I met Carmen Sevcik a few weeks ago during the controlled burn of Hidden Valley Park. She had just moved into one of the Valley Pond townhomes where we live.
Carmen’s known to many in the area because she and her husband Norm collected high crop tractors, especially Farmall, Case, and International Harvester. (Her dad, Palmer Fossum, collected vintage Ford tractors.) The Sevcik farm in Wheatland Township was known as High Crop Hill and many of their tractors were featured in the book, The Big Book of Farmall Tractors. See the screenshot of the profile from the book on the right. Norman died in 2008.
Carmen’s a club officer for Rice County Steam and Gas Engines and is also well-known to many Northfield kids, as she’s driven a school bus for many years for Benjamin Bus. That’s a school bus mobile on her porch.
It was 45 degrees, raining, and windy when I took this handful of photos at 8:30am on Saturday at the Palmer Fossum tractor auction. (See related blog post here.) Without boots, long underwear, and rain gear, I wimped out after about 10 minutes.
See the album of 7 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
We got this email from Victor Summa over the weekend. I’ve added the links and photos.
Here’s a challenge for LG. It’s called using our history … retaining our meaning.
In the 909 N News there’s an article on the Palmer Fossum vintage tractor collection being auctioned. [see] the auctioneer’s E page on the collection. The Fossum farm is east of town on 100th street. (continued)
Continue reading Palmer Fossum’s vintage tractor collection: an economic development opportunity