R&M Lowry had 100 Minneapolis Moline tractors
                                   By Shirley Willard, Fulton County Historian

  Richard “Dick” and Martha Lowry have been farming 500 acres named R&M Lowry since 1972.
  Dick got interested in Minneapolis Moline tractors and collected 100 of them. They all run and are kept in sheds.
In 2012 his brother Paul Lowry sold his Moline collection so Dick put 15 of his in the sale. He still has 85 Molines.
  Dick and his Molines have been featured in several magazines, on calendars, and on RFD-TV. Two years ago
they took a tractor to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the world’s largest parade of pick-ups and tractors.
   Because the Moline color is gold, Dick sometimes wears a gold shirt, cap and socks. One time a woman
asked if he wore gold underwear too.
    Dick used to raise beef cattle and pigs, but now no livestock, only corn, soybeans and popcorn. He retired in
2012, renting the farm to his nephew, Jeff Lowry, son of his brother, Dean Lowry. The farm is located six miles
southeast of Francesville.
    Dick’s father, Don Lowry, had Moline tractors which is how Dick got interested in collecting them. Dick’s farm is
a mile from his father’s farm.
   He takes some Molines to four or five shows a year, including the Power of the Past at Winamac. This year his
farm will be the honored farm at the Fulton County Historical Power Show June 19-21 at the Fulton County
Historical Society grounds on US 31 north of Rochester. He will exhibit some of his Moline tractors and the history
of his farm in a tent in the midway.
  The oldest tractor Dick had was a 1937 Moline, the year he was born. It was among the 15 he sold. He gets a
tractor out to spray every year. Otherwise he starts each tractor every year or so to make sure they still run.
   For 30 years, 1963-1993, Dick trucked for MoorMans Livestock Feed from Bourbon and Reynolds, delivering to
farmers, including Fulton County.  
   Dick married Martha Jones in 1957. He and Martha have four children, Terry, Larry, Pam and Dave, but they
went into different occupations, not farming.  
  Terry, who passed away four years ago, worked for NAPA in Winamac; he and wife Diana had two sons, Brett
and Bradley. Larry and wife Maria live in Lakeville, Minnesota, with three children, Brian, Steve and Catie. Larry
works for Kraft Foods. Pam and Rick Kurtz live in Dayton, Ohio, and have two daughters, Alisha and Sara. Dave
and wife Julie live in Oswego, Illinois, where he works for the power company; they have two children, Adam and
Erin. All nine grandchildren are out of high school and either still in college or pursuing different lines of work.
   They all love the farm and the Moline tractors. Some will attend the Fulton County Historical Power Show and
help with the family exhibit.  Dick has a great knowledge of Moline tractors and enjoys helping the younger
fellows.      









Photo: Dick Lowry drives the oldest tractor in his collection, 1938 Minneapolis Moline, in 2006 Francesville
parade. He is wearing gold shirt, hat and socks. His will be the honored farm at the Fulton County Historical
Power Show June 19-21. (Photo from Dick Lowry.)

                        Lily Pearl Square Dancing Tractors famous now
                              By Shirley Willard, Fulton County Historian

        Fulton County has had several famous people from Elmo Lincoln – the first Tarzan in 1918 to its latest
entertainment sensation, the Lily Pearl Square Dancing Tractors.  They will be on RFD-TV June 11 at 9 p.m., June
12 at 11 p.m., and June 14 at 10 p.m. It was filmed last year at the Cass County 4-H fair.
        This is the fourth year that the square dancing tractors have performed. They perform at festivals, county fairs
and other agricultural-  related shows throughout the summer. This year they performed at the Wakarusa Maple
Syrup Festival in April which is the earliest show they have ever done.  
        The idea of the square dancing tractors actually started five years ago when Carl Overmyer of Fulton County
Historical Power Association thought that the idea of a group performing square dancing moves on tractors
sounded like a fun challenge. He had seen videos of others doing it and brought the idea to Robert “Skeeter”
Daugherty. The idea spread among members of the FCHPA and Rich Rensberger, who was president of the
Association, at that time wanted to try it.
        The first challenge was to find eight people who were willing to commit. After finding a group of eight, they
got together with their favorite 16th scale toy tractors and practiced moves that were typical of square dancers and
that full- size tractors could maneuver.  They then moved up to pedal tractors and demonstrated at a FCHPA
meeting. Everybody was excited to see the real thing.
        After a lot of hours practicing they performed at the FCHPA’s summer show. There was a mix of Oliver, Allis,
Farmall, International, and Moline tractors.  It didn’t take long before they realized if everybody had the same type
of tractor, the performance would be better because the gear ratios would be the same. That is when the Farmall
H’s were adopted. In fact, tractor square dancing was invented in the 1950s by Farmall owners in Iowa.
        Dryden Vance, who was only seven years old at that time, brought a video to share and helped choreograph
it with toy tractors. Dryden’s mother, Jana Vance, superintendent of Rochester Schools, is the announcer. Her
father Morris Murphy has 10 antique tractors, which Dryden helped his grandpa restore.  
        Skeeter Daugherty named the group for his wife’s late grandmother Lily Pearl Shrader, who “got a kick out of
watching” them at the antique tractor shows. The tractor drivers are all males but half of them dress as women,
wearing dresses and wigs, and therein is the fun. Their tricks and jokes are good old-fashioned farm humor.
They take turns showing off and flirting. For the past year Denny Johnson has been coming up with the moves
along with other drivers.
        Jana Vance’s script is what makes the performance so much fun. The dancers are all members of the
imaginary Bob family: Charlie Bob, Olivia Bob, Jim Bob, Daisy Bob, Bill Bob, Lily Pearl Bob, Shiski Bob and Cletus
Bob. Also John Deere Bob, who at the end of the 30 minute show drives his John Deere tractor out into the arena
and steals the girl. Tractor Doctor Bob fixes the tractors when they won’t start, a comedy bit.
        The requests for performances exploded beyond belief. The group which started in Fulton County now
includes Marshall and Kosciusko counties as well.   They can be found on YouTube, Facebook, the web and they
also have an email account. Early on, one of their goals was to go to the Indiana State Fair to perform. At first they
all thought if and when. Well, the call came last year, and they performed at the 2014 Indiana State Fair. Family
and friends all came and it was an exciting day.
       It is all about speed and timing. Crashes do happen, and repairs can be expensive. The group charges for
transportation to festivals. It takes four semi trailers to haul nine tractors.           
        My favorite part is the do-si-do when the big rear wheels turn together side by side. It is an amazing piece of
precision driving.  
        They will perform June 19-20 Friday at 6 pm and Saturday at 3 pm at the Fulton County Historical Power
Show.
        Their schedule this year includes performances in Illinois also. The group practices each week for several
hours and a lot of time is spent on tractor maintenance and planning. They all say that as long as they are still
having fun they will continue.

June 19-20      Rochester, IN                          Fulton County Power Show   Fri 6 p.m. Sat. 3 p.m.
July 4              Bourbonnais, IL               Old Time Farm Show   10 a.m. & 2 p.m. CT                                                          
July 7              Logansport, IN                        Cass County Fair                    6 pm and 8 pm
July 11             Crown Point, IN                      Power Show                            11 am and 2 pm CT
July 13             Argos, IN                                Marshall County Fair             7:30 pm
July 14            Hamlet, IN                              Starke County Fair                 6 pm and 8 pm CT
July 15            Rochester, IN                          Fulton County Fair                 6 pm
July 16            Winamac, IN                          Winamac Power Show           7 p.m.
July 18            Watseka, IL                        Iroquois County Fair              12:30 & 3 p.m. CT
July 26            Monticello, IN                White County Power Show    parade 2 p.m., shows 4 pm and 6 pm
August 22       Rensselaer, IN               Jasper County Fall Festival    10 a.m. & 2 p.m. CT
August 29       Monroeville, IN            Saint Rose Summer Fest               2 pm and 4 pm
Sept. 26           Valparaiso, IN            Sunset Hill Power Show        10 a.m. & 2 p.m. CT
Fulton County Historical Power Show
Fulton County Historical Society
Located in North Central Indiana
13th annual
Fulton County Historical Power
& Toy Show
June 19-21, 2015  Rochester, IND
Chad Lewis, Tiosa, designed the FCHPA logo.
Lewis makes magnetic signs for tractors as well
as advertising signs for vehicles and will have a
display at the Fulton County Historical Power
Show.
About the Historical Power Association Logo:

The logo has the shape of Fulton County with a
flag flying in one corner, a windmill in the
background, and a Rumely Oil Pull tractor. This
tractor has a Fulton County connection as Edward
Rumely married Fanny Scott, great-granddaughter
of William Polke, surveyor of the Michigan Road
and Fulton County's first white settler in 1830. She
owned the Fanny Scott farm that was located west
of Rochester on Indiana 14 until her death in 1979.
Meinrad & Jacob Rumely came to Laporte, Ind. in
1848 and founded the original M & J Rumely
Company in 1853. This company was later known
as M. Rumely Company. In 1931 the company
merged with Allis Chalmers and became known as
Allis-Chalmers-Rumely.

Edward Rumely was the son of Joseph Rumely,
and grandson of Meinrad Rumely. He studied at
Oxford and Heidelburg, Germany, where he
became acquainted with Rudolf Diesel. From here
he developed a keen interest in the internal
combustion engine. In 1907 he returned to Laporte
and took a position in the company. Edward then
went to work to produce a reliable farm tractor. A
new shop building was built and with the help of
John A. Secor who developed the carburetor for
the OilPull tractor they started producing in Feb.
1910.

The Rumely OilPull was one of the first engines
able to economically burn kerosene, which was
much cheaper and more plentiful than gasoline.

Every Day Events
 7:00-4:00    Breakfast Buffet & lunch (sub sandwiches and homemade pie)   
      served in museum meeting room.
 9:00-5:00   Museum and Living History Village open.
Food Vendors, Flea Market, Toy and Craft vendors
Center Field Tent - Honoring NAPA
Center Field Tent -  Hosting  R & M Lowry Farms
 Raffle Tickets available on Moline  Pedal Tractor & other prizes -
     drawing at noon Sunday
 Silent Auction held on 1/16 scale MOLINE & other  tractors, and other miscellaneous items - winners
announced at  6  p.m. Saturday

Friday Schedule
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Start Time - Activity
9:00       Opening Ceremony
All-day various times - Garden tractor games on drive by blacksmith shop
11:00    Parade - starting at south end
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch break
1:00       Tractor games on main track
1:30--2:30  Sawmill  & Field Demo (threshing, corn shelling  & baling)
        - south end powered by Steam Engines
2:00       Pitcher Pump Contest - North end of track
6:00       Lily Pearl's Tractor Square Dance
7:00-     Antique Tractor Pull - Light & Medium Weight  

Saturday Schedule
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Start Time  - Activity
9:00      Opening Ceremony
9:30   Tractor  Games
11:00  Parade - starting at south end
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch break
1:00 2:30     Field Demo (Baker fan, threshing, corn shelling & baling),
          Sawmill Demo - south end,   powered  by Steam Engines
2:30-3:30  Pedal Tractor Pull & kids games on the main track
3:00         Lily Pearl's Square Dancing Tractors
4:00  Tractor Pulls: Heavy  Weight Pulls immediately followed by
         Team Tractor Pull- main track
6:00 - Annoucement of Silent Auction winners
6:30  - MOLINE  banquet - held at museum Cost $12 each

Sunday Schedule
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Start Time * Activity
9:00    Opening Ceremony
9:00    Church Service in museum  
10:00 -   Until  finished - 50/50 Pull  (Driver and tractor must be
           50 years  and older
10:00   Sawmill & Field Demo (Threshing , corn shelling & baling)
        - south end, powered by Steam Engines
12:00- 1:00   Lunch Break
12:00   Announcement of raffle winners
1:00     Tractor Pulls: Powder Puff Pull - main track

                          SUBJECT TO CHANGE
POWER SHOW WILL STILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND JUNE 19-21, 2015.  YES WE HAVE WATER AT THE SOUTH END OF THE PROPERTY
THAT IS NOT WHERE THE SHOW IS HELD.  THE GROUNDS DRAIN WELL - COME JOIN US!!!  PLENTY OF HIGH GROUND WHERE THE SHOW
WILL TAKE PLACE.   POSTED JUNE 17, 2015    MELINDA CLINGER, SECRETARY
These are the shirts for the Gathering of the
Orange for June 2015. These are for sale at the
Fulton County Historical Society Inc. Rochester,
Indiana - Cost is $15.00 for medium to X-large;
$18.00 for 2X-large and larger. Call to order
today 574-223-4436. We will ship also. We will
have hats also - but they are not designed yet.
PLEASE BE PATIENT - WE ARE WORKING ON
FINALIZING DETAILS FOR THE SHOW.  
ONE ITEM WE ARE WORKING ON IS CAMPING
AT THE FULTON CO. 4H GROUNDS WITH 125
HOOK-UPS.  TRANSPORTATION TO THE SHOW
WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THIS.
THERE WILL BE A BANQUET ON SATURDAY
NIGHT AT THE 4H GROUNDS AS WELL - NO
PRICE SET YET.
 OUR ANNUAL SHOW WAS JUST JUNE
19-21ST SO NOW WE SWITCH GEARS AGAIN
TO THE GATHERING - HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL
THERE.
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