In Memorium

Part of what makes antique tractor collectors love their machines is the connection and obligation to the past. Antique tractors are simply a touchstone we use to understand and find our place in history, in our own lives and within the greater community of mankind. In this regard, antique tractors are no longer an end, but a means of providing greater understanding and appreciation of the history our forebears created. The relationship we have with our forebears, who provided for us and built the foundation we use to reach for our dreams and goals, is critical if we wish to become the forebears our children need.

With this in mind, it became increasingly clear to me and to the subscribers of ATIS that we needed a page to memorialize the subscribers who have passed on to a greater reward. We need to memorialize their contributions, their insight and their unique perspective that we enjoyed. In terms of the past, a memorial page is how we chronicle the life and times of the subscribers. In terms of the present, the stories, anecdotes and pictures are how we comfort ourselves and find inspiration and guidance. In terms of the future, a memorial page provides a mechanism by which we ensure the important lessons taught by the living are not discarded at the graveside when we depart. In short, the memorial page affirms the past, lights our path in the present, and assures that in the future our children can find wisdom and direction. I think this page has done just that and I hope you find all of this and more during your visit with this page.

Spencer Yost
Winston-Salem NC - June 15, 1998

Scott Satterlund - Founder and Owner of Binder Books

1958 - 2003

Scott Satterlund - A great friend and an ardent supporter of ATIS: You will be missed.

Scott Satterlund Memorial Bulletin, INterior pages

Scott Satterlund Memorial Bulletin, Front and Rear pages

Harold Van Atta

1936 - 1997

Harold Van Atta on his 1945 Seattle A Gibson

Harold Van Atta, an avid gardner and tractor lover, was born on December 8, 1936 in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was introduced to tractors as a teenager, starting with a Ford 9N that he used on his parent's farm. Later, when he and his family (wife Kathy and children Paul and Sydney) moved to Vancouver, Washington to help care for his aging grandmother, he aquired two machines: a 1949 8N and a 1945 Seattle A Gibson. With 3 1/2 acres to care for along the Columbia River, these tractors were rarely idle.

In 1996, Harold purchased four other Gibsons in varying states of disrepair. It was his interest in these Gibson restoration projects that brought him to ATIS. In addition to the time he spent at the computer posting and responding to messages, he was also a member of the Fort Vancouver Antique Tractor Association and the Gibson Tractor Club of Ohio. He managed to get three of the four Gibsons running, and was working on restoring them to their original condition when he passed away on December 6, 1997 after suffering a heart attack while working in his garden.

Many ATIS subscribers knew Harold as "Castle Cove," the name of his home on the Columbia River. Many of his writings to the list have been compiled into a web page at

Walt Handley

1930 - 1998

Walt Handley and his 3 sons,
Walt Jr., Ed, and Bill

Walt's 1940 Farmall H

Walt Handley was born on December 24, 1930. He found ATIS early in 1997 shortly after he "horse traded" an old computer for a non-running 1940 Farmall H. His wife, Chris, said that for the first time since he retired in 1993, he wasn't the same. He had finally found something to keep him busy, between working on his tractor, reading the ATIS e-mail, and being involved in various tractor chats which he thoroughly enjoyed. Here is a portion of a message that he posted to the ATIS list about his trade:

"I have been following the mail in this forum for a few weeks and can't believe how much I have learned. It's great how intelligent some of you are. I horse traded for this old rusty tractor about 3 months ago, it was about 15 miles down the hill (2000 ft. lower) from were I live. Try as I might I couldn't get anyone to help me haul it up here. I finally bit the bullet, and borrowed a car hauler trailer from a friend in a city 75 mi. from here, and went down the hill and got it. Boy that trip was an experience in itself, first the only thing I had to pull it with is my Jeep Cherokee, I have a 5000lb. reciever hitch, but only a 4 cyl, 2.5 L engine. Loading it was also a lot of fun. We bent the ramps. I got them fixed the next day."

Though the tractor was never fully restored, Walt was able to get it running before he became too ill from the cancer which took his life on January 20, 1998.

Bob Learned

1930 - 1997

Bob Learned and his wife Merle on a Bolens Husky-600

Bob's Briggs & Stratton Engine
display trailer

Bob Learned succumbed to complications from a brain tumor on January 17, 1998 at the age of 67. A graduate of Colorado School of Mines, Bob worked as a manufacturing engineer in the electronics industry until his retirement in 1987. Bob was introduced to EDGE&TA Branch 3 in 1985 by the late branch 3 member, Hal Low, and had been an active participant in the club ever since. In addition to all of the fine restoration work he did on his Briggs & Stratton collection, he served on the Branch 3 Board of Directors, handled our membership lists and label printing needs, and at the National level he was the web master for EDGE&TA's home page on the internet. Oftentimes he would take digital pictures at a show and have themn available for viewing on the EDGE&TA'S homepage before most folks got home from the show. He also had his own home page which was one of the better examples to be seen. Bob was a quiet man, but his actions spoke louder than his words. He was alway available to help fellow collectors with their engine problem.....He will be missed. His web page is still active and can be seen at

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