December 6, 2012

Wayne Durham Honored at Wyaconda Tractor Pull



Wayne Durham was recently honored at the Wyaconda Tractor Pull for his contributions to tractor pulling. Pictured in the front row are Travis, Gene (Wayne's father), Terrence and Dewayne Durham. In the back row are Wayne and Margery Durham.

Wayne Durham recently was honored at the Wyaconda Tractor Pull for his dedication and service to the association.

Wayne was born on a farm north of Arbela and has been involved with tractors from an early age. He started driving a John Deere B at the age of four while his parents picked corn by hand. He had to use his foot on the hand clutch when his Dad told him to stop the tractor.

Durham has been involved in tractor pulling for several years. At the age of 15 he built one of the first Hot Rod pullers in the area, a Massey Harris 44 with a car V8, transmission and front end. He had that Massey at the pull with the correct engine. Wayne also helped operate the Kice's Stopper pulling sled in the 1970's. He also helped with the Missouri State Fair and the Scotland County tractor pulls. Besides pulling antiques tractors, Wayne also owns and operates the scales that weigh the tractors for the pulls throughout the Midwest.

Results from the Annual Wyaconda Antique Tractor Pull were also released.

Antique 3250 lb. class - 1. Calvin Schneider, Clay; 2. Dan White, Des Moines, IA; 3. David Helmick, Argyle, IA

Stock Farm 4000 lb. class - 1. Matt Clark, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. Evan Cameron, Luray; 3. Luke Brown, Farmington, IA

Antique 3500 lb. class - 1. Calvin Schneider, Clay; 2. David Helmick, Argyle, IA; 3. Doug Folker, Farmington, IA

Stock Farm 4500 lb. class - 1. Matt Clark, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. Luke Brown, Farmington, IA; 3. Jennifer LaFrenz, Wyaconda

Antique 4000 lb. class - 1. Dewayne Durham, Memphis; 2. Steve Crockett, Brashear; 3. Doug Durant, Baxter, IA

Stock Farm 5000 lb. class - 1. Chris Humes, Wyaconda; 2. Matt Clark, Oskaloosa, IA; 3. Jennifer LaFrenz, Wyaconda

Antique 4500 lb. class - 1. Allison Barber, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. Merlyn Williams, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 3. Jean Durant, Newton, IA

Stock Farm 5500 lb class - 1. Gary LaFrenz, Wyaconda; 2. Dan Doscher, Memphis; 3. Richard Courtney, Kahoka

Antique 5000 lb class -1. Allison Barber, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. Merlyn Williams, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 3. Miles Cameron, Luray

Stock Farm 6000 lb class - 1. Danny Graham, Kahoka; 2. Ed Colvin, Wyaconda; 3 Calvin Meier, Wayland

Antique 5500 lb. class - 1. Courtney Chandler, Cameron, IL; 2. Calvin Meier, Wayland; 3. David Wiggins, Memphis

Stock Farm 6500 lb. class - 1. Byron Miller, Ursa, IL; 2. Ed Colvin, Wyaconda; 3. Ed Colvin, Wyaconda

Antique 6500 lb. class - 1. Marvin Mallams, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 2. Mike Alyward, Arbela; 3. Courtney Chandler, Cameron, IL

Stock Farm 7500 lb class - 1. Byron Miller, Ursa, IL; 2. Richard Courtney, Kahoka

Classic 3500 lb. class -1. Calvin Schneider, Clay; 2. Steve Crockett, Brashear

Stock Farm 9000 lb. class - 1. Jeremy Daw, Revere; 2. Terrence Durham, Arbela; 3. David Wiggins, Memphis

Classic 4000 lb. class- 1. Allison Barber, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. Wayne Durham, Arbela; 3. Steve Crockett, Brashear

Stock Farm 10,000 lb class - 1. Jim McQuoid, Gorin; 2. Scott Gregory, Kahoka; 3. Terrence Durham, Arbela

Classic 4500 lb. class - 1. Jody Barber, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. David Stroud, Farmington

Stock Farm 11,000 lb class - 1. Clint Briscoe, Williamstown;

Classic 5500 lb. class - 1. Jody Barber, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. David Stroud, Farmington; 3. Marvin Mallams, Mt. Pleasant, IA

Classic 6500 lb. class -1. Courtney Chandler, Cameron, IL; 2. Marvin Mallams, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 3. Mike Alyward, Arbela.

The event was sponsored by FCS Financial (Miles Cameron), H & S Elk Farm, D & J Pulling Team, Schmitz Spraying Service, Big Bri's, Peoples Bank of Wyaconda, Gene Paul Insurance, Sunrise Motel, Helena, J. Humes' Sandblasting LLC, Steve's Family Dining, Wilson Funeral Home, Clark Mutual Insurance, Kahoka State Bank, TNT General Contracting LLC, Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri, Tri-State Tractor LLC, Outback Hairshack, McAfee & Hayes Auction Service, Holton's Welding, Catfish Place, C ook's Mens Store, Martin's Auto, Daw's Repair, Cantril Grain & Feed, Kruger Seed- Mike Frazier, Scott's Feed, Green Valley Seed, Crawford Auto, Car Quest of Memphis, Vigen Funeral Home, Community Bank of Memphis, AJ's Bar & Grill, Trump Trucks, Shelter Insurance - Tim Bertram, Agent, Wiss & Wiss, Kahoka Motors, Brown Automotive, Off Road Tire, Ott's Auto Supply, Tri State Welding, Countryside Flowers - Memphis, Memphis MFA Farmer's Produce, Payne Funeral Chapel, Jerry Graham Family, Hopkins Lumber, Rose Hardware, MFA - Kahoka, American Family Insurance (Kim Daniels), RPM - Memphis, Gerth's Funeral Home.

It is because of these sponsors support and generosity that organizers have been able to hold the Wyaconda Antique Tractor Pull along with all of the tractor pullers that participated. The pull was made possible by John Steele and family and Dennis Perry. The sled was provided by Jeff White, of Des Moines, IA. Scales were provided by Wayne Durham of Arbela and the packer was compliments of Gary Trump, Kahoka, MO.

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