A Tractor Tale
Jan 28, 2011
Attached is a picture of my son, my mother and my father. The tractor in the background is a 1935 F12. In 1946 after WWII when dad got out of the army Air Corps he bought his farm in Dracut, MA. Part of the deal for the farm was this tractor stays with my father. Dad used this tractor well into the early 70's for mowing hay and cutting fire wood.
Around 1980 my brother John (US Farm Report did a segment of your show on him after 9/11, the was the AA pilot who was killed in the crash in the World trade center) and myself cut about 50 cords of wood with this tractor per year. I moved away in 1985 after graduating colege. Dad told me back then when he passed away I could have the tractor. Last year I asked dad if I could come from MI to MA and take the tractor back to MI with me. The picture was taken last Easter, the tractor hadn't run since the early 80's and the engine was froze.
Dad turns 90 this year and at Easter we plan on having a party for him. The tractor engine has been rebuilt, and it is in for paint. I will bring this tractor back to MA for dad to again drive it. Dad still farms putting in about 5000 square bales of hay per year.