MIDDLE AMANA, Iowa — The sight and sound of a 1919 Allis-Chalmers tractor draws a small crowd of onlookers. Owner Irvin Parsons came from Burden, Kansas, to share with them a passion for antiques like this.
“I suppose it started when I was 7 years old driving dad’s tractor,” said Parsons, and he’s been into tractors ever since.
“I’m 71 years old, I’ve lived on a farm for 70 years. Uncle Sam thought I’d go to Vietnam for a year.”
7 decades of interest in pieces of machinery like this one, that even his daughters weren’t immune to.
“One daughter went to the prom on a tractor. I had a nice pretty little orange Allis all painted up.”
This Allis Connection event brought together people from all over the Midwest because of their love for this particular brand name, but it also brought fathers and their kids closer.
“Growing up with my father, he always grew up with Allis-Chalmers,” said Ben Heintz of Eyota, Minnesota. “Through his interest and interest in clubs, I grew up with that, and have the interest as well.”
Ben’s father Dale said agriculture is a tradition passed down from father to son.
“Pretty much everybody was a farmer, and still involved with agriculture,” Dale explained. Even though his father has passed, it’s events like this that let his memory live on.
“It’s interesting to preserve the history and share the history with younger generations,” Dale told us. “We like to see it, because then everybody continues on.”