This 1953 Ferguson TO30 was purchased new by my grandfather, Fred Kanouse, and my father, Wendell, of South Webster, Ohio, for about $1,800. It came with a set of 2-bottom plows and a mowing machine.
The tractor was used on a 172-acre farm. It was a big farm for a relatively small tractor: it was even used to bush hog the pasture fields, without live power. The Ferguson would sometimes get stuck on a stump, and my dad would have to get help from the neighbor and his tractor to pull the tractor off, because it would lock up without live power.
In 1976, dad sold the farm but kept the Ferguson. Then I started using the Ferguson to make some extra money, plowing gardens and bush-hogging. Later, when my wife, Debbie, and I got our own place, I brought the Ferguson home. Our son, Brandon, grew up mowing with the Ferguson. Now restored and painted, after 52 years, the tractor remains in the Kanouse family.
- Ron Kanouse
South Webster, Ohio