The Last Tractor My Grandfather Owned - Beet Harvest Then and Now
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Preserving The Past For The Future
This Case was in the family off and on beginning in
1942.  Stan's grandpa, Christian, bought this 1941
Case to assist his sons with working the farm.

It would be the last tractor Christian purchased as he
passed away in 1943.  His sons would continue using
the VC and CC Case tractors - The VC used mostly for
seed bed preparation and cultivating.  Stan's father,
Fred, said it pulled what four horses would pull except
the tractor would pull all day long, where the horses
couldn't.

In about 1958, the tractor was slowly retired and
replaced by late model John Deere B's, being used
only for cultivating beets and cutting pinto beans.  Stan
remembers his father using the tractor to cultivate
sugar beets as a boy back at Gill, Colorado.

In the 1970's Christian's sons sold out of farming and
the tractor was purchased at auction by a local
implement dealer who kept it in his collection for a
decade.

Stan relocated the tractor and after several attempts,
convinced the implement dealer to sell the tractor
back.  The reason Stan knew it was the family tractor is
because his older brother, Gary, scratched Fred and
Gary's name, address, and phone number on the side
of the panel of the grille.  Those scratches remained all
those years.

Stan rebuilt the motor, transmission, and rear-end.  
Fred would then retire from farming and once again,
the tractor was sold so that Stan could purchase his
own farm equipment to continue with farming on his
own.  

This time, Stan knew who purchased the tractor at
auction.  When the tractor came back up through an
estate auction several years later. Stan bought it back
because of its sentimental value as the last tractor his
grandpa bought.

Today, our nephew, Landon who works with Stan
restoring antique tractors, and our daughter, Jaclyn
knows the story of the Family Case and will eventually
get to decide who gets to keep the tractor.
Left to right, Landon, Jackie, Stan, and Fred
2009
1945 Sugar Beet Harvest
2005 Sugar Beet Harvest
Pictured above from left to right, Landon, Jackie, Stan, Fred
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In 2013 We Restored The Family Case