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Dale\'s Ole B

Dale's Ole B
My Grandpa had a B since 1939 when he bought it new. My dad told me they traded 4 big horses for it and when the ole boy went to load the horses on the truck he coldnt get em to go up the ramp. So he threw a coat over the lead horses head an they still wouldnt go up the ramp. But when I was a young boy the only thing I liked more than guns was that ole tractor. Then in 1970 my granpa died and they sold it at the auction. I never understood why. At 13 grandma told me I couldnt have it. As the years rolled by I sorta had become bitter about the whole thing but thats life. Anyone that knew me had heard the story about the tractor. It had with it the best memories that I could come up with. Three years ago my dad died of a brain tumor and one day I was there in the trailor where him and mom lived and thought I, d ask him about it. He was bed-ridden by then and no longer thinking too clearly. So I told him I sure would like to get my hands on the ole tractor. He looked over at me with a hazy grin and said we, d have a hell of a time gettin it in the trailer. The stories he had so vividly shared years before were gone and I knew it. A way of life was gone, shuckin corn, the old men sitting outside the barber shop in bibs, knowin everyones name in your hometown. Then three and a half years after Dad passed on I had about 15 people out for a cook out with homeade ice-cream. And as I was running in and out trying to talk to everyone who came out and still get the cookin on the grill ready, it happened. As I glanced at my phone I noticed the voice mailbox sign . So immediatly picked up and played it back. This was on the 4th. of July this year. It was the fellows son that bought the tractor at the auction in 1970. They were going to sell Dales Ole B, was I still interested. His wifes Granpa and my Grandpa were brothers and although theyd had several locals wanting to buy it they wanted to keep it in the family. Its sitin outside my garage tonite was stored in a shed all these years and I think the reason its in such good shape is the shed was open in the front without a door. So it stayed dry. Were looking forward to a hayrack ride this fall if my contracting business does any good and we can put new tires and one back rim, which I found out the rubber were add-ons. It came out on steel. Im one happy fellow OWNING Grandpas ole B. THanks for bearin with me and just had to tell this one!

Mark Gardner, from Il, entered 2001-08-19

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