Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pictures from the past...

Spring 1980 - "The Fleet" which consisted of a John Deere 4630, 4320, & 4840 with triples which worked ground ahead of the planter. Also, if you enlarge the picture and look towards the cab of the tractor on the right you will see a little guy in a red sweatshirt waving at the camera - that would be me. I always seemed to find a way to be at the farm no matter what was going on.

Uncle Bob moldboard plowing on the Gooden Farm.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New machinery....

This is a picture of my Grandfather's (E.Y. Johnson) first brand new combine. It was a Masey 410 purchased from S&J Equipment in Prentice, which is now Beard Implement. Cira 1968. This picture was taken on one of the first days of harvest that year. This was an usually late harvest for us that year, as we did not start until mid November.

This picture is of my dad's first grain truck; a 1964 GMC.

The picture on the right is before he repainted it and the left is the finished product in 1981.

This week Dad & I had an opportunity to travel to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Farm Machinery Show. It took us over two whole days to cover the 25 plus acres of exhibits under the Kentucky Fairgrounds Exposition roof.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


One of the first Oliver combines sold in our area by Adkins Implement Company, Prentice, Illinois. This machine had a 10' soybean platform; picture taken sometime between 1945 & 1950. This was owned by John Thomas "Tommy" Adkins. Notice the lack of safety shields and the very thin stand of soybeans...

This picture was taken the same day as the picture above. An Oliver 70 tractor with an 8' platform on the combine with a canvas "draper" type conveyor. This was owned by neighbor Fred Hoagland and driven by Harold "Buck" Hoagland in this picture.