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Combines & Harvesters Discussion Forum

More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's

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masseypride

02-21-2012 00:08:43
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The first photo was in Texas. My grandfather always said you never take a job in Texas until you look at every field. He said that some of the fields might just covered with weeds. Luckly, someone else had to cut this other field with weeks 6 feet tall.

The second photo was in Dakota's, My grandpa was being harassed by a eight year old paper boy. Who would just not take "no" for a answer. My granddad who some might consider a little on the "tight" side, told the little boy" he could not read and therefore had no reason to purchase his newspaper he was selling. The boy replyed "O'Hell half of his customers could not read either. But "for a dime you can purchase one and put under your arm just like all the other who could read, nobody would ever know". he said. Granddad was amazed at the savy salesman at such a young age. My granddad told him he would give a quarter to take this photo (i.e. get lost) but he was not going to buy his "damn newspaper". So here is that photo. This boy and Granddad would visit every year about the first time they ever meet for next fourty years. One of little stories that sticks in your head.

The fourth photo was a normal lunch shutdown. They would share whatever was placed in the pail because sometimes there would be more or less depending on the day. Absolutely no one complained about the meals because if you did they others would just eat your share. Granddad is one about to drink the soup. Soup and a sandwich followed by a jug of water.

The fifth photo is grandpa installing a new bomber tire for one of the combines. I recently bought two of these tires and tubes thru a "old school tire dealer in Kansas City" who purchased them at a air show in Florida ten years ago. I had to go to about ten tire dealers before anyone would even consider mounting them. The tire dealer used a county front end loader to position right over the top of tire when airing the tire up. Of course, for the record they never ever, ever would they consider attempting to air up these tires. Damn insurance companies.

The next two photo's are of MH27 loaded on trailers my Grandpa built so he did n't had to carry the combines in the trucks anymore. Notice the hoods all being raised slightly. The poor old ford would not go very far before they would just boil over and everyone would have to stop and let them cool over. In fairness to the trucks, those trailers could have hauled tanks for the miltary. Over the years, we just added and added to the orginal trailer.

The next photo's shows a young man and his sister with the trucks. The boy is Merle Jones who sadly was killed fighting in Vietnam and his sister Sandra Kay Jones (my mother) who died in 1994. Grandpa always talked about having to leave someone with the fuel truck night and day as fuel would disappear if left alone.

The last photo was a the very first custom harvesters meeting ever to take place. Way before the USCHI association. My granddad is on the right side of the photo. The third man standing from the left in the front row of standing men. Directly below first guys right arm in the back row from the left. He was the only Jones to attend this meeting.

Masseypride

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1206SWMO

02-22-2012 14:55:14
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
Loved all the pictures...Thanks..What was the last year your Grandpa did custom harvesting and was he still running Masseys..



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masseypride

02-22-2012 22:05:33
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to 1206SWMO, 02-22-2012 14:55:14  
My grandparents quit custom harvesting in 1980. Thirthy-six years custom harvesting using first Massey Harris and then Massey Ferguson Combines. Add the first three years wit the Case Pull Type for a grand total of 39 Years. They finished with 1979 MF 750 combines. They traded two for one for a new 1980 MF 750 at the end of that years harvest. I used that machine until I bought a 1987 MF 8590 Combine. Which was traded on my current 1998 MF 8780 Combine.

I try to custom harvest around 1,000 acres a year locally along with my crops. Some years that gets done and some I don't just depends on the price of the crops and quality of them. Granddad usually ran the machines for two years the traded them off. They would get around 750 hours per year so they would be traded off at approx. 1,500 hours.

You asked earlier about how long they ran the 21 combines. Granddad did run two of the MH 21 combines until 1951 when he bought all new 27's. I know that one year the had one brand new 27 with the 21 combines. The 21A that I have is almost completely shot. Those poor combines would of cut 2,000 acres per year for 7 years. It's a wonder they lasted that long. The 21 machines were converted to auger headers in late 1949 or 1950.

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Ben in KS

02-22-2012 13:03:07
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
Thought so. I'm from Lincoln. My grandfather and uncle used MH27's 10 miles or so south of town. I remember them running for a harvest or two, they later switched to Gleaners.



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MLD

02-22-2012 07:04:55
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
Makes you want to go back & relive those days, even if it was tough work. Would be funny to mention the internet to one of those guys, then see how hard you got laughed at.



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Ben in KS

02-21-2012 19:36:34
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
Enjoyed the pictures! What part of the country are you from? Some of your family names sound familiar.



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masseypride

02-21-2012 19:50:52
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to Ben in KS, 02-21-2012 19:36:34  
The Jones are from Barnard, Kansas. Most of the Jones family still live in these general area of north Central Kansas. My grandfather moved down by Beverly, Kansas in 1951.



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masseypride

02-21-2012 19:10:23
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
I guess this photo did not post last night. I'll get it right tonight.



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masseypride

02-21-2012 19:12:28
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 19:10:23  

One more try.



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Dick2

02-21-2012 14:17:06
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
One of our Cockshutts had bomber slicks on it; it rode much better than the other one with dual treaded tires. Never had to take one of the bomber tires off the wheel though.



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jr55

02-21-2012 13:40:30
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
very nice, i'd like to see any pics you have and stories. i grew up driving a 33 and when i was 9 years old my father let me drive the 80 combine all by myself



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Fixerupper

02-21-2012 12:34:22
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
I really enjoy the old harvest pics. Can you find a few more to post?

The newer trucks overheat hauling combines too. The combine and truck are bigger and it goes faster but overheating hasn't completely faded from the scene. Jim



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Ande

02-21-2012 06:43:52
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
Masseypride,I can only say I really enjoyed the pictures and the stories behind them.The little paperboy,and his message was great!Wonder what he ended up doing in life.I could almost taste the lunch,most of those lunches then were the best.
Thanks for sharing your family and life with all of us



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700man

02-21-2012 05:06:16
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
Any idea what they got for combining and trucking for rates?Very interesting photos.



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masseypride

02-21-2012 05:57:55
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to 700man, 02-21-2012 05:06:16  
five dollars per acre and 5 cents a bushel either hauled to elevator, place in a bin, our loaded on rail. No charge for dumping it on the ground because he knew it would cost them some money to get their crop of the ground. The larger crew receved and little more most charged three dollars and acre.

Masseypride



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rkc9700

02-21-2012 04:33:13
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 Re: More Massey-Harris Harvest Photo's in reply to masseypride, 02-21-2012 00:08:43  
awesome pictures, what a change from what we know today.



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