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  • Issue #3 was mailed on June 30 and is the combine special issue. It features the history of grain harvesting and how it related to the Massey Harris Company as well as the high quality color photography that you have come to expect. There is a special section on Australian harvesters, experimental Wallis and Ferguson combines and many other great stories. This is an issue that you won’t want to miss!

  • July marks the release of the first in a series of DVD’s. See the ad and printable order form listed under WHAT’S NEW right here on the website.

  • Issue #2 was released at the end of March and features the Massey Ferguson 1100 Series tractors. There are a few copies of collectable Issue #1 still available. They may be ordered for $10, which includes mailing. New subscribers who order before the end of April will have Issue #2 mailed to them at no extra cost.

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Welcome to Legacy Quarterly , the magazine that four times a year will bring you 68 pages of high quality color photos and great stories. This publication fulfills a lifetime dream of showcasing the Massey Harris Ferguson brand. I hope you enjoy it as much as my small staff enjoys bringing it to you.
Legacy Quarterly News
  • LQ #47 was in the mail the first week of July and there seemed to be no issues with delivery. The first feature article was a little different. It was the story of Sigismund Voss and his devoted service to the Massy-Harris Company in Europe during World War II. It was written by his granddaughter who is a resident of the United Kingdom. Sigi–as he was known to his family–was eventually arrested by the Nazis and killed. Massey-Harris company president, James Duncan, spent great sums of money to try and free him. Company employees in France, risked their lives to spirit his wife out of occupied France. James Duncan played a major role in this tragic affair. We are hoping that we will be able to locate any living relatives of James Duncan.

    The second feature was about museum designer Gerry Hilferty who additionally runs a horse farm and uses Massey Ferguson tractors. Hilferty has planned and built some of the foremost museums and installations in the United States. From the design studio on his Windy Hills Farm, in Athens County, Ohio, Gerry has completed over two-hundred world class museums. They include: Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, MS, National Museum of the American Indian, at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, The Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, KY, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC and the National Frontier Trails Museum, in Independence, MO.

    Included in this feature is a special sidebar about Gerry’s Massey Ferguson Model 461 tractor.

    The article about a Massey Ferguson Gold 35, is also included. In 2006, I bought and restored a Massey Ferguson 35, which I discovered originally had bright metallic gold paint on the body of the tractor. It finished up as a really nice tractor because I had been collecting new old stock (NOS) parts for a number of years. When finished, it was virtually a “new” tractor. The story includes some original factory literature that shows the tractor in the gold paint scheme.

    A Massey-Harris-Ferguson Model 404 Work Bull tractor is restored from the ground up by Canadian reader Scott Fourney. Scott likes unusual Massey tractors and a Work Bull 404 really fits the bill. Most tractor collectors know that an Industrial tractor is often in terrible condition when located. The tractor usually spent its life on a construction site or on a state or provincial highway. In either case, the machines were generally used to the point that they were basically junk. Scott’s tractor was no exception and required a lot of TLC.

    Massey Ferguson dealer from Walla Walla, Washington, Steve Bughi is a fan of Ski Whiz snowmobiles and the Model 4000 tractors. Steve sent me a letter about some Ski Whiz machines that had been given to him by a former Massey Ferguson Dealer. This was in response to the feature article about Massey snowmobiles that appeared in the January issue. Included are several good photos of Steve’s Ski Whiz restoration process. The article includes quite a few interesting photos of the whole process and or course, Steve’s favorite tractor and Ski Whiz sled together in the snow.

    Steve’s letter morphed into an article about his love of the Massey brand and how he went from a high school student washing Massey tractors to owning two dealerships–one in Washington and the other in Idaho. Steve started his career by winning the Massey Ferguson Youth in Business contest, winning at both the regional and national levels. Later, he farmed two-thousand acres in the Walla Walla Valley, raising sweet onions and spinach.

    Ontario contributor, Bonnie Sitter has chronicled a vanishing era of farming and rural life. Her friend, Isobel Gibson, tells the story of her late husband Joe, through heartfelt narative and early photos of his farming life. Joe grew up with Massey-Harris horse drawn equipment and continued to use the brand his whole life. The photos alone are worth the price of this issue.

    Reader and former Massey Ferguson employee, Steve Burdette, shares his Ferguson F-40 with Legacy readers. This Ferguson 40 was originally painted metallic green and beige. Built only in 1956 and 1957, most of the models were beige and gray. However, the very earliest Ferguson 40’s left the factory painted metallic green and gray, just like the 1956 Ferguson T0-35.

    Ontario native, George Smyth has scratch-built many amazing toys over the years but his Sawyer-Massey 20-40 tractor is a real masterpiece. The model is built completely out of wood and contains a small battery operated motor that powers the engine and other working parts. The engine contains 1” pistons with a 1” stroke. The photo of George’s model is amazing.

  • LQ #45 was in the mail the first week of January. Mail service was extremely slow due to the Christmas and New Year holiday. Additionally, delivery in the US was about a week behind schedule and as I write this the third week of January, Canadian subscribers still have not received their copy. Once copies are placed in the Canadian mail stream, we have no way of tracking them. There are some subscribers in British Columbia that just received the October Issue this week.

    The two main features in this issue were an in-depth history of the Bain Wagon Company, which produced high-quality wagons, sleighs and sleds that were sold by Massey-Harris. The article includes several unpublished photos from the Bain Company archives that were supplied to us by the Woodstock, Ontario Historical Society. We were also able to locate some original company advertising that I think readers will find very interesting. I would like to thank the librarians at the Woodstock Historical Society for their help in locating these old images.

    The second feature in this issue is about the Massey Ferguson Ski Whiz snowmobiles. The article centers on not only the history of these great machines but the collections of Montana resident Kyle Hoff and Ohio natives Brad and Tricia Blasius. With the advent of a very unusual Ohio snowfall, we were able to produce a nice cover showing Brad's MF 297. The nice cover photo was shot by Brad�s wife, Tricia.

    Also in this issue was a pictorial called Making Hay the Massey Way, which contained a group of photos of Legacy readers using their Massey-Harris, Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractor in all aspects of the hay-making process. Also included were some photos of making hay the old-fashion way with horses.

    Other articles included a story written by Canadian contributor, David Turner, called 'The End of Massey Ferguson.' David chronicles how the World's Largest tractor and machinery company ended up in receivership and eventually bought out by the Allis Gleaner Company, better known as AGCO. It is a complicated story and David leads readers down that path in a well-illustrated piece.

    Not many readers are aware that at one time, Massey Ferguson was not only a leading producer of Industrial Equipment but also manufactured mining and forestry equipment. Former Massey Ferguson engineer, Dave Nichole interview another former engineer Tony Fox were work in some of the original designs of Massey Ferguson Forestry Equipment, which was built at the new facility in Akron, Ohio.

    Lastly, two Extended Letters by Reg Alspach and Bonnie Sitter round out this issue. I think that you will find both letters and the accompanying photos of interest.

  • Back Issues - We have sold a lot of Back Issues this fall and winter. This list includes the issues that we have left. There are five or six copies of LQ #34 that we just found, which doesn't show up on the list. We are still offering the special price of five issues for $25 in the US and $40 in Canada.

  • Outtake Photos - Lastly, here are some of the photos that we couldn't fit into this issue. I hope that you enjoy them.

  • LQ #44 was in the mail the first week of October and even with all of the issues with the USPS, delivery seemed to be very timely.

    Because of COVID, Sue and I didn’t get to do as much traveling as usual. As a result, many of the stories for issue #44 and photos for the calendar were done much closer to our home turf. One such story was about a fall pumpkin business called Dupler’s Pumpkin Land, whose owner uses several Massey Ferguson 135 tractors. One of those, was a British built MF 135 that Roger just restored for this fall’s season. Nice story and a lot of good photos.

    Another article featured the Brett Huizenga family from Minnesota. Brett and his wife Sara have a very nice collection of Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson tractors. Also featured in this issue is an article by Don Pogalz, a former MF employee who worked with the Claas German built Massey Ferguson 8400 Series combines.

    The final feature was Réjean Michaud’s ½ scale models. All hand built by Réjean himself, they all work. Everything from a Pacemaker and a Model 33 tractor, #6 mowers, #11 hay rake, White Silage chopper, Model 82 combine and a #3 wagon. Contributor and Quebec resident, Gordon Barnett wrote the story and took the excellent photos. Numerous readers have already expressed their amazement at the quality of Réjean workmanship!

    An Extended Letter from Indiana reader, Lon Rice and his favorite little Massey Ferguson 7 tells the amazing story of this tough little tractor. The well-illustrated letter from long-time Ohio subscriber, Wayne Williams rounded out this issue. Wayne has contributed many fascinating stories and at 94 years-of-age, he has a unique perspective that you won’t want to miss! We have had many positive comments from both subscribers who call in to renew and those who have sent us letters. Thanks Wayne, for touching the lives of so many readers!

    We ran a double-page ad in this issue advertising back issues. As a result, there have been a lot of orders this past month. If you have been thinking about ordering issues of Legacy Quarterly that you are missing, don’t wait too much longer. There are several issues that are out of print and several more of which we are running out. Order the ones that you are missing. The special 5 for $25, is still in affect!

  • In an effort to hold the line on production cost, we have asked readers for a little help.

    1. US readers need to pay by check if at all possible. Credit card costs are outrageous. Canadian and foreign orders still need to pay with a credit card.
    2. Cut out the address label that is at the top right-hand corner of the carrier sheet that is packed with your magazine. If you have had a change of address, cross that label out and write the correct new address on the form at the bottom of the sheet.
    3. If you are ordering more than one item, please pay with just one check.
    4. Most importantly, note your expiration date at the very top right-hand corner of the sheet. One of our largest expenses in mailing out reminder cards. If you renew on time, that revenue can be funneled back into the magazine. Thanks!
  • For Sale: Two, Type-2, 1-1/2 hp Massey-Harris gas engines. New mags and on trucks, $1,000 each. Antique pulley driven sharpening wheel, $100. Call Jim @ 905-873-1461, ON. (11/19)

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