Ruggles tractor featured in Seaton on Saturday

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Tractor talkin'

Gary and Nancy Ruggles’ 1950 Allis Chalmers WD was selected as this year’s feature tractor for the sixth annual Antique Power Show, set for Saturday, June 27 in Seaton. Activities take place in and around the village park and Seaton Community Club.

Seaton, a small village six miles south and three miles west of Aledo down State Hwy 94, once again becomes a booming metropolis.

The 1950 tractor started out in Nancy’s family. “My wife’s folks farmed out at Roegge’s corner, east of Mer Roc,” says Gary. Nancy’s family farmed around 80 acres. “He bought the tractor from Vernon Clark, the Allis Chalmers, dealer in town 1950; Nancy’s father, E.H. “Rusty” Roegge passed away in 1956, but her brother kept farming through high school, until 1959, Gary said. Nancy’s mother ended up selling the tractor to a man from New Windsor.

He said Nancy came across the New Windsor man who bought her folks’ tractor. “We ended up buying it back from him in 1996,” Gary added.

He said it was nice to get the tractor back. “He brought in the canceled check that he had paid her mom,” Gary said.

Gary said the tractor was in good mechanical shape. “I just cleaned it up and repainted it. It had a loader on it, which I took off.”

Now the tractor is used mostly in the wintertime. “I use it for cleaning off driveways. It serves the job of a snow shovel - with an 8-foot blade.” He says the work “keeps it limbered up.”

The power show gives area collectors a chance to show off some of their prize projects, according to organizer Ronn Dillavou.

He said there is a lot of work that goes into antique tractor restoration and it’s nice to be able to show off the results. “We end up with 50-60 tractors on a good year,” said Dillavou. “These are just local tractors that people have restored.”

One of the highlights of the tractor show is a parade that starts at 1 p.m. “It takes about an hour and a half, for anybody who’s got a tractor who wants to put them in a parade and show them,” Dillavou said.

Besides antique tractors on display, there will also be a line up of antique gas engines, and other antique farm collectibles, as well as a display of horse drawn equipment.

Other events on Saturday include:

• Breakfast from 6-10 a.m. served at the Community Center by Center Presbyterian Church youth.

• Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seaton Fire Department.

• Kids games at 2 p.m. in the park.

• Cake Walk at 4 p.m.

• There are also 50-50 drawings and a tractor raffle.

The Seaton Antique Power Show is free to both exhibitors and the public, for viewing.