By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor
Visitors to Elida’s centennial celebration Saturday and Sunday will have the opportunity to step back in time through displays around the square.
Antique tractors dating back to the 1920s, Model T and Model A Ford cars, antique fire trucks and school buses will be some of the motorized items on display. Horse-drawn relics including a stagecoach, a buggy and a covered wagon will take people back in time before the 20th century.
“We have about a half-dozen, what we call ‘em rust bucket tractors dating to the 1920s, said Elida centennial organizer Fred Anthony.
“There will be a few restored tractors as well. You never know for sure what’s going to sow up at one of these deals.”
Anthony said the unique thing about the “rust bucket” tractors — all Farmalls — is that original ownership on all of them is traceable back to an Elida-area farmer and they were all purchased at Wall & Son Equipment in Elida.
Anthony said tractors from the Weldon Reed and Floyd McAlister farms are expected as is a pink tractor owned by Connie Mac Smith of Roswell. Smith’s tractor, painted pink in support of the fight against breast cancer, was a big hit at this year’s Eastern New Mexico Ag Expo.
Anthony said that old-time gasoline equipment and vintage signs will be on display at the old service station next to the fire station and an unrestored kerosene delivery truck that serviced Kenna and Elida customers will be on hand.
Glen Schattschneider will have a 100-foot booth in front of the IOOF Hall with a variety of antiques and conversation pieces on display. Among the items he’ll be showing is a baby buggy made in 1847 along with saddles and tack, household items and farm items.
Despite his reservations about hauling everything back home, Schattschneider is expecting a good time. He made arrangements for the stagecoach, buggy and covered wagon. He said rides can’t be offered but people will be able to have their picture made atop the stagecoach.