Horses to Tractors: Remembering the Final Days of Horse Farming

Larry Scheckel reminisces about his family's adaptation to mechanical farm equipment, and their final days of traditional horse farming.

Massey-Harris tractor
Alvin Scheckel's first new tractor was a Massey-Harris 44 like this nicely restored model seen at a tractor show. "I was 10 years old when I first drove the Massey-Harris 44," Larry Scheckel recalls. "My feet could reach the clutch and brakes if I scooted far forward on the seat. It was the definitive rite of passage for a farm boy."
Photo courtesy Larry Scheckel