How Did This Happen?

| June/July 2000

6232 Quitman Highway, Quitman, Louisiana 71268

It all started with a trip through Arkansas. I saw an old hay baler at an antique and junk store. We stopped, but found out that it was not for sale. That got me started.

When we returned home from church the next Sunday, my sons and I were talking about that baler. I said I knew where one was, not too far away. My son offered to go along with me to look at it, so we went. I had seen it about 15 years earlier in a pasture with some weeds and briers grown up around it. (I have enclosed a picture for you to see it.) When we drove up, I thought it was gone. There was a man there who said he rented the property, but didn't know about any baler. I asked him if it was okay for us to go look, and he said yes. We were about ten feet away from it before we saw it. I immediately got excited. It even had a motor on it!

I didn't know at the time that it was a 3-5 HP L B International Harvester. The serial number on the baler is CC 28T. The renter took us to the land owner. We talked with him three hours or so before we convinced him to sell it.

We returned the next Saturday armed with axes, saws, weed-hooks, truck, trailer and plenty of help. It took us about 2? hours to get the baler chopped free of a tree, sawed and hooked out of its cover and loaded on the trailer. When we got it home and unloaded it, my wife wasn't nearly so impressed as I was. I couldn't understand why!

Two of my sons helped. It took us about a week to get the tree out of the gears. It had only cracked one bull gear in one spot. I got it welded up and we scraped, wire-brushed and sandblasted, then we got it cleaned up, painted and reassembled. I painted the whole thing two more times. I think it turned out okay. At least I am proud of it.