting
Location: United Methodist Church in Three Rivers at 215 N. Main St.

AUG 2020 SHOW CANCELLED

Sadly, due to the governor’s restrictions and continued concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.

Tractor Tour

Our tractor tour will be held on Aug. 6th, even though the show is cancelled. Registration will take place at the show grounds Wed. Aug. 5th between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Thursday Aug. 6th 6:00 AM to 7:15 AM at which time a driver’s meeting will take place. Due to distance and road construction, we must leave promptly at 7:30 AM.

Make sure your tractor is in good working order. The tour is 60 miles long passing near Centreville to Colon, Mi. We will visit the museum and listen to an oration about Colon’s connection to magicians and other attractions. The Museum depends on donations and your generosity would be appreciated. Contact Terry Bowlby 269-445-7210 or Duane Hollister 269-683-9537 with questions.

Dues Increase

Club members voted to increase tractor club dues to $10.00 per calendar year for those 18 years and older beginning in 2021. Dues for those 17 years and younger will remain at $1.00. If you have prepaid your dues, you will not be charged any extra. To pay by mail, send check made out to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI. 49120.

Mackinac Bridge Crossing

The bridge crossing is September 11th and at this point is still on. Registration is open online. You can register by mail, also. Contact Terry Bowlby at 269-445-7210.

Parade Schedules and Other Shows

All parades have been cancelled including Burr Oak Days. Most tractor shows are cancelled, exceptions:

  • Butler County Antique Tractor and Engine Club has cancelled their show, BUT may reschedule it later in the fall.
  • Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Portland August 26-29th has not been cancelled according to their website at the date of this publication.

St. Joe County Fair is Cancelled