Sunflower Pioneer Power Association

Sunflower Pioneer Power Association Created to restore and preserve antiques of the Norton county, Kansas area, especially antique farming equipment.
President: Lonnie Shearer 785-669-2221 or 785-202-0410 Vice President: Dennis DeWitt 785-973-2383 or 785-973-8820
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In 1997, SPPA moved to its permanent location, 7.5 acres of land located on West Brockton Street on the north side of Almena, Kansas. A large collection of windmill heads and windmills can be seen every day. During the organization's annual show, antique tractors and other farm equipment are on display including demonstrations of corn shelling, rock crushing, wheat threshing, hand tie baling, rope making, buzz saw and wood splitter. Also on the grounds is the Dry Creek school building, formerly located 10 miles north of Norton; and the 1900 Pioneer House.

Maybe the World will remain slowed down just a little bit , and remember whats important after this time of staying home...
04/27/2020

Maybe the World will remain slowed down just a little bit , and remember whats important after this time of staying home. Enjoy the Company , Listen and Learn , Stay Healthy All.

Obituary for Robert E. Underwood at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel
03/21/2020
Obituary for Robert E. Underwood at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel

Obituary for Robert E. Underwood at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel

Norton resident, Robert Eugene Underwood passed away, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Logan Manor Nursing Home in Logan at the age of 73. He was born the eldest son of James Loyal and Jacqueline Valle Underwood, on February 18, 1947 in Norton. He was raised to manhood on the

We hope everyone is staying healthy and taking care of one another in this crisis. Remember folks , This To Shall Pass.
03/19/2020

We hope everyone is staying healthy and taking care of one another in this crisis. Remember folks , This To Shall Pass.

S.P.P.A would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Underwood Family. Bob Underwood was a Founder and a vital ...
03/18/2020

S.P.P.A would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Underwood Family. Bob Underwood was a Founder and a vital part of our foundation and growing of the club. He will be missed.

01/29/2020
Classic Tractor Fever

Classic Tractor Fever

What do you think of this crawler?

This HG Oliver Cletrac was put to work moving earth with a mechanical scraper. The HG was built from about 1939 to 1951 with almost 30,000 produced. They have a 4-cylinder gasoline Hercules engine that could do 22 horsepower on the drawbar and 25 horsepower on the belt. This was at the 2019 American Thresherman Association Show in Pickneyville, IL featuring equipment from Caterpillar and the Oliver Machinery Company. We’ll be sharing more construction highlights from the show. Be sure to JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST to get the latest video updates! FOLLOW THIS LINK https://classictractorstv.com/join-our-email-list/ to join today!
#caterpillar #olivertractor #olivermachinerycompany #construction #classictractorfever #classictractor #tractor #classictractorstv #aumannvintagepower #aumannauctions #tractorauction #agriculture #farming #farmlife #farmmachinery #tractorvideo #theclassictractorlife #tractorrebuild #tractorrepair #enginerepair #enginerebuild #cultivating #fieldwork #cultivating

SNOW REMOVAL from yesteryear.
01/11/2020

SNOW REMOVAL from yesteryear.

12/28/2019
Classic Tractor Fever

Classic Tractor Fever

What do you think of this "Plymouth"?

CLICK THIS LINK https://youtu.be/pl3XbjOqGgE to watch the complete video on the Classic Tractor Fever YouTube Channel! Don't forget New Episodes of Classic Tractor Fever air in October on RFD-TV.

Classic Tractor Fever traveled to the Nebraska Tractor Testing Facility to meet tractor collector Bob Kleis. The facility started testing tractors back in 1920 and it is still the only test laboratory in the United States of America. Bob Kleis owner of a rare Plymouth Tractor is still a fixture at this facility. He is a past president and was on the board of directors.

Bob’s Plymouth is a low production model, only built from 1933 to 1934 with a total production of 217. Chrysler Motor Company pressured the Company into changing the name from Plymouth. The tractors were later remained to Silver Kings. They have a high road speed transmissions that can reach speeds of 35 miles her hour. It is powered by a Hercules 4-cylinder gasoline engine.

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TIS THE SEASON
12/08/2019

TIS THE SEASON

12/02/2019
The Lost Ways Book

First Priority in a New Territory was Shelter before Winter. As time progressed and Pioneers Settled , Spread and HomeStead , along with availability of Stick Lumber , Often the Barn was of Priority for livestock , feed storage , and more. Not uncommonly costing more than the home that was built afterwards. Mid 1800's to Early 1900's.

Log cabins of our ancestors often cost very little if anything…

12/01/2019

S.P.P.A ALMENA KANSAS , NORTON CO.

SECURE THOSE LOADS
11/25/2019

SECURE THOSE LOADS

Norfolk Southern Corp
11/20/2019

Norfolk Southern Corp

In 1956, International Harvester chose Southern Railway to haul 14 carloads of tractors from East St. Louis, Illinois, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The new model Utility 300 tractors—advertised with a banner on the “trainload caravan”—weighed 4,413 pounds each. In addition to the tractors, a glimpse of New Orleans businesses can be seen in the background of today’s photograph, including a Studebaker-Packard car dealership and A. Bologna & Company, a liquor distributor.

After the shipment arrived, International Harvester thanked Southern for its “excellent handling all the way through.”

Then and now, railroads deliver for American industry and consumers.

Today, Norfolk Southern provides premium shipping service and reliable logistics solutions for customers. In combination with business partnerships and connections with other carriers, NS ships every product imaginable to and from any destination, linking communities and customers to the marketplaces of the world. #tbt

S.P.P.A Would like to tell All of the Veterans of All Branches and Times , a Very Special THANK YOU For Your Service thi...
11/11/2019

S.P.P.A Would like to tell All of the Veterans of All Branches and Times , a Very Special THANK YOU For Your Service this Veterans Day.

11/03/2019
Combines Harvesters Threshers

Combines Harvesters Threshers

Published on Sep 29, 2015
This documentary short is a visual portrait of “Prairie Sentinels,” the vertical grain elevators that once dotted the Canadian Prairies. Surveying an old diesel elevator’s day-to-day operations, this film is a simple, honest vignette on the distinctive wooden structures that would eventually become a symbol of the Prairie provinces.

Directed by Charles Konowal - 1981
#grain #farmer #elevator

10/07/2019
Belstone Fencing

My my , how technology has changed. What would Grandpa think?

One Man fencing crew

Preserving our Past for the Future generations.  For Club Info call  785-202-1093 , or 785-202-1151.
09/20/2019

Preserving our Past for the Future generations. For Club Info call 785-202-1093 , or 785-202-1151.

09/07/2019
Classic Tractor Fever

Classic Tractor Fever

Did you know John Deere built armored tractors?

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During World War 2 John Deere built two prototype military tractors for the United States Army. These were modified 1940 Model A Row Crop tractors. They were built at Waterloo and were designated Army A1 and Army A2. They were sent to the military proving grounds where they were tested for several weeks to see if they would be a variable product for the military. No one knows what happened to the original prototypes, but several passionate John Deere collectors built two replicas of the historic tractors. Visit http://classictractorstv.com/ today for more Classic Tractor Fever!

09/03/2019
Classic Tractor Fever

Classic Tractor Fever

What was farming like in 1939?

These photographs from 1939 were taken in Ralls, Texas. They show a small snap shot in the daily lives of the hired day laborers who worked the land. These hired men worked for a landowner who farmed 4,900 acres.

The men preform maintenance on several Allis_Chalmers tractors, fixing the plow sheers and and adjusting the planters before heading out to the field.

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09/02/2019
Combines Harvesters Threshers

Combines Harvesters Threshers

Video features- a working New Idea Elevator an old hydraulic wagon lift and 3 working classic tractors. Farmamerica is the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center located near Waseca, Minnesota. video credit www.farmamerica.org
Thank you Doug H. for demonstrating your New Idea elevator. It worked great

Historical Engineering of All kinds is worth preserving. Look how far Agriculture , Autos , Homes have changed in the la...
08/30/2019

Historical Engineering of All kinds is worth preserving. Look how far Agriculture , Autos , Homes have changed in the last 50 to 100 years. Future Generations need to know , and have hands on , visible displays to enjoy and learn about. #SaveOurPast #SupportSPPA Donations , Helpers , and items of interest always Welcome! President - 785 202 1093 , or 785 202 1151. PO BOX 66 ALMENA KS 67622

This Coal Fired Steam Gravity System is dated back to 1912! What historic products have you come across on the job?

08/25/2019
Classic Tractor Fever

Classic Tractor Fever

When you think Allis Chalmers, you probably don’t think of a tractor with this design.

This tractor is an Allis-Chalmers 6-12 with serial number 2C12147 built in 1922. It was designed to be used with sulky style implements that could be easily detached and switched to the next one. The 6-12 is powered by a LeRoi four-cylinder engine and weighs in at a mere 2,500 pounds. Only about 1,470 of these were built and it’s estimated that less than 20 of these tractors are still known to exist. Back in the 1920’s this tractor would have cost you about $795.00 US dollars or about $10,368 US dollars in 2019. This tractor has had a professional, mechanical and cosmetic restoration. From the Sutton Collection in Illinois. It sold on the Remarkable George Schaff Collection Auction in 2016 for $68,240 US dollars. #allischalmers #allis #classic #classictractor #classictractorfever #classictractorstv #aumannauctions #aumannvintagepower #farming #history #farm #agriculture #farmmachinery #tractorrebuild #tractorrestoration #tractorrepair #enginerepair

08/07/2019
Rusty Iron Rally

Down Under - Going for a World Record Attempt at the most Stationary Engines running at once !

Promoting help and friendship among fellow restorers
The Club meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at our Clubhouse at the Macksville Showground.

08/04/2019
07/31/2019
Combines Harvesters Threshers

Awesome

This is a 1911 Avery pulling 12 bottom plow at Buckley Michigan . The only other Avery I have seen is in the Henry Ford museum
Video credit to Steamaficionado

Big Show to catch if your in the area. Support your Clubs!
06/26/2019

Big Show to catch if your in the area. Support your Clubs!

PLANTING SEASON. Sure isnt like it used to be.   Chime in , hows your operation doing with all the scattered rains?
06/20/2019

PLANTING SEASON. Sure isnt like it used to be. Chime in , hows your operation doing with all the scattered rains?

06/17/2019
Enfield Funeral Home

Jon was active at many shows , and a regular here at S.P.P.A. He was always good for a handy tip , some history , or a good story. He will be missed.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

JON D. BOXLER

Jon David Boxler, was born to Peter John "P.J." and Aileen V. (Brunson) Boxler in Norton, Kansas, on November 19, 1937. He passed away at his home in Norton on June 14, 2019, at the age of 81.

Jon was a lifelong Norton resident where he grew up and attended the local schools, graduating from the Norton Community High School with the class of 1955. He also graduated with a degree in business administration from Ft. Hays in 1960. In 1954, Jon enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard, reaching the rank of Sgt. E5 prior to his honorable discharge December 1962. Following his graduation from college, Jon returned to Norton to form a partnership with this father, P.J. Boxler, in Boxler Insurance. In 1962, they formed Assured Investment and Loan, Inc. On August 31, 1963, Jon married his sweetheart from New Almelo, Kansas, Bernice "Bonnie" Austerman in Norton. They made their home in Norton, where after his father's death in 1963, Jon continued the family business with his mother, Aileen, until her death in 2007. Jon also farmed the family homestead in a partnership with his mother and uncle, Dale Brunson, until 1991. At the time of his death, Jon was still actively involved in running the Boxler Insurance business.

Jon was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Norton and the Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of the Norton Jaycees when it formed in 1963, and had been the director of the Norton Jaycees for the 1969-70 club year. He also won several Jaycee awards from 1966-1969. Jon was a current member of the Norton Chamber of Commerce and the Norton Lions Club. He was an active member of the Harmonson-Redd American Legion Post #63, proudly serving as Honor Guard for numerous years up until his death.

For the past several years, Jon enjoyed collecting and tinkering with his antique tractors. He enjoyed going to parades and tractor shows with his son, Stephen, and grandson, Connor. Jon was a lover of animals and could be seen walking downtown with his beloved Callie by his side. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends over the years and always said the after-hours business meetings were the best kind. He embraced the new technology and was an avid texter to his family and friends. Jon was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jon is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of their home in Norton; one son, Stephen (Tiffany) Boxler, Norton; one daughter, Erika (Terry) Cousins, Newcastle, Oklahoma; one grandson, Connor (Reghan) Boxler, Hays, Kansas; numerous extended family and friends.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, one sister, Jane, his parents-in-law, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

ROSARY SERVICE – Tuesday, June 18, 2019—7:00 p.m.

PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – 215 W. Main – Norton, KS

MASS OF THE CHRISTIAN BURIAL – Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – 10:30 a.m.

PLACE – St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – Norton, KS

INTERMENT – Norton Cemetery – Norton, KS

VISITATION – Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

MEMORIALS – Harmonson-Redd American Legion Post #63,

Norton Lions Club and Norton Knights of Columbus.

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06/13/2019
Classic Tractor Fever

How it was.

Take a look back at what life was like on a cattle ranch in 1950’s Nevada!

The “Haying Season” is a film produced by Les Stewart around 1950 on the Ninety-Six Ranch and shows the process of cutting and stacking hay for the winter. Les narrates the film along with comments from his grandson Brad Kaser. The film shows great documentation from cutting the hay with tractors, to raking the hay with jeeps and homemade motorized vehicles, to setting up the 50 foot tall derrick with boom to stack the hay. It’s a fascinating time capsule into 1950’s ranch life in Northern Nevada. The "Haying Season” is part of the Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection at the United States Library of Congress and is available on their website. #americanhistory #montana #classictractor #tractors #ranchfarming #farming #farm #agriculture #cattle #ranch #ranchlife #classictractorfever #classictractorstv #farmmachinery #history #tbt #throwbackthursday

Big Iron
06/09/2019

Big Iron

Looking Good.
06/06/2019

Looking Good.

Steve Cunningham's 1948 8N in the Summer issue of the N-News

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05/24/2019

Be sure to support your local clubs and groups. Get Involved !

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