International Harvester Collectors of Indiana Chapter 7

Director Highlights

Emmett Webb, Membership Secretary

 My name is Emmett Webb.  I was born and raised in East Central Indiana on a farm in Wayne County, with 320 acres of grain, hogs and feeder cattle. At the ripe age of 6, I got to drive my first tractor, an F12, which the neighbor used to pull a sled to haul sorghum to the press. He would tie the steering wheel with twine and put the sorghum on the sled. He put me on the seat and told me to hold it straight. This began my first love for IH.

I spent several years in 4-H and not only worked with my family on our farm but helped other farmers around as a hand. I have spent several years in the environmental field, with over 35 years in Hazardous Waste Cleanup. Since retiring, I have worked part time with our local Harvest Land Co-Op, driving a tender truck. I have served on our local Town Board, and I helped organize our local fire board, of which I was President for 3 years.  I attended my first IH Winter Convention at Fort Wayne and my first Red Power Round Up in Hookstown, PA, and I have been attending both events every year.

My daughter, Tonya Shank, also a Chapter 7 member, is the web master for our IHC Chapter 7 website.


Dwayne Hansford

 My name is Dwayne Hansford and I have been involved with Indiana Chapter #7 since day one and am a charter member. I was the treasurer for the first 9 years and decided to take a break from the board so I was just a spectator for a few years. Now this fall I was asked to run as a director and became a board member once again.

A little history on who I am. I grew up around Farmall and IH tractors and equipment and working with my grandparents on there small in Rush County when I had school breaks or holiday times. The first tractor I drove was an M Farmall at the age of 12. Little did I know it would lead me to be an collector and supporter of IH.

When I got to the age of getting a job I was fortunate to work on a big cattle and hog farm and we farmed close to 4000 acres back in the early 80's. Then after that I worked for a couple of different shops as a mechanic. Then I went to work for a Case IH dealership as a mechanic and shop foreman for ten years. While I was at the dealership I got interested in the tractor collecting hobby and parts business.

Now I own Rustic Red Acres Tractor Parts along with my wife Sandy and we just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. Sandy and I go to several shows throughout the summer and sell parts as a IH vendor and enjoy the IH feature shows. We have been in business for close to 25 years and enjoy supporting the IH hobby and helping folks with there projects big or small. We have a collection of IH and Farmall tractors and equipment and really like the Pre 1939 era. We have a son and daughter that have been involved in our hobby since they were small children. We have added to our collection throughout the last 30 years and met a lot of great collectors and family's with the same interest as us and have enjoyed making new friends along the way.

I am also the current president of Johnson County Antique Machinery Assoc and have been in that position for 28 years. I am a charter member there as well and helped start that club. Johnson County Antique Machinery has hosted two Indiana Chapter #7 state shows in the past.

I hope I can help bring some new ideas to the IH club to push the hobby in to the future and keep bringing in new collectors.y are.


Ben Chestnut

Hello, my name is Ben Chestnut. I will soon be a resident of rural Odon for 61 years. I have been married to Becky for 37 years. We have a son Daniel, daughter-in-law Missy and granddaughter Kinze. We also have a daughter Sarah and her friend Nick. I am a member of the Shiloh Church of God. I am a charter member and founder of the White River Valley Antique Association at Elnora Indiana.

I (we) have enjoyed collecting McCormick Deering and Farmall tractors for several years. I had a few tractors when Becky and I were married and she has added several since then. We have several unstyled McCormick Deering and Farmall tractors with many of them on full steel. 

We show several of our tractors with mounted equipment each year at the White River Valley Antique Association at Elnora IN, always the weekend after Labor Day. We also have several of the letter series, a few of the 300 thru 450, an 806 and a half dozen cub cadets. I believe we have three tractors with three digit serial number (including Farmall M S/N 673). Recently we have been collecting some of the offset Farmalls such as Super A, 130 and 140 with one point fast hitch and fast hitch equipment. We also enjoy collecting IH toy tractors, tools and memorabilia. A couple of my favorite tractors are a 1936 McCormick Deering W-30 Orchard tractor on full steel and 1944 Farmall HV on full steel.


Jim Yoars

 My name is Jim Yoars.  I am married to Cheryl.  I started collecting tractors in 2001, the same year I joined Chapter 7.  The collection started with a Farmall C that my grandfather bought new in the fall of 1947.  I currently have 35 tractors.  The oldest is a 1938 F-20.  The newest is a 1976 966 Black Stripe, which my father bought new.

I graduated from Purdue with a BS in Agriculture Management. I am a veteran of the Vietnam era.  I retired from active farming in 2001 and retired from management with Chrysler Corporation in 2007.    

My two sons live nearby, and I have 4 grandsons, and one granddaughter. I am active in my church, McGrawsville United Methodist Church.  I am President of the Santa Fe Cemetery Association.  

My wife and I enjoy going to Red Power Round Up’s.  I enjoy visiting with (and sharing stories and ideas with) club members at the meetings and shows.