Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assoc. Inc.

| July/August 1990

Vice President R.R.#2, Box143 Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

From the national vice-president I would like to say a big hello to all members and collector friends everywhere!

First I thought you may like to know a little about me. I am just an old thresher and farm boy that never got it out of his system.

I started out the oldest son of Homer and Nora Seuser, just about 4 miles northeast of Higginsville, Missouri. You could stand in the center of our farm and see all four corners of the black Marshall silt loam ground. Black down to the bottom of a post hole.

I started out a little slow. I had diptheria, measles and rheumatic fever all at the same time. Kinda took my legs out a bit, but after about 30 treatments it was up to me to get going again. Then we lost our mother when I was five years old and I went to live with our grandparents who were farmers also. Grandad farmed with horses. At home we had horses, mules and a 16 x 30 Hart Parr-tractor. It was used with a Yellow Fellow Avery separator and we had an Admiral baler and Roderick disc. We had two good sized fields of alfalfa which we cut four and sometimes five times a season. We usually had a couple hundred hogs to feed and a carload of cattle. We milked around a dozen cows, Wisconsin Holsteins. We ground feed for the hogs and milk cows. When we used the old Hart Parr and 24' Fairbanks mill, we would grind a sideboard load of corn in about 20 minutes.

Well I'd better shut up and get back to work on my stock pile of junk.