THE FROZEN HART-PARR


| March/April 1977



Hart-Parr tractor

Dave Preuhs and his Hart-Parr '30' as he finally got it home to his place and is preparing to put it in his shop.

Route 1, Box 139, LeCenter, Minnesota 56057

I recently purchased a Hart-Parr tractor from Del Stroupe of Burlington, Wisconsin and at the time, he wasn't just too sure what model it was. He said it was a two cylinder crossmount with a honeycomb radiator. So, sight unseen, I paid some money down on it with the understanding that when I laid eyes on it and I wasn't satisfied with it, the down payment would be refunded.

The tractor was located at Mr. Stroupe's summer home at Eagle River, Wisconsin in northeastern Wisconsin. So, Wednesday, December 1, my neighbor, Glen Brown and myself started out for Eagle River, which is about 280 miles northeast of here. We loaded my farm truck down with planks for loading blocks, winch, handy man jack, a couple of tools and a hay bucker, which I was to deliver to Tony Prock of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. We left at 5:00 in the morning and it was cold-about 5° below zero. The first stop on our way was at the home of Tony Prock to deliver the bucker he had bought from me. Tony lives north of Rice Lake, Wisconsin and puts on the Hungry Hollow Threshing Show each year. To our dismay, Tony had just left for Minnesota to attend an auction (maybe we should have turned around and followed him back-he probably found some good buys). So we dropped off the bucker and with Tony's wife's permission looked over his collection of antique tractors and machinery and then resumed our journey.

On the way, we slowed up several times to look at an old tractor or car sitting in someone's yard or grove of trees. We had to keep going because we were supposed to be in Eagle River around 1:00 to meet the caretaker of Mr. Stroupe's summer home, so he could show us where the tractor was.

As we were going by this one town we noticed a huge junk yard along the highway. Glen said let's stop and check it out. So we did, and sure enough, back in the corner were sitting two old John Deere tractors. Glen was looking for a block that was the same as one of the tractors there. We inquired how much it would cost and the man said 5cent per pound, but we had to take it off ourselves. Another fellow who worked there helped us by lifting the tractor with a wrecker so we could get at all the bolts easier. It was bitter cold-the temperature had risen all the way to 0 and it was beginning to snow now. We finally departed there about 3:00 and had an hours drive ahead of us yet to Eagle River.

We pulled into town about 4:00 and looked up the caretaker. He then led us a short distance out of town through the tall pine trees to a small driveway. He said we had to back into the driveway because there was no room to turn around with the truck because of the trees. The driveway was about 200 yards long and very narrow, but we made it without knocking off any truck mirrors. There it was-sitting beneath the snow covered pines, covered with a snowmobile cover. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground and more coming down. The tractor turned out to be a Hart-Parr '30' serial #17892, a 1920 model. Mr. Stroupe had started to restore it. He had one coat of paint on it and he did have it running in the summer. After admiring it for a short while we decided to get loading because it was getting dark. I backed the truck up to the tractor, raised the hoist and put the planks in position.