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Outtakes LQ #23
The July issue of Legacy Quarterly was in the mail the first week of July and is our third Combine Special issue. It features cover photography by Super-T and a host of good stories and interesting history about Massey combines and harvesting. The lead story is about combine pioneer Ben Grant. I have been collecting information about the Grant family and their custom harvesting business for about three years and this story represents the culmination of that effort.
The issue begins with four extended letters sent by Massey combine collectors and enthusiasts. A history of the N.R. Hamm custom harvesting operation known as Hammtown presents an first hand account of what it was like to run custom harvesting operation that was on the road.
One of the highlights of this special issue is the story of a young man named Dave Badger who is looking for that big adventure and finds it working on a custom harvesting crew on the Great Plains. Dave is a good story teller and writes an interesting and informative account of his job running a Massey-Harris Super 90 combine.
Don’t forget, the working tractors feature is coming up in the October issue, so if you have a good photo of your favorite Massey-Harris, Ferguson or Massey Ferguson tractor at work, send it in so that it can be included. And of course, keep you letters to the editor coming.
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Check out Issue #22 Outtakes
Issue #22 was in the mail on April 1st and most subscribers had received their copy by April 11th. Canadian subscribers usually take an additional 2 weeks.
The first of our two feature articles is part II of the introduction of the Massey Ferguson 100 Series tractors called “The Rugged New Breed”. Author and retire Massey Ferguson employee, Harold Lang has produced an in-depth look at the Mexico City launch of the amazing new 100 Series Tractors.
The second feature is part II of the article about John Chambers. Writer Steve Watts, a Ferguson enthusiast from Wales, uses the Chambers family as a major resource for his article. The story also includes several of John Chamber’s patents drawings. Both articles had a lot of background research and contained many interesting and original photos.
This issue also contained an article about British Columbia Massey collector Doug Carlaw. Doug took great winter photos of his old Massey-Harris tractors at his home in the Okanagan Valley.
Two “Extended Letters” are included in LQ #22. In one, Ohio farmer David Hartman shares the story of his family farm and the photos that his mother took in the 1940’s. Also, reader Ken Trowbridge sent us a letter and photos about his search for the Massey Ferguson 180 that he wishes he hadn’t sold.
The an fascinating article about farmer and Massey collector Daren Meyers rounds out this issue. Daren’s family ran a Massey-Harris dealership and also fabricated some amazing tractors and equipment right on their farm. The photos that Daren has shared with Legacy readers are worth the price of the issue.
This issue also includes the 2015 Massey show listing. If you are trying to plan what shows you will attend this summer, this show listing should be of great help!
We hope that you enjoy LQ #22. Gary Heffner, editor.
Reproduction Massey-Harris, Ferguson & Massey Ferguson Dealer Clocks
Check out Issue #21 Outtakes
Issue #21 was in the mail on January 6th. Delivery was a little slower than normal because we lost four production days because of Christmas and New Year.
The Oliver built Massey Ferguson 98 was the feature tractor. We have a great cover shot by Super-T and some good restoration stories by Wisconsin brothers, Tom and Andy Blume and Colorado collector Duane Esarey. I wrote the feature article about the history and technical data on this model. Gary Prissel’s tractor is featured along with the Massey 98’s and Oliver’s owned by Rich Onesti.
Harold Lang begins part I of his article on the introduction of the Massey Ferguson 100 Series. Illustrated with photos and drawings that only former Massey Ferguson employees would have access to, Harold has put together a great piece that is both entertaining and informative!
This issue is also the beginning of Steve Watt’s two-part article on Harry Ferguson’s chief engineer, John Chambers. Working closely with the Chambers family, the author assembles some amazing, formerly unpublished photos and information. It is an article that any serious Ferguson enthusiasts, needs to read.
As usual, we include eight pages of interesting letters and photos from our readers in RFD!
We still have a few calendars left. Last year, we ran out right after Christmas. We ordered more this year so don’t be left out.
Also notice that we now have a Massey Ferguson Dealer clock for sale. See the details in the ad right here on the homepage.
Hope you enjoy LQ #21! Gary Heffner, editor
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Issue #20 was mailed the first week of October. LQ #20 features the Massey Ferguson Super 90, the Massey-Harris #2 and a special pictorial on the Esbenshade family’s Golden Harvest Days Show in Oklahoma. In fact, we had such a good response from readers about their Super 90 tractors that I will continue that feature in January. If you wanted to send information and photos about your Super 90 but didn’t get a round to it, you have a second chance. The additional feature on the MF Super 90 is also included in this issue, along with many photos and a history of the tractor and its design.
Tom and Cindy Jansen share their newly restored Massey-Harris #2 with readers, and it is a beauty. I couldn’t fit all of the restoration photos into the story, so I will include the rest of them here in the Outtakes. There is also a companion article about Dent Parrett and the tractor that he designed. Massey-Harris purchased the rights to that tractor which they built and it became the #1, #2 and #3.
We produced our longest article to date on the Golden Harvest Days Show. We had a large number of great photos taken by Angela Napiwocki and wanted to uses as many as possible. I talked a length with Jim and Barbara Esbenshade about their amazing working Massey show and this article is the result. It is a delight to read as well as view!
Regular contributor, Harold Lang, shares his large and unusual Massey toy collection and writes about how his long career with Massey Ferguson led to the many unusual items in his collection.
There is also some seasonal content to help get you in the mood for the Christmas Holidays! David Turner returns with another story about his childhood in the 1950’s as he grew up on a farm in Ontario. It is beautifully illustrated by our favorite artist, Johnny Filipchuk. We also include another vintage Massey Christmas card from the Craig Sitter Collection.
You will enjoy reading the three Extended Letters included in this issue as families bring stories about their past and the tractors and combines that were a big part of it to the readers of Legacy Quarterly.
Don’t forget to order you 2015 Legacy Quarterly calendar. With the continued support of Massey Ferguson, we were able to hold the price to $12, which includes shipping to U.S. addresses. Massey-Harris, Ferguson, Massey Ferguson–we’ve included them all! We ran out of calendars last years so order early to avoid disappointment.
I hope that you enjoy issue #20. Gary Heffner, editor
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