‘Tired Iron Troubador’ Rt 3, Box390 Bagley,
Minnesota 5662 J
(Dedicated to the people who have owned and appreciated
Attis-Chalmers tractors, especially the ‘WC’.)
More than fifty years ago, there did appear upon the scene; A
brand new streamlined tractor, ‘ twas no ordinary machine! With
governor so lightening fast, ’twas peppy as could be; Need I
tell you any more-It was the Allis ‘WC’!
From the hottest days of Summer to the Winter’s freezing
cold; The ‘WC would always start, a wonder to behold! Out in
the field or on the belt, at any task put to; Across the rural
countryside, its legend grew and grew!
It could plow and plant and cultivate and do the job up fast;
Cut the hay and harvest grain when Autumn came at last; You could
also take and hitch it to a heavy trailer load; And go ten miles an
hour with it down a country road!
Have you ever wondered how the orange color came to be- Used on
every Allis tractor and their farm machinery? Harry Merritt* one
day long ago, while traveling through the West; Saw acres of wild
poppies and their color he liked best!
The competitors said that Merritt would soon regret the day;
That his gaudy, garish color would drive customers away; But the
A-C line soon quickly grew in popularity; And the Persian Orange
color helped it gain that place you see!
In my Allis-Chalmers memories, which I recall so well; My
experiences with ‘WC’s’, I’ve many a tale to tell!
It was more than thirty years ago, the first one came my way; And
there’re orange colored tractors on my farm this very day!
Tractors, power units, crawlers, and the great all-crop combine;
And other farm machinery helped make up the A-C line! But of all
the Allis tractors built, I’m sure you will agree; There will
never be another one just like the ‘WC’!
(*Harry Merritt was the dynamic A-C Tractor Department
Manager at that time.)