Letters to the Editor

Old iron hobby helps heal broken hearts

| December 2006

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My husband, Kenneth, and I restored this 1941 Farmall A (top photo). This tractor is the symbol of survival for us in the wake of the death of our boys.

It all started when my uncle, F.L. Stein (Uncle Pete), bought the tractor and taught me how to drive when I was 7 years old. It was the "4-wheeler" of our times. My brother and I loved to take turns with Uncle Pete every afternoon. Before Pete died in January 2004, he gave the tractor to me to restore. We finished restoring it in September 2004. That was the start of the healing process for us, as we earlier lost both of our sons: Jeffrey in January 2000, and Cody in February 2004.

Kenneth now has a 1938 Allis-Chalmers B tractor. He bought it in November 2005 to restore. The healing process continues with this tractor. We have been many miles showing off our tractors. We know that Uncle Pete, Jeffrey and Cody are with us all the way. We have won many honors and met many wonderful people along the way. We hope to see many of our new friends down the road at antique tractor shows in the future.

We just bought a 1946 Farmall B to add to our collection. We now know restoring antique tractor will help heal our broken hearts.

- Clara Ricks
P.O. Box 478
La Coste, TX 78039-0478
(830) 985-3766