Family ties and memories are powerful. Ditto for farm machinery.
Combine the two...and often we run into heart warming stories of folks searching, finding, then buying back farm equipment that once belonged to a family member. So is the case with a young Kansas farmer, Corey Lohrenz. Corey is originally from Moundridge, KS. His grandfather Jim Lohrenz passed away in February 2013.
Corey recently found and bought back his grandpa Jim's John Deere 55 combine.
"Pete - Thought I would share with you my recent purchase, I bought this 1966 John Deere 55," said Lohrenz. "My grandpa bought it brand new from Georing Implement in Moundridge, KS and farmed with it until 1980 then sold it to a neighbor. I tracked it down and bought it back."
"It has 2,6XX original hours on it. It has always been shedded and is 100% original right down to the paint and tires!"
I love hearing these stories. I don't know what it is about tractors, combines, plows and trucks, but having your dad's, grandpa's or great grandpa's I think helps us to keep them with us, keeps them alive and real to us, helps us remember the things we learned from them, helps us remember happier, simpler times. And also I think can help us to teach our kids and grandkids a little bit more in depth and color what Grandpa Jim was like.
One more pic for you...Corey Lohrenz with his wife Kelsey on their John Deere 55 combine that Corey's grandpa Jim bought new 51 years ago.