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Branch 158 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association


Branch 158 is a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assn., Inc.

Individual dues for principal members are $25.00 per year. Dues for auxiliary members are $17.00 each per year. Spouses and dependent children from 12 to 18 years old of principal members are considered auxiliary members. New members joining during each membership period will be considered members through the end of that period. Those with membership in a different EDGE & TA branch, may join Branch 158 with full membership privileges for $17.00 per year along with proof of membership (i.e., photocopy of card) in the other branch. Dues become due and payable on January 1st and are delinquent if not paid by April 15th.

Dues may be paid by mailing a check payable to EDGE&TA, Branch 158 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Secretary-Treasurer Sue Esdaile, 310 Cross St., Woodland, CA 95695.

The Baling Wire is the official newsletter of Branch 158. It provides members with reports of past events, calendar of coming events, letters, ads, club information, and tips for the restoration and preservation of vintage farm, mining, construction, and related machinery. There is no charge for ads in the Baling Wire. All ads must be related to antique engines/tractors. For sale ads will be accepted from anyone, regardless of EDGE & TA membership. Wanted ads will be accepted only from EDGE & TA members. Your input for the Baling Wire is most welcome. Send to John Boehm, Editor, 14151 County Road 98A, Woodland, CA 95695-9134; e-mail:


Important Dues Information

A reminder that your dues are now due and payable. This will cover your membership for the period from April 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021.

Our board of directors met by Email and decided that our members did not benefit much from the dues paid for 2020. We decided that EDGE&TA Branch 158 members that paid dues for 2020 do not have to pay 2021 dues. We will pay the national dues for them out of the club funds. Any new members or members from other branches that join Branch 158 this year will pay the normal amount.

2020 Members who will not have to pay 2021 Dues

Brian Barnett
Ed Beoshanz
Warren R. Berg
John Boehm
 Kathy  Boehm
Don Boulet
Lowell Coppin
Scott Coppin
Pat Garrison
Jenming Gee
Gerald Gustafson
Lee Hardesty
Mike Hilton
David Honer
Gerald Minatre
Ed Morris
Dudley Newton
Frank Nichols
 Marian  Nichols
Wilbur Reil
 Janice Reil
Frank Sauers
Mel Savery
Jeff Wallom
 Diane Wallom
Sue Westwood
Fred Ziegler


Wilbur Reil 530-756-1018

Vice President
Kathy Boehm 530-383-7305

Sue Westwood 530-304-4735

John Boehm 530-867-5886

Safety Director
Dave Honer 530-681-2694


Pat Garrison 530-867-4210
Ed Morris 530-662-7648


Branch 158 Coming Events

Yolo Tractor Ride

Branch 158’s spring Tractor Ride will occur on Saturday May 1, 2021. We will meet at John and Kathy Boehm’s place at 14151 County Road 98A, Woodland 95695 (about 1/2 mile east of the town of Yolo). There is plenty of room to park your trucks and trailers. Be there by 8 am to unload and attend the safety meeting before we leave about 8:30 for the ride. We will have our lunch stop at the Road Trip Bar and Grill in Capay.
The route will be a little different than when we started in Zamora, but a different route should add some interest. The total ride distance will be under 30 miles. For more information, contact John Boehm 530-867-5886 or

President's Message

Welcome to this year. Last year’s officers and board of directors were reelected as no new members were nominated or asked to run. Hopefully we will be able to have events and shows this year. We would like to get back to normalcy while keeping safe.
As we progress into the New Year we hope that the Covid 19 keeps decreasing in California and we don’t get another spike like is happening in some parts of the country. Several of us have already been vaccinated and many more of you will get shots soon. With proper precautions the board feels the club can proceed with some of our drives and shows. Perhaps soon we can be back to some normalcy.
We are planning to hold a one day tractor drive on May 1 provided there is not an explosion of new cases. A tractor drive in the spring through the Dunnigan Hills to Capay for lunch and back should be beautiful. See details in this newsletter. Note we will start at John and Kathy Boehm’s place.

Several events are planned for this year. The Rio Linda Farm and Tractor days will be May 14 & 15. This has been a very nice show for both tractors and Engines. Amador County Fair is scheduled for the end of July, more information can be obtained from Branch 13. Unfortunately the Yolo County Fair will not be held this year. Brian Barnett will be hosting the Branch 158 Open Shop/Potluck Lunch at a date in September still to be determined. Finally, we are planning a Fall Tractor Drive with a firm date in October to be announced later.

We are saddened that Stan Gladney passed away recently. He was a long time member and collector of engines. For many years he showed engines at the state and several county fairs. Other members that have passed away recently are John Paur, Odes Kilpatrick and Nancy Pearson. We are saddened by their passing.

We cannot make up for the past season of lost events but we can get back to where we were two years ago. Let’s make 2021 normal again. Get out those Tractors and engines. Charge the battery. Pump up the tires. Burn out that smelly old gas. Let’s have some fun. We should be able to have a great season on the tractor drives and at the shows while following the guidelines and rules set by the county, state and Federal governments. Washing hands, masks and social distancing when required don’t seem too much of a burden. These things might be a thing of the past in the near future if everyone pulls together.

Wilbur Reil
President Yolo Antique Power

In Memoriam
Stan Gladney

Stan Gladney passed away on February 24, 2021 after several days in the hospital fighting a stubborn MRSA infection. Stan was 90 years old. Though not so active in the past few years, he was member of both Branch 158 and Branch 13 of EDGE&TA and was actively involved in their shows as well as the antique machinery displays at the California State Fair. He collected and restored hit and miss engines and was the go to man for figuring out timing and magneto problems. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his daughter, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Stan grew up on the family farm near Guinda in the Capay Valley, served in the US Army during the Korean War, and worked at Crystal Creamery during his working years. He was a good friend who will be missed by all of us.

Finding That Special Engine
By Wilbur Reil

I got a call in March from a friend who told me about a farmer in the Lincoln area that was selling everything and moving to a retirement home. I called him up and went to see him. He had 4 engines left. All were apart with parts somewhat scattered.
There was the base to a Fairbanks Morse 1.5 HP T. Many parts were missing. Asking him about the parts he said they could be around someplace so we started looking. He had several sheds and after going through 6 or 7 without luck he unlocked another shed and there in the corner was the head, block, piston, and rod. There was also a bucket of other parts. I made a deal with him on the 4 engines.

We then started loading the engines on my trailer. He had a fork lift so it was easy. After we got the engines loaded he drove over to a tall thick plank that had a walking beam on it and started loading it too along with a gear and another bucket of parts. He said I could have them as he got them when he got the engines several years before. I wasn’t sure how or if they went together but figured I could make something out of the gear and beam.

I got the engines home and started putting parts to the correct engines. After working on 2 of the horizontal engines I started assembly on the FM T. Except for the muffler and intake cover it was all there. I mounted it on an iron wheeled trailer.

I then started researching it in Wendel’s - American Gas Engines since 1872. The small engines were named “Jack of all Trades”. One sentence said it was available in a geared pumping engine. I then looked it up in Wendel’s - Fairbanks Morse 100 years of Engine Technology. Bingo. Page 57 had a picture of the FM Jack of all Trades engine geared up to the walking beam. All of the parts from the gear and walking beam that I had wondered about fit. It took some minor juggling to orient it on the trailer before I could hook it to a well pump.

I have not been able to find a serial number or read the scratches on the head. The brass plate on it only lists patent dates. The last patent date is 1901. It also says other patents are pending. Other features show it as an early model so I am guessing it is either a 1902 or 1903 model 1 ½ HP FM Jack of all Trades. It is a little hard to start but once running runs well. I plan on leaving it unpainted.

Once in a while a project works out well. What a pleasant surprise I have had buying a very nice engine and then discovering that I also have the walking beam for it too.

Two Wildfires in one Summer!
By Dave Honer

We were evacuated the afternoon of June 6 for the first wildfire, which burned our neighbor’s house and onto the south side of our property. Several of our outbuildings burned including my tractor ride John Deere tractor and many other pieces of equipment. The fire burned close to our house, but luckily it was spared.

One fire would have been more than enough, but on August 19  at 1:30 a.m. a second wildfire, part of the LNU Complex, approached our property from the north side and burned to within 20 feet of our house. We evacuated and stayed at our daughters house in Winters for  a few days until we were allowed to return. We were on a generator power until power poles were replaced, which took about 7 days.

Fortunately we still have a home to return to. I feel sad for our neighbors that lost everything. We love living in the country but don’t want to experience this again. I hope to see all of you soon. Perhaps we can plan a Branch 158 get together in December for a Potluck Meal.

Stay safe, stay well. 

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Above photos are after the June fire


Above photos are after the August fire

2020 a year of COVID, lockdowns, masks, fires and treasures to find!
By Pat Garrison

After several lock downs and a few shelter in place orders, I decided it would be a good opportunity (under the radar) to search for engines to add to my extensive collection. Especially after two planned trips to Hawaii and our anniversary trip to Australia/New Zealand were cancelled due to COVID.

To add insult to injury, a very disappointing August due to the Yolo County Fair cancellation. It is my favorite engine show to showcase my collection, and chat with friends I don’t see often. I have been participating in the fair for more than 20 years. This only heightened my quest to find that new engine to add to my collection. After much negotiation I acquired a complete 3 H.P. Samson engine. I plan to do a complete overhaul and add a cart to the engine. Looking forward to 2021 Yolo County Fair to catch up with old friends with loud booms for all to hear!

John’s Junk Pile
By Kathy Boehm

Thirty years ago, John Boehm and I moved out to Rusty Acres. Almost immediately, he started a scrap iron pile. Over the years, the pile continued to grow, but not just rusty iron. It also sprouted defective water heaters, bathtubs, window frames, and sliding glass doors. Occasionally, a broken down washer or dryer would make an appearance. When the first pile got too big, a second one started farther down the levee. I could see that one out the window as I sat at my sewing machine, quilting away.

Eventually, the main pile grew taller than the barn. Old tractor chassis that would not sell, cracked engine blocks and heads, any number of other tractor parts began to reproduce, adding to the ever growing pile of scrap. Numerous times I asked John to haul it away. He always responded the same way. “I am waiting for the price of scrap iron to go up” was his reply
Then, COVID 19 struck and we were all stuck at home. What to do, what to do? Well, in June, John decided the price of scrap iron not going to get higher soon. He had a dumpster, a big dumpster, delivered to the ranch. He began with the scrap iron along the levee, then moved on to the giant pile beside the barn. Day after day he worked, using his forklift and front loader Case tractor. Six dumpsters later, 125,000 pounds of scrap iron is gone! But I think I am seeing a few seeds of iron beginning to sprout again.

Editor’s note: In my defense, I realized I needed to clean up. However, the new pile is growing and I think I could fill another dumpster plus. Maybe, in another month or so when it cools off. Sorry, I did not take any before pictures. We are keeping busy in the age of Covid. Kathy keeps on quilting. I have bought, sold, and parted several tractors since March. Parts sales have actually increased. I guess when so many people are stuck at home, they decide to get Grandpa’s old tractor running, then discover that they need to buy some parts to do so. We are also helping our grandsons with hybrid distance learning. We have plenty to do, but sure miss not being able to travel.


This whole COVID situation
By Sue Westwood

This whole COVID situation this year not only cancelled our events, but it has also put a lot of stress on our local restaurants. The restaurant scene in Woodland has improved so much over the past few years, it seems a shame to see it go back to what it once was. I decided to do my part to help promote local restaurant take-out and take advantage of the empty streets by driving my Farmall Super A to local restaurants for takeout dinners and livestreaming the effort on Facebook. People seemed to enjoy my drives through scenic Woodland and complained when I swapped the tractor for a motorcycle when it got too hot and the streets too busy. The motorcycle? A brand new 2020 BMW F750GS that I have put 4,000 miles on in about two months as of this writing.


Like us on Facebook!

Branch 158 is on Facebook with a group page devoted to the club. When you are on Facebook, just type “Yolo Antique Power Association” into the search bar and you will find our group page. Please join the group so you can post about our events and share your photos of them with us. In other words, Like us on Facebook!





Plow Day 2015

Branch 158 Fall Plow Day 2015

Our Ninth Annual Plow Day was successfully held on November 7, 2015 at the Beeman Ranch on Road 95 west of Woodland. We had some rain about a week before, but the heavy clay ground was still a bit too dry for ideal plowing. At least this year, we were on safflower stubble, so we did not have any plugging problems. We plowed a lot more ground than last year and there was enough good ground to satisfy all who showed up. In addition to plowing, we also did some disking and dragging.
We would like to thank Greg Rieff, who is currently farming this land, for allowing us to dig up the soil a little bit. He appreciated that we opened up a bit of ground for him to seed for his haying operation. Greg also loaned us his forklift. Thanks also to Wilbur Reil for providing the signage as the field was a good distance from the road. Thanks to Mike Cristler for arranging the use of the land. See you out here again next year as this is a well received hands on event that is quite different from the rest of our show schedule.

Below: Plow Day 2015 Photos by Howard Hatshek



Plow Day 2014


Plow Day 2013

Branch 158 Plow Day November 2012

Branch 158 Plow Day 2010

Branch 158 hosted a very successful Plow Day on Nov 13, 2010. Three perfects! - The location at Silmer Scheidel’s ranch in Pleasant Grove, the weather, cool and sunny, and the soil, with just the right amount of moisture. No count, but there were 30 to 40 tractors present and about 60 acres were plowed and disked. Photos courtesy of Wilbur Reil

The shiny plow says it all

An overview of the grounds

Good plowing is a straight, deep cut with the soil fully turned-Erwin Graves on his Farmall pulling JD No. 52 plow

John Boehm contemplating setting up a few plows to begin the day

Jeff Wallom and his Eagle tractor did a slow but thorough job

Host Silmer Scheidel on one of his Minneapolis-Molines

Bob Hinds unstyled JD B

Lee Hardesty with his JD G

Don Boulet on JD 820 and 4 bottom plow

John Boehm trying Don’s Farmall M

Wyatt Coppin on his dad’s Cat 10

Warren Berg disking with his modified Cletrac

Sue Esdaile knows how to handle Lowell Coppin’s Cat 60

Frank Vantacich and his AC WD.

Lowell on his Cat 60

Joe Freitas

Joseph Lorenzo Freitas, Jr. was born July 13, 1933 in St. Helena, CA. He died December 17, 2018. He was born to Joseph Lorenzo, Sr and wife Lela. His brother William preceeded him in death.

Joe graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield, CA. He worked at a gas station in high school where he also started doing car repairs. He developed and used his outstanding mechanical abilities throughout his life. Joe worked for tractor and farm equipment dealerships in Fairfield, Petaluma, Red Bluff, and Woodland, CA. For many years, he was the service manager for Woodland Tractor in Woodland. He finished his career in the Service department of Elm Ford in Woodland.

Joe met his wife, Donna, at church. They married in 1953 in Petaluma. They raised three children, Richard, Melody, and Susan in Woodland. He was active in church as a Sunday school teacher and deacon. He also volunteered for many projects, such as maintaining the buses. Joe and Donna helped to start a church related camp in 1964 in the high Sierras, Pilot Lake Camp. Joe served on the Board of Directors. Joe volunteered for Woodland Christian School projects, including digging trenches for construction with a backhoe.

Joe and Donna shared a love for animals. He loved cars, riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting waterfowl, rebuilding and restoring old tractors, and meeting up with his buddies at Starbucks. He was a longtime member of Branch 158 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association.

Joe’s loving wife of 60 years, Donna, preceded him in death. He is survived by his three children and five grandchildren.

Joe’s hard work ethic, friendly and kind manner, generosity, and grateful spirit will be greatly missed.




Floyd Percival

by John Boehm

Floyd Percival passed away February 13, 2010. He was born in Meeker, Oklahoma on December 22, 1926 and grew up on a farm near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Floyd's parents grew corn, grain, hogs, and cattle. With all the chores that needed to be done, Floyd certainly was not spoiled. By the time he was ten years old, he was out in the field with a pair of bib overalls and a team of mules. Floyd still had the overalls to the end, though I suspect they were a few sizes larger by then. The Dust Bowl hit Oklahoma hard, so in 1938, Floyd and his father left the farm and moved to Capay, California. He married his first wife, then in the mid 1940's, his sons, Wayne and Jerry were born. He found work on a pipeline, then at a copper mine in Arizona. But a big, hot hole in the ground and no trees was a bit too much and he soon found his way back to California. He worked at various ranches in the Madison area for the next fifteen years. For a time, he also had a gas station in Esparto. In 1958, Floyd was remarried to Augie and they had five daughters. In 1959, he started work as a mechanic for the City of Woodland. He retired in the mid 1980's as the foreman of the vehicle maintenance shop.

Floyd never forgot his roots in farming. He was introduced to collecting antique engines and tractors by Cliff Hardy. Floyd joined Branch 13 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association shortly after it was formed in the mid 1970's. Over the years, he served as Vice President for three years, President for three years, and many more years on the board of directors. More recently, he was instrumental in founding of Branch 158 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He had been on its board of directors since 2004. He was also a volunteer at the Heidrick Ag History Center.

I first met Floyd when I joined Branch 13 in 1979. Then when we moved to Woodland in 1992, I really got to know him better. I started going in to the morning coffee group at Denny's once in a while. Floyd was always there and welcomed and encouraged me to come. Today I am still not much of a mechanic, but was really a greenhorn back then. Floyd always had the time to willingly and patiently show me how to do the various jobs involved in bringing an old machine back to life. Floyd really became a mentor to me. More recently, I got a grain binder and a threshing machine for our shows. Once again, Floyd was the man with the needed knowledge to set up and operate them. He took his time to instruct me, but I think he had fun getting the old machines going, too. I know that we will all miss his vast store of knowledge, his tales of how things were done in the past, and his helpful encouragement.

Floyd was a quiet leader who could and did get things done. For many years he ran the antique machinery display at the California State Fair Farm, coordinating the display, supervising all the helpers, and putting on a good show for the spectators. He was not content to keep doing the same old shows over and over again. Not one to sit around, he challenged us often by pushing us to start new events and expand older ones. For instance, six years ago, he told us that he was going to go on a two day 120 mile tractor drive, whether or not we joined him. We thought he was crazy when he first proposed it, but he persisted, and this drive has now evolved into the Branch 158 Colusa Endurance Run. Those of us who have participated now realize how doable it really was and that it was not beyond our capabilities. We have repeated this ride every year since then.

Floyd did start to slow down some in the past few years as health problems started to take more of a toll on his body. But he was active and alert to the end, just the way he would have wanted it. Even though he could no longer drive due to failing eyesight, he was usually eager to ride along when I went to deliver or pick up another old tractor. He enjoyed seeing the countryside and sharing in the discovery of some new old iron. Two weeks before his death, we found another tractor that he was interested in buying. We were making plans to take a look at it, when we found out it already had just been sold, so that was one that got away. He still had projects he planned to complete, ideas for the shows, and words of advice and encouragement.

Floyd was one of my best friends. And one could not have asked for a better friend. He was always helpful. I have never seen him get mad at anyone. Upset, maybe, but not mad. Floyd may not have been rich in monetary terms, but he was rich in the knowledge that he had of people and things. He understood how people thought and knew when they were not being honest with him, but usually did not let on that he did. He had a wealth of knowledge about old time farming methods and tractor and equipment repair. This knowledge he was willing to share and we have all learned much from him over the years. Floyd was a great father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a true friend who will be greatly missed.

1. Young poppa Floyd holding Jerry with Wayne sitting on the car

2. Floyd baling hay in Capay with the Ford 9N

3. The living accomodations on the ranch

4. Floyd taking the freshly killed deer home, Capay, 1944 (note the alternate high clearance
wheels on the Ford that were used while cultivating).


Oil for Old Tractors
Today's modern motor oil meets "SJ" specs - the oil that our old tractor engines were designed for something like SA or even earlier. Usually we get told that newer oil is better, but is it true? And if true, better in what way? Engine oil contains many additives, and the primary anti-wear and anti-oxidation additive is a chemical by the name of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP). ZDDP, while good for engine wear and reduced corrosion is bad for catalytic converters. New oils have less ZDDP to make the catalytic converters live. But this is a compromise which results in more engine wear and internal corrosion. Older engines want a good big dose of ZDDP to keep engine wear down. New engine oil may be good for catalytic converters, but it's not as good for your engine from the point of view of reducing corrosion. Fuels of today often have oxygenates - MTBE or Ethanol - added to them. A trace of these oxygenates gets into the engine oil, and apparently these chemicals are tremendously corrosive, and they attack gaskets, seals, and certain metals. No problem for automakers; they choose new polymers and alloys that are immune to these attacks. But what's to prevent the attacks and the corrosion in older engines? For a seldom used engine, corrosion is a much bigger problem than wear, even the wear from starting an engine that's been sitting long enough to drain oil off most of its rubbing surfaces - because one little patch of rust on that same rubbing surface is doomsday.

While you could design a custom oil for this problem, the best off the shelf oil is 'heavy duty' oil intended for Diesel trucks. Instead of SJ, look for combinations that begin with C (for Compression ignition). CG-4 is the latest. While the oil part of these diesel oils has the same lubricating qualities as passenger car oil, the most common heavy-duty viscosity is 15W-40; more syrupy. But the diesel oils get bigger doses of additives; up to 80% more ZDDP, the anti-wear/anti-corrosion additive, and 30 to 50% more detergent, dispersant, and corrosion inhibitors. Good news if you have sticky rings, erratic compression, and blue exhaust smoke. This high-detergent oil will quickly free them up.For corrosion, heavy-duty oil is the silver-bullet solution. So, older conventional oils protect your older engine better than newer oils and the best modern oil for the engine of your old tractor is oil designed for diesel trucks!

From Material Supplied by Warren Berg