Sunshine has returned to Iowa and farmers have returned to the fields to finish spring planting. I hope that the weather improves in surrounding states, allowing our neighbors to complete fieldwork as well.

The destination for our Spring meeting was Newton, IA. The weather was beautiful and the water at the Isaac Walton League was a wonderful backdrop. The Jeff Eldred family hosted the meeting. IH equipment from the Eldred farming operation was on display outside the clubhouse. A 1086, an M, a pair of 656 tractors and several implements were on hand. Toys from Jeff ‘s childhood served as centerpieces on the tables. Following the meeting, members were invited to tour the Jasper County Historical Museum. The museum features an extensive Maytag collection and a staggering amount of items on display. Visitors could spend all day exploring the numerous exhibits. If you are ever traveling through Iowa on I-80, the museum is a must see attraction! Chapter 5 members completed the day with a tour of the Denny and Bobbie Hammer collection north of Newton. The Hammers have a complete set of F-series Farmalls, several gas engines, 10-20, Regular, B, C, H, M and 606 tractors.

Chapter 5 will gather on August 2-4 for the Summer Show at the Mid Iowa Antique Power Association, Marshalltown IA. The “unofficial” feature will be the 06, 26, and 56 series machines. A special display of 826 tractors is planned. IH is strong in central Iowa and an overwhelming display of IH equipment will be on hand.

The RPRU in Bloomsburg, PA will soon provide an opportunity to celebrate IH with members from across the country and around the world. Several Iowa members will be in attendance. I hope to see everyone there!

–Aaron Wade, President