Retired farmers drive antique tractors to Joe’s on Main

Arnie Stromberg, Victor Lindgren and Bob Putz drive their antique tractors into the parking lot of Joe’s on Main. Photos by Elizabeth Sias

 

By Elizabeth Sias

It wasn’t a quick trip, but a group of retired farmers drove their restored antique tractors into town Thursday morning to enjoy a bite to eat at Joe’s on Main.

A group of retired farmers occasionally drive into town for lunch on their restored antique tractors. The tractors included a 1949 77 Oliver with Serial No. 2 and a 1940 R Minneapolis Moline.

Driving at about 10 miles per hour, a dozen men and one woman traveled from their homes in the Dalbo area, leaving around 10 a.m. in order to get to Joe’s by noon.

“You get to see a lot of scenery you don’t get to see when you’re driving 50 miles per hour,” Roger Larson said.

They try to meet for lunch about once a month, but haven’t driven their tractors to Joe’s since last summer.

Meeting up offers the retirees a chance to catch up and “talk tractors,” Bob Putz said.

The tractors included a 1949 77 Oliver with Serial No. 2 and a 1940 R Minneapolis Moline.

From left, Ron Pirsig, Clayton Berg, Victor Lindgren, Jerry Norman, Arnie Stromberg, Bob Putz, Norris Shugren, Wendell Johnson, Ellsworth Johnson, Roger Larson, Jim Nelson, Lola Crawford and Ron Peterson line up in front of their restored antique tractors that they drove into town to eat lunch at Joe’s on Main in Cambridge Thursday afternoon.

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