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Aug 20, 2012 6:31 AM by David Jay

Brother and sister ride dad's old tractor at Threshing Bee

WORDEN, MT - The South Central Montana Antique Tractor and Machinery Association hosted its annual Threshing Bee this weekend, to give people a chance to see a history of tractors and farming.

Vicki Hess and Craig Loberg rode a 1914 Case steam engine tractor once owned by their father, Red Loberg of Circle.

"He loved all kinds of equipment," Hess said. "He was a farmer so he had combines all kinds of trucks, tractors everything."

"Did a lot of steam cleaning with lye water," Loberg said. "And steel brushing and cleaning and taking apart, putting it back together."

The lobergs remember climbing all over this tractor, when their dad owned it and it meant a lot to them to see it all restored.

"Makes me want to get back up there and play on the tractor again," Hess said.

"Always made sure there was a cover on the stack so that the birds and the water wouldn't get in," Loberg said. " We kept it going real good."

Dick Tombrink bought the tractor in 2008 with the same plan as Red Loberg had in 1957.

"He wanted to restore it like it was," Tombrink said. "Like it was used back then and from what I can tell, that's what he did."

Tombrink used the tractor for a sawmill at the 24th annual Threshing Bee outside the Huntely Project Museum. And he uses similar setup for thrashing wheat.

"If it was sitting in the museum, you don't get the full effect of it," Tombrink said. "When it's operating, you can hear the sounds, you can smell the oil the smoke, all of that. You get real good dose of what it was really like."

In 1957, Red Loberg used the steam engine for a thrashing and now his children enjoy riding their dad's old tractor.

"It was fabulous," Hess said.

"Brings back lots of memories," Loberg said.

This year's event was also a national show for the "Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association."

In 1957, Red Loberg used the steam engine for a thrashing and now his children enjoy riding their dad's old tractor.

"It was fabulous," Hess said.

"Brings back lots of memories," Loberg said.

This year's event was also a national show for the "Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association."

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