Boyhood Memories

| November/December 1992

P.O. Box 6 Wilmington, Vermont 05363

The pictures and articles in the April issue of GEM of the Buckeye digger or tiling machine, bring back memories from my boyhood.

In 1929, when I was four years old, my family moved to the U.S. Morgan Horse Farm at Weybridge, Vermont, where my father worked as a horse trainer. The farm had been donated to the government by the late Colonel Battel, with the stipulation that Morgan horses be propagated there.

Colonel Battel was a man of considerable wealth, and a large property owner in Addison County, Vermont, in the late 1800s. Most of his property was given to Middlebury College at Mid-dlebury, Vermont.

The farm was known locally as 'The Government Farm,' and officially as a U.S. Department of Agriculture Experiment Station. In addition to the Morgan horses, the farm raised a herd of milking shorthorn cattle, and a mixed breed flock of sheep.

Farm work was done with two or three teams of draft horses and a 10-20 McCormick Deering tractor. This was probably the first tractor that I had ever seen.