We participate in many events in Washington State such as the Old Apple Tree Festival, and parades in Ridgefield, Hazel Dell, Hockinson, and the Veterans Day Parade in Vancouver, USA.
Our club also runs, and maintains the Clark County Washington State Agricultural Museum at the Clark County Event Center where we display tractors, farm equipment, antique tool use, and blacksmith techniques. FVAEA started in 1984 with 12 members. We currently have 45 + members. We are Branch 23 of Early Gas Engine & Tractor Association Inc.
(Applicants must join EDGE&TA Inc. for insurance. $17.00 per person)
Mail inquiries to 7720 NE Hwy 99 Suite D, #183
Vancouver, WA 98665
Contribution to EDGE&TA
Alan’s lifetime has been spent in Ridgefield, Washington and he comes from a long line of mechanical talent. His grandfather was the “village blacksmith” who repaired most everything in his rural community and threshed for the area. Alan’s father, Paul, and his Uncle Clyde were geniuses at machine design, construction and repair and Alan was raised in this environment.
Alan’s exposure to old equipment started at age 8 when his dad, Paul, held the first steam threshing bee on the west coast in 1950. From then on, his life has been very busy collecting, restoring and displaying old iron at fairs, parades and shows. His favorite activity is restoring anything old – especially the rough and incomplete projects.
Alan’s involvement with EDGE&TA started in the 1970’s and includes several years as President of Branch 15, forming Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association (Branch 23), helping form Branch 206, being an EDGE&TA advisor for northwest and southwest regions as well as membership in other branches and many other collector and community organizations.
Alan’s farm has been dubbed “The Iron Ranch” because of the large volume of old iron scattered around and in eight buildings, all stuffed full of collectibles of all kinds. The Iron Ranch is host to tractor pulls, club meetings, tours, field events and individual tours. It hosts the Branch 23 annual show and monthly meetings and has hosted an EDGE&TA National Meet and an EDGE&TA Regional Meet. Alan will be greatly missed.
Submitted by, Buster Brown, edited by The WEBGUY
Some months back a friend of Alan Schurman’s, Dick King of Kelso,Washington State noticed a fire truck pedal car in a rack in Alan's museum that was restored. It was a very nice restoration, but Mr. King told Alan he thought he could make it even better.
A few days ago, it was returned and is shown in the pictures.
All custom made pieces and sporting a plaque dedicating it to Alan. Unfortunately, Alan passed away before he could see it.
Marcella (Alan’s widow) says it will never be for sale and will always have a place in her living room.
Article and photos submitted by Wayne Arbour.
Mail inquiries to 7720 NE Hwy 99 Suite D, #183 Vancouver, WA 98665