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Plowing with Fordsons tractor

Dale Turninck leads Dan Zilm and Adam Bosch plowing with their 1918 Fordsons.

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To prove that Fordson tractors are still working machines, a group of friends got together Nov. 9, 2002, at the Dale Turuinck farm north of Worthington, Minn., to perform some fieldwork. The goal was to have three 1918 Fordson tractors plowing at the same time.

Dale, Dan Zilm and Adam Bosch each brought a 1918 Fordson, and Dan also brought his Nichols & Shepard Fordson-mounted corn picker. The wet, black ground was covered with a blanket of snow, and it gave the tractors a good work out. We started plowing in the morning, switching to picking corn in the afternoon.

The idea for the event was Dan's, who wanted to see the Fordsons plowing together and see his corn picker in action in the area of its origin. Sadly, two weeks later Dan lost his battle with cancer and passed away. It seemed he was holding out just for this event. I'm certain everyone present that day will remember it for many years to come.

Contact engine enthusiast Adam Bosch at: 317 N. 6th St., Kandiyohi, WIN 56251-0077.