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Township Roads-This old tractor


Mon, Oct 21st, 2002
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A tractor followed me home a couple weekends ago. It wasnt exactly a stray. It was a tractor that I had known for a long time.

The tractor that rode on the trailer behind my pickup was a Farmall H. My dad bought it new back in 1950 and, as circumstances would have it, Ive ended up with it for about the same price as he paid for it some fifty-two years ago. The old-timers would say that is "keeping your money together" when it comes to a machine, especially when considering how much work that tractor has done over the years.

This old tractor was the first tractor that I ever remember driving and that would likely have been true for my three brothers as well. There are very early home movies of a tractor parade showing us boys driving the tractor fleet slowly around the yard. The other tractors are long gone, traded off for newer models, but the H survived every cut.

The H is the tractor I drove for the first time when I was about five years old. My brothers were in school so my dad put me on the seat to steer. He put the H in gear and got it moving very slowly. He went back to stand on the hayrack as he threw cornstalks from the wagon to the sows in the pasture. A cornstalk caught Dads glasses and tossed them to the ground. Dad yelled and somehow I managed to reach the clutch and brake to stop. Dad is almost blind without his glasses, but he managed to find them just inches in front of a wagon tire. I was the hero of the day, or at least I felt like it.

Later memories of the H are not so fond. When I was old enough I was drafted into cultivating. Cultivating could be nerve racking until you got the routine established.

Once you got it down, cultivating was just downright boring. It also created a lot of tension in the back, neck and arm muscles. After one long day cultivating in the hot sun, I remember that it was all I could do to get the H back home. I parked under the big maple tree in the back yard, switched the engine off, and fell on my back into the cool grass. I was tired and my shoulders and eyes ached from the strain. My dad walked by and looked at me as if I was trying to convince him I had been out in the field with a hoe instead of a tractor. He didnt say a word. I got the message and eventually recovered enough to get up to get my chores done.

As the H got on in years, its work got heavier instead of lighter. .....
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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I just looked up the word "cooperation" and this is what it said, "a joint action or undertaking," and that it was for us out at Big Spring on our Chicken Dinner on Sept 29th. Everybody knows we all have to work together as our membership is getting ..... 
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Journal Writing Project

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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Over 1000 years ago, on a cold, windy day (all days are cold and windy on the North Atlantic) a lone wooden ship landed on the coast of North America, probably somewhere on Newfoundland. The men who disembarked were expert sailors and explorers led b ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things- The Journal's Birthday

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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Overheard at Wheelers Bar & Grill in Harmony a few weeks ago:  Two older men are having lunch. One of the men asks another man who has just come into the restaurant what he has been doing all morning.  [Read the Rest]

Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Today my column is dedicated to the gentle man whose body was found Saturday evening Sept. 21st in a ditch just north or Prosper. Isn't it terrible we wait till someone is dead before we can say something good about them. Kris Olson director of Sunri ..... 
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The Commute

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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When I was a child, we had portraits in our home of the Pope, former president John F. Kennedy, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins. So it should be no surprise that I hold baseball players in high esteem.

Th ..... 
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Township Roads

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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I have noticed that a lot of people I know are married. My wife and I are married. Her parents are married. So are mine. Most of our aunts and uncles are married. Most of our friends are married. People we know who were married quite a while ago and ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Just about everyone knows what Columbus did in 1492, but almost no one knows what Heathcliff Hammarschlagg did in the year 845. What he did was, he discovered America is what he did. Both North and South and with only one ship, the Torsk, Heathcliff ..... 
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At Home in the Woods

Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
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It's a relief that 9/11 has come and gone with no additional terrorist attacks. But, it seems that there is still a lot to worry about--impending war with Iraq, more attacks, West Nile and other exotic viruses, the lagging economy and climate change. ..... 
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