Much Interest Shown in School Tractors

| December/January 1992

This brief account is reprinted from The Vermont Pioneer, the newspaper of the Vermont School of Agriculture, issue dated June 17, 1921. The article was submitted by Larry B. Clark, R.D. 2, Box 920, Middlebury, Vermont 05753, whose father was a member of the Class of 1922 at the school.

Considerable interest has been shown recently in the actual working of tractors at Vermont School of Agriculture, as many of the boys had never seen one in operation. There was considerable excitement when the 8-16 IHC arrived. This tractor was loaned for demonstration purposes. It was immediately put into action harrowing. The boys all having a chance to drive it.

Tuesday, a Fordson was sent here. It arrived at about fifteen miles an hour, which is rather fast for a tractor. They hitched on to some harrows that had been brought here to try out and surprised many of the onlookers with the speed which it would harrow.

Naturally many of the boys took sides trying to argue which was the best, so after supper the two tractors were lined up with a chain hitched to each tractor. When the signal was given both tractors started only to stop and dig holes anywhere from 8-18 inches deep. The IHC had a little advantage as its wheels were about six inches wider than the other, thus giving more traction surface, but for all this the two were pretty evenly matched. The next day the Fordson was hitched on to the manure spreader, where it proved very efficient, as it does not take long to return to the barn.