Seaton is packed for annual Power Show

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
The featured tractor at the Seaton Power Show is a 1920 Titan 10-20 owned by Bill Crawford.

The square of Seaton was packed with visitors on Saturday for the Seaton Power Show on Saturday, June 23.

Thirty-three people brought close to 50 tractors that were exhibited during the day.  Several of those participated in the 12-mile Seaton tractor ride along Bluff Road over to Belmont  Church and back to Seaton past the Ewing round barn. The trip took one hour.

The two big fund-raisers of the day for the community organizations were both successful. A SPARKS member noted that they sold out of breakfast items that morning. The firemen sold out of about 130 pork chops they cooked for a lunch meal that day.

"We had a really good lineup of tractors," said Ronn Dillavou who organizes the show annually. "We've got a good selection of different brands. We vary from 40-50 tractors every year We try to stay at 50."

1920 Titan

The featured tractor of the show was a 1920 Titan 10-20 owned by Bill Crawford. Crawford noted, "I was buying this tractor a year ago today in Hamilton. "I was bidding against a Belgian online who bought 15 tractors and had them shipped overseas. I knew it was a really good low hour tractor that had not been used much.

The Titan originally ran on kerosene but Crawford now now runs it on gasoline. "Most early tractors ran on gasoline," said Crawford. "It was made for plowing, discing, small threshing or running a sawmill. It was used for belt work."

Crawford grew up around International Harvester equipment. "I've always wanted a Titan 10-20. By 1940 they were obsolete. Of the 80,000 built only 100 in the United States are still running. There are only 1,000 in the world running."

Crawford and his father own more than 300 International tractors together. "I know guys with a lot more," said Crawford. "I've bought them in California, New York, Wyoming -- all over. People find them for me. I've got a friend in Galesburg who is hard on my checkbook."

Orange John Deere

When you think of John Deere orange isn't the color that comes to mind. But John Smet of Viola brought an orange 1942 John Deere LI to the Seaton Power Show.

"It was made on Feb. 15, 1942," said Smet. "It went to Vinton, Iowa to work on the highways. It was state owned and painted orange at the factory. It was made extra low and wide to help keep it from tipping over. There were only 2,000 made and only 200 were painted orange."

Smet said the tractor was painted green when he found it in 1991 on 35th Street in Moline. The tractor still has the serial number on it so John Deere was able to look up the history of the vehicle for him. Smet said he still uses the tractor to pull a hayrack ride.

Smet is no stranger to old vehicles. He towed the tractor to Seaton behind his Model A. Ford truck he has owned for the past 43 years.

"i like to put the grandkids in the rumble seat," he said.