-for 35 years he owned Old Allis and it was almost 4 years ago I bought her from him. This man was my high school teacher who taught me some really cool things. He was a kind man with a lot of patience and very wise mechanically. I wouldn’t say I was close to him but he was one of the teachers I enjoyed having classes with. He was well liked in the small town I went to school in and was well liked.
When I bought Old Allis I didn’t know he was the one selling her until I showed up to look at her. Old Allis was owned by the family of a teacher who was my High School Government and history teacher and it was about 8 miles from where I grew up where old Allis toiled. Old Allis went back to her original farm and then to a show just around the block from where my teacher who last owned her lived. He saw her and was happy to see what she looked like. The last thing he ever told me was “I am glad you ended up with her, I wanted her to go to someone who would take care of her.” That made me feel good. Well, last month at the age of 89 he died and I felt bad of course but I thought a lot about him before I wrote this.
They don;t make men much better than this man was. He taught me some neat things and he was a smart guy. He grew too old to keep Old Allis where she needed to be and so she got old and needed a lot of work done to her. It happens to every tractor because we get old and can;t take care of them like we should. So, for the second time she was restored and this restoration was easy in many ways for mechanically Old Allis was very sound except for leaky seals and gaskets. That he approved of my job made me feel good. I know it made him feel better that she has a good home and he did his job in preserving her future.
Old Allis now has outlasted her original owners and her second generation of owners. The oldest known survivor is a neighbor who is well over 90 who was there the day she arrived to her original farm sold by the company I later worked for in high school. So, old Allis has outlasted them all and is still working. It is amazing. But, this post is a tribute to the last man who owned her and kept her working and well maintained mechanically. To the original owner a hats off to him for he loved old Allis too. She replaced the horses and today as I listened to my father and another old man talk about the horse farming days it was fascinating. They loved those horses, but they loved the tractors that replaced them too.
So, goodbye to a man who impacted so many lives……. RIP…….. and THANK YOU!
A big Collie salute and a pic of Old Allis who still exists because of him….