Duane Nelson has been a member of the St. Croix Valley Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association Branch 1 since 1969 (54 years) when he began collecting engines , pre 1930 tractors and miscellaneous cars and trucks.
He served as Vice President several times during the 1970’s and 1980’s. He has also been a Director for several terms in the last 54 years. Since 2017 he has been the Branch Membership & Safety Director.
Duane is also active in helping to produce the club newsletter which is important in keeping members informed of shows, meeting dates and important club business. Other family members are serving in other various positions, including his wife Nancy who is President, son Gary who is Vice President and son Jeff who is Secretary. Both sons have involved with the hobby since birth.
The members of Branch 1 feel Duane should be chosen for the EDGETA Hall of Fame for not only being a member for 54 years but also because he has been instrumental in keeping Branch 1 growing. He is a great spokesman who does a great job promoting this hobby and the club.