Dad's pick for a tractor
was a Farmal. In this picture there is a wheel on the left without showing
the tractor. These were the wheels of Dad's tractor. The old tractor did
not have rubber tires but, instead, had lugs like this wheel. The sharp
pointed lugs were what was needed for the gumbo soil at the ranch. There
was no sticking these tractors up in the mud.
Junior Hurlburt has now
restored a 1942 Case baler that requires 2 people to sit on the back and
This was the kind of baler
we used at the ranch. My Dad and I would sit and tie. Mother drove the
tractor to pull the baler while she held my brother Mike. He was two and I
was four. For anyone who charged that oil money supported the ranch let
them read this.
One would punch them
through the hay and the one on the other side would slip a piece of baling
wire through the hoop for the tie. Sometimes, I at four years old did not
catch all the hoops. They would go by too fast. Dad was continually
encouraging me, "Don't worry about it." "Let them go on."
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