'The Fordson at Work,' a booklet published by the Ford Motor Co. over 50 years ago to present testimonials of satisfied users, is now available for modern collectors and restorers.
In 76 pages, with many pictures, the company reprinted letters of praise from farmers all over the country, telling of the many ways in which their Fordson tractors had proved valuable.
'I have no horses, and do not need them,' wrote F. N. Bruce from Yuba City, Calif. He bought his Fordson in 1919. 'During three and one-half days,' he said, 'I plowed for my neighbor and made $145.00.'
'I plowed and disced 66 acres last August,' wrote Edwin Gumm, of Galesburg, Ill., 'while my neighbor plowed 20 acres with four horses.'
Enthusiastic users included Herbert Jeffers, aged nine, and Rachel Jeffers, twelve, of Lyons, Ind. Herbert plowed 34 acres in 44 hours with a Fordson, and Rachel harvested 20 acres of wheat in a single day.
This booklet is full of home flavor, and it is easily possible that some of the persons whose names are in it are alive and farming today, such as Herbert and Rachel Jeffers.
All sorts of ways to get work out of the Fordson were listed.
On the Vanderbilt Biltmore Estate at Asheville, N.C., it was shown operating a corn husker. It pulled logs to the yard, then operated the sawmill for Enterprise Lumber and Fuel Yard, Auburn, Wash. It helped spray fruit trees in the orchard of A.H. Leonard, Winter Haven, Fla.
One of its most unusual services was pumping water for the city of McRae, Ga. At Wadesboro, N.C., it operated a cotton gin for J.A. Rayfield.
Meant as an advertising piece, the booklet is full of nostalgia and the flavor of Fordson farming in the 1920s. It is available from Stemgas Publishing Co., Box 328, Lancaster, Pa. 17604, at $3.00 a copy plus 25 cents for handling and mailing.