On Monday, January 22nd, Dennis Metz, Oxford, Farmer and farm equipment collector, will present “A History of Tractors” to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and visitors at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellington Public Library’s meeting room, 121 W. 7th, Wellington. For questions, please contact Jane at 620-447-3266 or Sherry at 316-833-6161; www.ks-schgs.blogspot.com.
Fifty years ago, in 1968, Dennis Metz bought his first antique tractor. It was a 1936 Allis-Chalmers U, and Metz still has it.
Today, Metz isn’t sure just how many tractors he owns, or if he does know, he isn’t telling.
“I really don’t know,” Metz said, “I have them in various stages of being worked on, and some are parts tractors.”
Besides the Allis-Chalmers U, Metz has a Holt 2 Ton Tractor that was the first model with the name “Caterpillar” on the front, an Oliver Hart-Parr, and an Oliver 70 with a cab on it that is, in Metz’s words “one in a million”.
“I’ve got all kinds,” Metz said, “I never started out to get one particular kind.”
Metz doesn’t just collect them, he reads, researches, and learns the good and bad points for the different models, especially the tractors that he owns, and he can usually tell you who owned his tractors before he did.
Metz co-owns some of his tractors with his sons, and his high-school senior grandson is restoring an Allis-Chalmers tractor grader for an FFA project.
“They’re all collecting,” Metz said, “they’re just as nutty as I am.”
If Metz has a favorite tractor, it’s probably the one he doesn’t have yet.
“All I ever wanted was just one more,” Metz said.
Metz still owns the 1942 SC Case tractor that his father bought new the year Dennis was born.
“Dad drove it home and pulled the pick-up home behind it,” Metz sad, “we’re both about wore out.”