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Restoring Tradition Since 1988

Dedicated to preserving the history of John Deere Tractors and Equipment

Newspaper Article 1988

Randy Armstrong of Norfolk has become the first president of the newly-formed Cornhusker Two-Cylinder Club, an organzation for two-cylinder enthusiasts. The name of the new club and its officers were chosen at a meeting at the Norfolk Country Inn on April 22.

Also elected were Larry Clark, Stanton, vice president; Virginia Filsinger, Clearwater, secretary-treasurer; Dale Remmich, Norfolk, historian; and Frankie Charipar, Leigh; Mike Weber, Plainview; Galen Furstenau and Emil Dittrich, Tilden; and Rodney Monk, Carroll, members of the activities committee.

The club meetings will be held on the second Tuesday every other month. The next meeting will be on June 14. The Cornhusker Two-Cylinder Club primarily encompasses the Northeast Nebraska region.

The local organization plans a special effort to showcase its antique tractors during Norfolk's LaVitsef celebration in September. Besides entering the annual parade, the club hopes to have a display of each model, from smallest to largest, on a downtown street.

ARMSTRONG, who farmed north of Battle Creek and was graduated from Battle Creek High School, started with another brand of tractor but neighbors had a two-cylinder Deere and he "fell in love with it," 

He said he "bothered my dad (Bill Armstrong, now of Arkansas) for years until I finally got my first one." His mother, Helen Armstrong, lives in Norfolk.

He bought two models - a 1937 Model AR - one in Canada and one near Meadow Grove. Late last year he found a 1950 Model AR in northern Minnesota and brought it to Norfolk to revive. 

He just recently completed a six-month restoration and refinishing of the 1950 model and now has a 1944 Model D he found in eastern Colorado, which is in need of considerable restoration effort, Armstrong said. He works on and keeps the refurbished tractors in a large garage in his back yard. 

Armstrong, who completed an electronics course at Northeast Community College, is a traveling office equipment serviceman for Western Typewriter and Office Supply of Norfolk. He is married to the former Jayne La Frenz, daughter of Harry and Dorothy La Frenz of Creighton. They have four children, Rhiannon, 9, Shauna, 7, Landon, 4, and Andrea, 1.

Other officers of the club are Larry Clark, Stanton, vice president, and Virginia Filsinger, Clearwater, secretary.