Tribute to my Dad Part2

Updated: Apr 14, 2018

Life didn’t last long in the big house, Dad had borrowed $4000 to build this and he didn't like debt.., so about 1950 we sold this house and went down on the far corner and built a more modest stick home on ½ acre. About this time they gave 1/2 acre of land to my next older brother George (+10 yrs), who built on it. Later my oldest brother Harold (+14 Yrs) would get a lot to build on when they moved up from Nashville..

Reunited after about 60 years. Dad's last tractor.

It was about this time Dad built tractor #4 which would be his last. Well Dad wanted to move his shop to the new land so we sold this house and built a bigger one right in the middle of the property, up a 300 foot driveway. Dad built a block shop building about 30’ square then later an addition of about 24 x 30’. He ran his shop there until he retired in 1966 . Dad built a ton of custom woodworking machinery for cabinet shops and industry. We also built almost continuely special machinery for the luggage industry which was huge in Kansas City. I bought him out and ran the shop there until 1969 when I built a new 4000 sq..ft building in Muncie, Ks. Times were changing fast in the seventies, plastic was replacing wood and the luggage business was being crushed by foreign makers. I decided that a custom machine shop was not what I really wanted so a long journey unfolded getting me to Sun Guard tractor canopies in 1986.

Back to the tractor, the implements consisted of a gang of three golf course reel mowers for the lawn, a single plow, a disc. A harrow, a buck rake, a converted horse drawn sickle mower for the hay, a belly blade, cultivator and a whirling blade (exposed) down by the right side front tire. I sometimes wonder how I survived my childhood. We didn’t put up hay the sissy way (alfafa 4 & 5 cuttings a year, We mowed it, raked it with a buck dump rake and hauled it to a hay stack where we walked it down as we stacked it up. We always had a super big garden that I cultivated. Its amazing what a 12HP “Monkeywards” engine and some WW2 war surplus parts could do. The photos are of me about 4 years ago when I found this tractor at my nieces place in Ozark, MO. It was serving now as yard art. I had considered restoring it but got distracted when I decided to revisit the Rhinohide canopy idea which had been brewing for 15years.

TO BE CONCLUDED IN PART 3

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