John M. Mitchell shares photos of a Centaur tractor his father bought new in 1938.
Right: Jim Mitchell and his Centaur after he equipped it with a “running board” mounted on the outside of each rear fender where someone could ride to provide ballast on the uphill side. Note the fancy striping on the Centaur rear fender.
Left: “Four men and a tractor!” The photo shows 5-year-old John Mitchell sitting on the left rear fender with his two older brothers on the tractor seat, while his father, Jim, sits on the left front tire.
Right: Jim Mitchell’s final solution to the roll-over problem: the dual-wheeled Centaur tractor, hitched to a disc harrow in 1941 or ’42.