Jim has been a member of Branch 28 since the very early years of the club’s existence. Jim served a term as president of our club in the past. He has been in charge of the tractor pulls that we have at each show (spring and fall) for many, many years. Jim is always ready to organize our pulls as well as some pulls in neighboring towns. These help to create an interest in and an awareness of our club and our purpose of preserving the agricultural history in our area.
We want to honor Jim for his dedication to our club. Jim is the driving force that organizes and oversees all pulling events on our club grounds. This includes antique tractors, classic tractors and kids pedal tractor pull. Jim owns several tractors and brings them for exhibition and for the pulling contests. When Jim was selected as “track boss,” the club used a flat piece of metal that people stepped on at assigned places to add weight. We have progressed to the point that we now use two mechanical sleds side by side on the same track, Jim is in charge of getting personnel to help register the pullers, weight of their tractors, and the class they pull in. Jim was very instrumental in Branch 28 owning a good, permanent scale to weigh pulling tractors. He and several others traveled over 4 hours to get a donated sled and get in installed on our grounds. Jim was the driving force to get one of our members to design a computer system to record distances and winners in each class. This has really streamlined the “bookkeeping and announcing” during our pulls.
Jim has served as president and track boss” very well for Branch 28. He has well organized pulls that continue to attract new spectators and visitors to our shows. This in turn gets more interest in our demonstrations and exhibits as Branch 289 strives to continue the traditions of or past agricultural methods and equipment.