P.O. Box 1134 Riverhead L.I. N.Y. 11901
In February Dave Gardiner and I went to Yaphank to visit with John Szuster. John has a two row PTO powered potato digger that he wanted to donate to the club. We took a look at it and graciously accepted his donation.
John was born in 1921. He was the youngest of five boys. He also had five sisters. As a family they farmed some 500 acres, mostly potatoes, with some cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetable. They used every type of tractor, Ford, Farmall, Massey Harris, John Deere, or what ever they could get at the time. In the 1950’s, John’s father purchased a sawmill which was used to make lumber from the trees they cleared from the land to make more acreage. The lumber made was used to build houses in the neighborhood. Now retired, John is a charter member of our club and up until a couple of years ago you would bind him on the back hooking the sled to the pulling tractors.
When you pass him farm on Yaphank Road, you can stop in and pay him a visit. In the summertime you will see a beautiful front yard of flowers. One of the most beautiful ones around.
Thanks again John for the potato digger.
February at Swot's
Our Febrary meeting at Frank's place was again a wonderful time. Thanks so much to his wife for the oustandingly delicious food. There wasn't an empty stomach in the house.
Bill Lindsay brought over the club's completely restored 1922 Model F Fordson tractor. This tractor was donated a few years ago by John Deegan of Southampton. This is a special Fordson because the rear wheels were manufactured here on Long Island. These wheels were made narrower so that they could work well in the vegetable fields of Long Island. The restoration was done by Bill Lindsay, his son, Matthew and Neal Raffe. Also helping with the restoration, giving time, parts, materials and information was Lee Pederson, Bruce Young, Fred Wilfred, Ed Wysocki, John Elak and the Fordson House.
The Fordson looked really great and ran too. Thanks so much to you guys for your time and diligence in restoring this valuable piece.
If any member is interested, we have numerous pieces of equipment that need restoring. Maybe you would like to make this you own project.
All are welcome to the Waltral's in Hauppague on March 14th....
There you will be witness to his array of over 50 show quality tractors on two floors of his museum style barn. Also lots of good food and plenty of friends to pass the time.
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