Larry has been on the EDGETA board of directors since 2003. He was elected President of the board in 2004, and still holds that position. He has been very dedicated to the job as president, and has spent a lot of time to insure that the organization runs smoothly. He spends a lot of time trading e-mails with board members on issues that are related to EDGETA. He is always willing to talk about an issue, and to discuss possible solutions, not only with the EDGETA board, but with anyone else as well.
He belongs to Branch 16 of EDGETA and to the Ozark Steam Engine Association. Larry served as president of Branch 16 of EDGETA for many years. He is at present serving as historian and newsletter editor. He is on the board of directors of the Ozark Steam Engine Association, their annual show is the Steam-O-Rama, a joint four day show held in Republic, MO ten days after Labor Day in September. Larry always has several items on exhibit and is responsible for the Friday night tractor pull.
It is rare to find someone that is as dedicated to the hobby as Larry. Not only is he very active in EDGETA, but he hauls trailer loads of tractors and exhibits to local tractor shows, and takes a trailer load of exhibits to the National and Regional EDGETA shows, even though they may be over a 1000 miles away. By bringing his exhibits spectators have a chance to learn how equipment from another area of the country was used in the early years. His exhibits are entertaining, educational and hands on learning to young children and adults. He and his family hold a fish fry for members of their branch each year where they furnish the fish/hotdogs//burgers/homemade ice cream for the event. The family sets up tables, chairs and awnings where visitors can eat and enjoy the show in the shade. He and his family sets out their Allis collection for everyone to enjoy.
Larry likes collecting the odd ball items. Some of his early items were gas engines, an Oliver ‘70’, Farmall ‘A’, Massey Harris Pony, Empire, General, Massey Harris ‘25’, Industrial Oliver ‘80’, Avery ‘A’, Massey Harris GP, Avery ‘V’, Cletrac Crawler, various implements and a steam engine. Another part of his collection is a very extensive collection of mechanical and hydraulic jacks and accessories. One of his favorite tractors is a 1928 Wallis. This is the tractor his dad liked to take to tractor pulls. Larry has kept it up as a show tractor.
Another one of his collectables is his wood items. This collection includes corn sheller, fodder chopper, grist mill, cider press, steel buhr mill and several other pieces.Larry also has an extensive collection of Allis Chalmers garden tractors and implements. He is in the process of modifying an Allis Chalmers garden tractor to accommodate an Allis Chalmers fork lift.