Some Old Stuff

Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:25 pm

My Sister found these old photos of my dads first tractor(Fordson). They were taken around 1943 judging from the size of me on his lap. I must have been about three or four. Thought they might be of some interest.




Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:34 pm

Brent: Enjoyed the pictures. Tractors have really changed since 1943 haven't they? Dan

Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:45 pm

That tractor looked to have some age on it even then. Weren't the Fordson's some years earlier than the 40's?

Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:59 pm

Running on steel I see. Where were the pictures taken? Sure it brings back memories.


Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:09 pm

WKPoor wrote:That tractor looked to have some age on it even then. Weren't the Fordson's some years earlier than the 40's?

You can figure it was an old tractor when the picture was taken. Fordsons were built in the US from 1917 through 1928. English production continued into the early fiftys.

Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:38 am

:D I know he bought it used. I know he used it for about five years then sold it to our neighbor. It was still behind his barn when I left New Jersey in 1963. Might still be there! I don't think the paint they used on those old Fordson's was that good. I've never seen one that had any paint left. Pictures were taken on our place in Martinsville, New Jersey had to be around 1943 or 44.

Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:26 am

Nice pictures and a good working example of "old iron". Tough looking tractor.

Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:41 am


I live in Randolph, but I go through Martinsville occasionally on my way to Bound Brook. Let me know where your old neighbor lives, and I'll try to see if it is still there. I'll get a photo of it if it is, and post it here.


Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:53 am

Dad said my Grandpa had a
fordson, and many times he would crank on it until he was exhausted and go back to the house for a cup of coffee and rest a little, then when he came back out it would strt on the first pull of the crank. Dad said he coudn't count the times Grandpa said that if he could afford the dinamite he'd blow it into the next county.

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:28 am


I don't know who lives there now. The neighbor's son and I left for California in 1963. My parents and his parents followed shortly thereafter. I was back there about six years ago. It's so overgrown now you can't even tell it was once farm land. The house is on Fieldstone road. It should be the first road on the left as you go south on Chimney Rock Road towards Bound Brook. Turn left on Fieldstone Road. It will be the second house on the left. I don't know anyone in the old neighborhood anymore, so don't get shot! Come to think of it, If you ask anyone in town if they remember me and they do, you might have a real good chance of getting shot! If it's still there, after sixty one years of added age and the harsh weather, it's probably a pile of rust.