The members of Color County Antique Machinery Association are pleased to nominate Fred “Red” and June Salisbury for inclusion in the national Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association Hall of fame. It would only be fitting that they receive this honor as a couple because they have worked tirelessly as a couple to establish, grow, and serve Branch 134. Both individuals are fully committed to the objectives of our local and national organizations.
After traveling more than 300 miles one way to participate in Branch 14 club activities for several years, often hauling more than a semi load of tractors, Red and June founded our branch in 2000. During the first couple of years they paid club dues for many family members and employees of their company while they relentlessly recruited new members. Red has served as president and June as secretary every year that our club has been in existence. Several times June has also served as treasurer and newsletter editor as well. Their “Nomad” travel trailer goes to all the club events in Utah, Arizona and Nevada as the official office. They also haul several loads of their tractors and stationary engines to these many events. In 2011 branch 134 had major events in eight different towns. Red, June and their extended family fully support these events.
The Salisburys have a large impressive collection of tractors, implements, and functioning stationary engines that represents many makes and models. When it comes to old iron these folks are truly colorblind! They have donated several pieces of equipment for permanent public display to help promote EDGE&TA and our local branch.
Red provided most of the materials and much of the labor to build two pulling sleds and a mobile, full platform electronic scale that Branch 134 has used to conduct tractor pulls in many different venues. Red and June have both been successful tractor pullers and often provide a tractor for some new puller to be introduced to this fun activity. Additionally Red and one of his sons also build a pedal tractor pulling sled and arranged for the donation of two pedal tractors to the club so that even the youngest children can enjoy participating at our club events.
Red and June have attended many national and regional EDGE&TA shows and are both now working very hard to prepare for the SW Regional show that our club is hosting this fall. Working with former members of our club, Red and June helped establish Branch 217 in Page AZ in 2010.
The members of Branch 134 offer our gratitude to this exemplary couple and we are pleased to place their names in nomination for this well deserved honor.