More Descendants of the 'Doodle Bug'


| July/August 1997



Tractor

3931 SE 80th Street Ocala, Florida 34480

I was born at grandfather J. T. place at the intersection of Millionaire Road and Starvation Alley. The farms on Starvation Alley were not known to be the most productive, but on Millionaire Road several of the farms had oil and gas wells. This made the farming more lucrative.

However, not long after I was born, Dad and Mom took me home to the farm on Sand Ridge. I grew up and lived there until I was twenty years old. Then I began to travel the world in my Uncle's Navy. My Uncle thought I looked like an electrician, so I was one for four years.

But, in '46 I came back to the farm. You have heard, of course, that you can take the boy out of the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the boy. Stirring the soil gets in the blood.

Well, I tried to do custom work and to farm also. I made a living but not much money. My Uncle Paul said that the clay land that I was farming did have one good point. He said that when I was through plowing at the end of the day, if it looked like rain I could just hook on the end of the furrows and drag them into the barn, because they had not broken all day. .

As I explained in a previous article about descendants of the 'Doodle Bug,' I sold the farm in Ohio and moved to South Florida. There I began to design and build equipment for agriculture and light industry. Among other things, during the '60s and 70s I built several different types of trenching machines. See, I'm back to stirring the soil again.