When I had the other home I had two reel self-propelled mowers. All my neighbors had riding rotary mowers. One Spring we had a lot of rain and the grass grew like crazy. We mowed ours in our bare feet. We would walk off to the side. Our neighbor couldn't ride his mower so he walked along side of the riding mower.
We bought a lot of items from Wards. I still have one of their garden tractors made in 1971 that I bought new. They also sold a Wards small farm tractor called the Twin-Row. I never saw a riding reel from Wards. You should post a picture of it. Hal