January-March 2017 Newsletter

Meetings Reminder

Sunday, January 15th, 2:30 pm
Sunday, February 19th, 2:30 pm – BAKE SALE! Bring your goodies/craft items.
Sunday, March 19th, 2:30 pm
Location: Lion’s Club, 420 6th Avenue, Three Rivers, MI

The feature for the 57th Annual Show will be Case.

Weather Alert

Our meetings will be cancelled 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, call Tim Rossman at 269-651-4878 or David Machan at 269-625-7232.

New in 2017

If you are a lifetime member, you will not be receiving a card each year as in the past. in 2017, you will be receiving a “lifetime membership card,” good for your lifetime. If you lose it or it’s destroyed, contact the club and we’ll issue another one. It’s good for all club activities.


Dues are $1 for children 17 years and under, and $8 for all others. We operate on a calendar year basis. Dues can be paid by mail or at meetings. If we haven’t received your dues for 2017 by April 1st, you will not receive future newsletters. You must be a paid member to vote.

To pay dues by mail, make a check out to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association, and mail it to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Road, Niles, MI 49120.

For Sale Items

To place a sale item in the newsletter, contact Judy Hollister at the above address or by email at sjvoeajudyh@gmail.com or phone at 269-683-9537.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

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October-December Newsletter


SATURDAY, October 15 at 7:00 pm
SATURDAY, November 19 at 7:00 pm
CHRISTMAS PARTY! Saturday, December 4 at 6:30
Location: Lion’s Club, 420 6th Ave., Three Rivers, Mi.


Election of officers will take place at the October meeting. Your dues must be current to vote.

Maxine Baumeister and Mary Shirk made a quilt called the “Quilt of Valor” which will be given away in a drawing to a living SJVOEA member, either man or woman, who is a veteran. Be sure to get your name in if you are a veteran.


Following our regular November meeting we will have our annual fall bake sale. Bring your baked goods, hand crafted items, etc. to be auctioned.


Our annual Christmas party pot luck will be held Dec. 3 at 6:30 at the Lion’s Club House. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Rolls and drinks will be furnished by the club.  We will discuss a white elephant gift exchange at the October meeting.


Tim Rossman would like to thank everyone who came and worked at the show making it a success. Three articles were made at the show from old tractor parts and auctioned for $20.00 each. The proceeds went to the club.


The fair committee would like to thank everyone who helped set up and tear down the display, all who worked in the tent and all who generously brought food. We had 37 lawn tractors and 90 large tractors. A special thanks to Sheriff Balk for leading the tractor parade Saturday. We made the front page of the newspaper. Thanks to Gene Yoder who loaned a tractor for the pull back and to Jim Everett for pulling back at the Friday night truck and tractor pulls.


Due to the death of her husband, Karen Willis is selling a 1940 Allis Chalmbers B, $2,700.00 or best offer. She said the engine was gone over, it runs well and has new rear tires. Call 269-221-2300.

St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association 2016 Tractor Tour

Length – 44 miles
Place – Starts and ends at the SJVOEA show grounds
Date – Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Time – Depart 8:00 AM, scheduled return 3:55 PM

Points of interest
The Barry House Museum, Constantine, Mi. (no admission, donations accepted)
The Royal Cafe in Centreville for lunch
The Langley covered bridge
A break for ice cream at the Dairy Queen in Three Rivers

The procession will follow a lead tractor.  A schedule and turn by turn directions will be provided to each entrant for their convenience.

Driver Requirements
You do NOT need to be a club member
You do need to have a valid drivers license
You do need to register
You do need to sign a liability waiver

Tractor/Vehicle Requirements
Must be able to maintain a 10 mph average speed
Must have a safe secure seat for each passenger
Must have a slow moving vehicle sign
A rear view mirror is recommended

Will take place in front of the club food shop at the show grounds on Wednesday evening, Aug. 3rd from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and Thursday morning Aug. 4th from 7:00 AM to 7:30AM or by prior arrangement.

For information contact:
Terry Bowlby – 269-476-2726
Duane Hollister – 269-683-9537

July Newsletter

SATURDAY July 16 7:00 pm
SATURDAY August 20 7:00 pm
No September meeting
Location: Lion’s Club House,
420 6 th Ave., Three Rivers, Mi.

Come one-come all July 30 th to prepare the grounds and food shop for the show. Bring a dish to pass for lunch. If needed, we will finish up on July 31st.

This year’s show is August 5th , 6th , & 7th featuring Ford & Fordson.

The tractor tour will take place August 4th.
Registration will take place Wed. Aug. 3 rd from 6:30–7:30 PM and Aug. 4 th 7:00-7:30 AM at the food shop. Several stops are planned on the 44 mile ride. Contact Terry Bowlby (269-476- 2724) or Duane Hollister (269-683- 9537) for more information or pre-registration.

An artist will be taking donated old tractor parts and transforming them (via welding) into figures, statues, and whatever at the tractor show. These will be sold/auctioned. The artist will donate the proceeds to our club. Let’s support him and our club! See what you can “dig up” and bring those old parts as soon as possible when the show starts.

The events are held July 29-31. The parade is July 30 at 11:00. Line up is at the ball field at 10:00.
There is a pot luck dinner Saturday at the railroad park after the parade for anyone.

The Kitchen committee at the swap meet would like to thank each and everyone who helped in the kitchen at the Swap Meet. Everything went very well with so much good help. The show is coming up in August. We are asking for help at the show. If you are interested in helping please give me a call 269-651-3919 (Dolores Stemen).

Fair week is Sept 18-24. You MUST exhibit at the show in order to bring a tractor/display to the fair. Sign up at the show registration booth.

1966 International Harvester Cub Cadet Hydrostatic 123 “Collectors Tractor” Serial No. 209392 with 1973 Kohler Engine Serial No. C041055 12 hp engine. It has 48” mower deck.
$800 O.B.O.
Contact Dennis Strauss, 269-422- 2374.

Mechanical Transplanter Fruit and Vegetable Planter, “pull type”, good condition.
$450.00 O.B.O.
Contact Dennis Strauss, 269-422- 2374.

1937 Allis Chalmers WC unstyled. Restored and running.
$1500 or O.B.O.
Call 269-435- 8008.

To place an item for sale in the newsletter, contact Judy Hollister at 269-683- 9537 or email at sjvoeajudyh@gmail.com.

Judy Hollister
Membership Secretary

April 2016 Newsletter

Meeting Reminders
Saturday, April 16th, 7 pm
Saturday, May 21st, 7 pm
Saturday, June 18th, 7 pm

This year will be our 56th annual show. We’ll be featuring Ford and Fordson.

Work days for the Swap Meet will be April 30th and May 1st (if needed). Bring a dish to pass for a potluck dinner.

The 32nd annual Michiana Antique Engine & Tractor Swap Meet will be held at Boothill Ranch in Jones, MI.

Whatever amount of time you can commit would be wonderful. If we don’t get helpers, we won’t be able to keep it open. It’s a valuable source of income for the club. Please call Dolores Stemen at 269.651.3919 if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

For Sale
1937 Allis Chalmers WC Unstyled. Tractor is restored and running. $1,500 OBO. Call 269.435.8008.

Parade Dates
Note: Sturgis, White Pigeon, and Centreville have major changes. Others subject to possible change.
June 16th – Three Rivers Water Carnival
Line up at 6 pm, step off at 7 pm. Our club meets at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Arnold St.
June 24th – Sturgis
Friday night line up at 7:45 pm, step off at 9:15 pm. An electronic parade: decorate in lights. Not sure about trailer parking at this time.
July 4th – Constantine
Line up at 10:30 am, step off at 11 am.
July 4th – Colon
Line up at 10 am, step off at 11 am. Meet at the high school parking lot.
July 4th – Schoolcraft
Line up at 10 am, step off at 11 am.
July 15th – White Pigeon
Line up at 5:30 pm near the water tower behind Wagner’s grocery store. This is the only year for this location.
July – Centreville Covered Bridge Days
Date not set yet (White Pigeon changed to the date they usually have it).
August 20th – Mendon Riverfest
Line up at 11 am, step off at noon. Meet at corner of Burr and State streets.

Judy Hollister
Membership Secretary