| November/December 1968

R. D. 2 Wauchula, Florida 33873

I will tell you my age so you will know the time I lived in and most remember. I was born in 1915 on a dairy farm near Randolph, N.Y. (Cattaraugus County). I am the oldest of ten children which are all living. After 1927 we moved from one large farm to another. My parents made their last move in 1939 to a large farm in Mayville, N.Y., which one brother still owns.

I remember very plainly my Uncle Nickerson, who had the dealership for the Advance Rumley Company from 1920 to 1929, sold a neighbor John Grover a new oil pull tractor. It was in 1921 or 1922 and a 12-20. Mr. Grover died soon after that so my uncle took it back. This was my first sight of a Rumley.

In 1924 my Uncle Charlie and a over all agent by the name of Jack Helna (I am not sure about the spelling of the last name) sold my dad a new thrashing machine. It was a 22 X 36 the last wooden machine the company built. It had a self feeder, weigher, and wind stacker. This machine cost about $1,350.00 (A lot of money those days.). Mr. Helna was from Rochester, N.Y.

Dad also bought a 10-20 Titan tractor from a Mr. Leo Harkness to run the thrasher.

It was sure some sight when the thrasher and two tractors which Uncle Charlie had sold came in on a railroad car. Half of the village turned out to see them unload them.


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