I started receiving Farm Collector about four issues back. I look forward to every issue. They bring back memories of a time when things didn't move quite so fast and people helped each other. I was too young to help, but I remember the threshing on the farm. My father started combining in 1952. I was born in 1944 and grew up in Ohio, until my family moved to eastern Kentucky when I was about 17. I remember farming with horses and mules for a year or two. Then I joined the Navy.
After I got out of the Navy in the 1970s, I worked in construction. One winter when I was laid off, I bought a team of horses. The next spring, I plowed and planted about 15 acres of corn with them along a state highway. I have no idea where my photo ended up … I would look up, a car would be stopped, and somebody would be standing there with a camera.
The article on Silver King tractors (Farm Collector, November 2005) really came home to me. I lived near Plymouth, Ohio, until my parents returned to Kentucky. In the early 1940s my father was employed at Fate-Root-Heath, and my brother got his first job there, from 1951 until 1955.
- Walter Vanover
2273 State Ferry Road
Solsberry, IN 47459