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September 2009 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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My Dad: A Tribute to His Life & His Tractor

Sep 28, 2009

McCormick CEO Rodney Miller shares his favorite tractor story:
 
Please let me tell you about more than just a tractor, although I love tractor stories tremendously also. It is the “legacy” that this particular tractor happens to be a part of.
 
The tractor is an International Harvester (IH) model 1086, 1978 year, SN# 2610177U029610, and was purchased by my father, John Eugene Miller, in January 1979 from Hamilton County Implements, in McLeansboro, IL. Dad was affectionately known as “Gene”, by his many friends and acquaintances, and this IH 1086 was one of the last “black seat” models made, as the new “western style” cabs had just come out. This tractor has been fully  restored, and more will follow about that later, but I want to share more about the “story” and “legacy” this tractor is proud to be a part of.
 
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My Dad, Gene, simply put, was absolutely the greatest man I have ever known. He was an accomplished farmer, father, husband, friend, salesman, deacon, and most importantly, and what he would want to be remembered as; a “born again” Christian since his conversion in 1949. He loved the Lord more than anything else in his life and truly “walked” what he “talked”. He has passed a legacy to me and my 3 brothers (Larry, Dennis, and Paul) and sister (Sylvia) that we are all honored to be a part of. His legacy encompasses not only the great farming and work ethics he taught us, but more about the eternal things of life; of love and pas­sion for life, of concern for others, of teaching us to be there for others in time of need, and to enjoy friends and family, and much, much, more.
 

A Tractor Built Just for Show

Sep 28, 2009

(Courtesy of Lee Grady – McCormick-International Harvester Collection Library – Archives Division, Wisconsin Historical Society)

Tracto was built in the late 50's by International Harvester to entertain children at farm shows.  We found him in the early 1990's restored him and took him back to the shows that he had been when he was new like the Farm Progress Show and the Louisville National Farm Machinery Show.  He is now the pride and joy of our museum in Madison, Missouri. 
 
Photos submitted by Darrell Darst.

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Fancied-Up Farmall

Sep 16, 2009



Tractor collector Elbert Gilooly, from Essex, Mo., shows off his Farmall tractor, which was covered in rust when he bought it.

For more Tractor Tales, visit www.USFarmReport.com.

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Steiger PTA 310

Sep 09, 2009


This tractor was bought new 28 years ago. Our Steiger PTA 310 has performed just about every farming task you could think of. With the other tractors on the farm being quite small we depended on it to take on a very heavy workload.
 
Today our Steiger still has the original Cummins 855 and Allison automatic transmission and still performs many important jobs.  Even though we added another big tractor to the operation a few years ago we still depend on the Steiger to do many important tasks on the farm.
 
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