|Everyone needs a hobby, especially in retirement.
Mick and Carol Osterman started on their
"hobby" when Mick bought a 4100
International crop tractor. Even though International
Harvesters are mostly red in color, this
4100 was yellow. Tractors used as "demonstrators"
are painted white until they have been sold.
Upon entering the building that
Osterman collection, it is immediately
that this shed contains a very
of tractors. Mick admits, "There
more than 40 tractors altogether.
one I have is from 1941 with
the newest being
from 1980. I have eighteen different
built since 1947. Every time
the style changes
I buy one with the new change."
One of the more unusual tractors
Ostermans own is an orchard tractor.
tractor allows the orchard owner
to fit in
between the rows of trees while
the working parts of the tractor
The IH Orchard Tractor
The yellow IH 4100 crop tractor
The Ostermans and a story about
4100 International crop tractor
were in the
Red Power Magazine, a bi-monthly publication devoted
to International hrvesters. Because of the
Ostermans' interest in and large collection
of tractors, they are members of the South
Dakota IH Collectors Chapter #21.
Mick also has model tractors for nearly every
tractor he owns. On his "wish list"
is a V8 International.
The Ostermans have been in twelve
James Valley Threshing Shows
and take several
tractors each year. Their collection
a sight to behold at James Valley