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(11/4/2013 2:59:26 PM)
RE:Massey plows (ploughs)
You plowed at Big Rock in what I think may have been the golden age for M-H there. The local M-H dealer, Thomas and Swickert, or, depending on the year, possibly Thomas and Carlson from Batavia, "sponsored" several classes and offered prizes like wrist watches and such for winners. I believe they also provided dinner for their customers who entered with M-H tractors and equipment. They always had a large display of M-H equipment and there was great rivalry with the Case dealer from Yorkville. The M-H dealer technicians were nearby, dressed in their white coveralls to engage the crowds and provide commentary about the M-H equipment in use. Quite a show!
I have some old 8mm home movie film of the 1949 and 1950 matches, taken by the dealer. Hoping to get it put together on DVD some day to share.
The match in Plainfield was most likely the Wheatland Plowing Match. It was started in 1876 and held fairly regularly until 1976. I will contact you off-line to get some additional information and compare notes.
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