Author: Retter Hofbesitzer / Labels: ,

In 1948, Nettie received a small inheritance from the estate of a half-brother. She used the inheritance to buy Russell an anniversary gift - a 1948 Ford 8N tractor. The tractor was used extensively on the farm for several decades then fell into disrepair into the 1990's. In 2003, grandson Dennis had the tractor completely remanufatured to factory specs. The tractor resides happily at the farm more than 60 years after its initial purchase.

We know the first tractor on the farm was a Fordson steel-wheeled tractor.  No pictures or evidence of that tractor remains, but implements remain that were originally horse-drawn and converted to be pulled by tractors.  The Fordson may have looked like this one pictured at the Henry Ford Museum.