Granton Tractor Club
Rides through Granton Countryside
October 1, 2022


Reporter Edward DuBois contributed to this article.


The Granton Antique Tractor Club held its annual fall tractor ride Oct. 1, with a turnout of roughly 25 people, creating a long line of machines still operating just fine despite their age.


“We usually have a spring ride, a fall ride and in September we have a Plow Day,” the club’s president Joe Petkovsek said.


The gathering and starting point was the Granton BP station. Some people trailered their tractors to Granton while many people drove their tractors to Granton. Gary Krultz, who lives in Greenwood, drove his late dad’s International Harvester 1066 to Loyal, joining two fellow club members on the drive to Granton.


The day was sunny and warm, which made for a great day for a leisurely tractor ride in the fresh, clean air as the fall colors were revealing themselves.


Stan Ratsch, with his International 656, led the ride route as it wound its way via back roads to the Roadhouse Bar and Grill on Highway 73 in Sherwood, where everyone took a break and got refreshments. The ride then resumed toward the Lindsey Bar, where everyone relaxed and enjoyed lunch.


Granton Tractor Club 2022


Tractor drivers park outside of Lindsey Bar to pause for refreshments during the Oct. 1 Granton tractor ride,
where people observing the ride got to ask the owners questions about their machines.
Submitted photo


Many people stopped to look at the tractors in the parked lineup and asked questions about the old iron workhorses, whether they be in their “work clothes” (their original paint) or freshly restored.


From Lindsey, via different back roads, Ratch led the ride on its return path to Granton, completing the nearly 30-mile circuit. The entire ride went off without a hitch.


The scenic ride was enjoyed by both club members and guests, as all the club’s tractor rides are open to anyone who wishes to join. Owning an antique tractor is not a prerequisite. Just the enjoyment of good fellowship is all that is needed.


Ten people who enjoyed the ride from the people transport wagon towed by Bill Rueth’s Farmall 756.


In total, 19 tractors participated in the Granton ride, including two gal tractor drivers, the youngest driver of all being a gal of 13.


The newest tractor was a 1971 model.


The club extended its gratitude Granton BP station, Roadhouse and the Lindsey Bar for being so gracious in accommodating everyone on the ride.


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 12, 2022

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, October 12, 2022

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, October 14, 2022

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