Tired Iron of the Ozarks
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13344 Taylor Orchard Road, Gentry, Arkansas

MAILING ADDRESS:  P. O.  Box 57, Gentry, AR  72734 


July/August 2014                                                                               Volume 16      Issue 4


            Hello Tired Iron, The fall show is right around the corner.  September is coming up in a couple of months and will be here  before we know it.  Johnny Burger took the kids' train to the Gentry 4th of July celebration.  I drove  the people mover around Gentry and everyone seemed to enjoy that.  We had four tractors.  Don Christensen brought his pump trailer and an 8N Ford.  Anthony Hartfield's 1947 Gibson was also on display.  That tractor actually belongs to Anthony's brother Floyd, who lives in Long Beach, Mississippi.  Thanks Floyd.  Johnny Burger had his 8n, Massey, and AA Ford Truck there. 

            I would like to thank the Club members who helped to remove the line shaft.  A day of intensive effort enabled the workers to remove all the line shafts and machines, as well as to dismantle most of the building.  It's dangerous to thank all who helped since someone might be overlooked, but the workers included the following club members:  Al Walkenbach, Ike Lockridge, Rick Lockridge, Bryan Parsons, A. J. Fletcher, Clyde Brummett, Dale Crawford, Larry Morrison, Waldo McIntosh, and Jack Hutcheson.  I think there is still a lot of cleanup to do at the building site. We will talk this through at the next meeting.  Jack      

EVENTS CALENDAR:  To report any discrepancies or items to include, please call 479-524-0450.

July 15                         Tired Iron regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse

August 8-9                  Gravette Days Parade at 12 noon on Saturday August 9. 

                                    See http://www.gravettearkansas.com/gravdays.html for more information

August 15-17              33rd Annual Show, Winfield, Kansas, by K&O Steam & Gas Engine Assn.

August 19                   Tired Iron regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse

September 5-7, 2014   Tired Iron 23rd Annual Fall Show

September 6                Pot Luck at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse

September 11-14         Ozark Steam Engine Assn. Show, Republic, MO

September 12-14         Vintage Scooters Meet at Bentonville, AR (see NOTICE below)

September 26-28         58th Annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Fort Scott, KS

October 10-11             Rusty Wheels Fall Show, Harrison, AR

October 10-11             Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club Swap Meet, Pittsburg, KS

October 17-19             Route 66 Flywheelers Show, Catoosa, OK

April 17-19, 2015        Tired Iron 23rd Annual Spring Show

NOTICE:  The 2014 Annual Fall Arkansas Vintage Scooters meet will be held at John & Jo Waudbys, in Bentonville, Ark on September 12th-14th with Thursday, Sept 11th, as an “Early Bird Day” for exhibitors to set up. There will be daily rides, door prizes, a Saturday evening banquet, a free swap meet (bring anything scooter related to sell, trade or give-a-way) ..& more!  The Friday Scooter Ride will be at 1:00 PM, the Saturday ride will be at 10:00 AM, and the Sunday breakfast ride at 8:00 AM.  All types of “Scooters” are welcome. COME & ENJOY the fun & remember to tell a friend & bring a scooter to RIDE.

John Waudby    Email:   waudby@ipa.net

4001 SW Bright Rd, Bentonville, Ark


            Having lived all his life in Northwest Arkansas, Tired Iron president Jack Charles Hutcheson has great claim to the region, as have many of his ancestors.  He was born on September 23, 1945, in Bentonville, but from his birth until adulthood, he lived and grew up on Little Spavinaw Creek near Gravette.  His dad, Jesse "Jack" Ashton Hutcheson was a sometimes deputy sheriff and, most of the time, a dairy farmer.  Even though Jack had a half brother and half sister, they were much older and were soon gone from home after he was born.  And too, the family farm was just far enough outside Gravette so that Jack spent most of his time roaming alone through the beautiful hills and valleys with his BB gun and dog and swimming in Little Spavinaw. 

            Jack's maternal family ties to Northwest Arkansas go back to well before the Civil War.  His mother, Josie Francis Harris was born and raised at Pea Ridge.  Her father, Charley Harris, was a farmer in the area, but it was her grandfather and Jack's great grandfather, John Wesley Harris, who experienced and survived the Battle at Pea Ridge in, as he called it, The War of Northern Aggression.  It was Jack's Great, Great Grandfather who brought the Harris clan from Bedford County, Tennessee, in the early 1800s, making Jack a 5th generation resident of Northwest Arkansas. 

            Jack wishes he could say that his school years were a favorite time in his life, but he said there was very little to be boastful about.  He spent his first six years of school in Gravette and his last six in Bentonville.  His favorite subject and the one he said was most useful in his work career was mechanical drawing.  He was able to use skills he learned in that class in his later, long career working for the City of Bentonville.

            Just out of high school, and at a very young age, Jack married.  Work became an important issue for him.  He first worked at a chicken plant in Bentonville but soon began working at a downtown Bentonville service station.  With children arriving on the scene it became important to boost his income and the chance came when, in 1970, he was able to purchase the service station and operate it until 1976.  It is an interesting side note that none other than Sam Walton was a regular customer.  And, since one of the Walton sons, John, was a classmate of Jack's, he has lots of first-hand stories about the Walton family.  John is the Walton son who was killed in 2005 in the crash of an experimental home-built aircraft in Jackson, Wyoming. 

            Jack sold the service station in 1976 and went to work for the City of Bentonville.  Incidentally, Jack's station was located at the corner of West 2nd and A streets, which is the location of a downtown parking lot now being built on that site.

            In 1976, Jack went to work for the Bentonville Water and Wastewater Department.  He has many certificates detailing his expertise and many commendations for his service for that department.  He can relate to us who are unaware of what the job entails just how difficult and even dangerous the work can be.  He retired in 2008 after 31 years of employment with Bentonville. 

            Elaine, Jack's wife of 16 years, is also a native of Northwest Arkansas.  She spent much of her youth in and around Gravette and even knew Jack when they were children.  Her work career began with eight months unhappily spent at the Wal-Mart headquarters as an assistant in the gold jewelry acquisitions department. Her last several years of employment were at the Bentonville Library.  She also retired in 2008.  Elaine's hobby, at which she is very serious, is quilting.  Between the two of them, they have nine children.  She has twin daughters Shelly and Kelly.  Jack has two sons, Jack and Joe, and five daughters, Brenda, Sherry, Jennifer, Rachael, and Peggy.  Together, Jack and Elaine have thirty-six grandkids and great grandkids. 

            Jack became interested in Tired Iron of the Ozarks when he saw a television piece about club member Stanley Arrowsmith and his miniaturized, hand-built farming equipment, including a steam engine.  Jack's abiding interest in old steam engines made it imperative to him that he see this exhibit first hand at a Tired Iron show.  In early 2000, he attended a show at the old club venue at Rose of Sharon on Highway 12 west of Gentry.  He liked what he saw with the club and he an Elaine paid their dues to none other than Howard Hodson and became members of Tired Iron.  For the next few years the Hutchesons were casual members.  About four of five years ago, Jack decided to get more involved with the club when he saw our members with tractors and engines at a Gravette Days celebration.  He was encouraged to get more involved by attending our meeting and shows.  The important thing was that, when he came to the show grounds, he was put to work.  He has used his skills from his work career to assist and better our club in many ways.  The first sentence in this account identifies that Jack is currently serving as president of Tired Iron.  We are grateful to Jack for his dedication to the club and to Elaine for her interest in and support for Tired Iron.

            We can't close without mentioning Jack's serious hobby in woodworking with non-powered tools.  He has a collection of planes and other woodworking tools that is quite impressive.  The work he does is displayed in his home and in his shop.  He is currently working on a shelf for one of his daughters. 

            Almost as a footnote, the important list of Jack's tractors also reveals his role in and interest in Tired Iron.  He has  a 1947 Farmall Cub, which he uses for mowing at his home and for powering the cut-off saw at the sawmill at our shows.  He also has a restored 1948 Simplicity tractor, a 1946 Gibson A with implements, a 1967 Cub Cadet he also uses for mowing, and an unknown year Mighty Mite.  Last but certainly not least, he has his father's 1947, 2N Ford tractor.  He purchased this tractor from the man who bought it from his father years ago and is now in the process of restoring it.  All this adds up to an awareness of the importance of such folks as Jack and Elaine.

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