DAD'S HAPPY FARMER


| November/December 1978


Boise, Idaho 83704

This is written in response to a letter from Vince Dailey, Ronan, Montana, published in the May-June 1978 G.E.M.

When I was nine or ten years old, which would be 1920 or 21, we lived on a farm in eastern Kansas near Yates Center. Dad bought a used La Crosse Happy Farmer tractor. It was his third tractor. He had a 27 Hart Parr and a Model L Emerson before that.

One of the interesting features was the final drive gears. They consisted of several segments probably one and one quarter inches thick with rather course teeth. The pinions were rollers on pins between two plates. Dad said they worked fine until he got stuck in mud and then the rollers did not roll and they got a flat side on them and they wore rapidly.

Originally the radiator and fan set crossways, facing the direction of travel. The fan drive was by a round leather belt going around two idler pulleys. The belt was difficult and expensive to maintain. He turned the radiator lengthways and used a straight belt.

The ignition was a K2 Atwater Kent, which had some kind of catch and trip arrangement. It consumed only a small amount of battery current (hot shot or four dry cells). It was hard to keep working, especially in dust.