The Story Of A Sentimental Garden Tractor

| September/October 1986

  • Grand Haven garden tractor

  • Grand Haven garden tractor
    Grand Haven garden tractor Model BC #269 owned by Earl W. Hilsinger, Box 109, Phoenix, NY 13135.

  • Grand Haven garden tractor
  • Grand Haven garden tractor

Box 109, Phoenix, NY 13135

Grand Haven garden tractor #269 is a BC model, probably made in 1946. According to company records the BC was manufactured between 1946 and 1948. From 1948 to 1955, a CC model was made. The BC was powered by a Briggs &. Stratton 22 engine while the CC had an AEH Wisconsin. The tractors were sold through Allis Chalmers, Ford and Farmall dealers, and probably no more than a total of 1,000 were made.

It was in the late spring of 1982 when my neighbor, Mark Stockham, came over for a visit. At the time, I was working on an old engine, which is a hobby that doesn't interest Mark.

He said to me, 'Would you be interested in an old garden tractor? This old tractor belongs to my aunt, who is a widow in Syracuse. She is going to be selling it soon.'

Mark explained what it looked like, but it didn't make sense to me. He stated that it had two large chain drive wheels on the back of it, which led me to believe it was a homemade tractor.

'Sure, I'd like to have a look at it,' I said. 'You never know what one will find in other people's back yards. I never pass up an opportunity to look, anyway.' I stopped working on my project and cleaned up a bit, while Mark called his aunt to tell her we were on our way to see her.


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