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Published June 17, 2010, 08:00 AM

Tractor collection to be at Yellowstone event

Many folks in western Wisconsin know Eldon Myer as the owner of Myer Auction Services in Hammond.

Many folks in western Wisconsin know Eldon Myer as the owner of Myer Auction Services in Hammond.

Few people know that he is also an avid collector of antique miniature tractors.

Everyone will have a chance to view a portion of Myer’s tractor collection during Hammond’s Yellowstone Trail Social to be held on Father’s Day, June 20, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

While he cannot display all of his more than 1,500 tractors, he hopes to have about 600 of them on hand. The tractor museum will be set up in the Foster Hall building on Davis Street, Hammond.

Among the oldest tractors on display will be those dating from the birth of the Yellowstone Trail around 1913. Myer will display all tractors from all the major brands, including Case and John Deere, from the early 1900s through the 1960s. The highlight of the display will be a replica built in 1947 that operates on flashlight batteries.

Myer has been collecting these pieces of history for more than 30 years. He started collecting while he worked as a farmer, finding toy tractors that were exact replicas of his full-scale farm equipment. His childhood interest in the tractors was rekindled, and he has been collecting them ever since.

Being an auctioneer has its advantages. Myer often finds tractors to add to his ever-growing collection at the sales he organizes.

Myer hopes to find a permanent home for his tractor museum. His dream is to be able to display his tractors for everyone to see, and to combine them with other agricultural memorabilia from the past century. He is looking forward to talking with visitors to the Yellowstone Trail Social, and hopes to see a great crowd in Hammond on Father’s Day.

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