January 6, 2018
Last week’s History Mystery, above, was reproduced from a negative in the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. Information on the envelope reads, “Caterpillar Tractor Day, Arlington, April 29, 1952. After 20 years, group returns to visit Old Tusco. In memory of plowing record by 1st diesel tractor in area by Mark Weatherford. From left, Tusco owners, Mrs. Jessie Hartfield, Elwood Hartfield, Agnes Hartfield, Harold Hartfield and Martha Anderson (daughter).”
David Childs of The Dalles, formerly of Arlington, said his uncle was Mark Weatherford, who set the record. “They had a magnificent run with this tractor, it ran 40 days, day and night, and set a new plowing record,” he said. “It was the first diesel west of the Mississipi.”
Jeff Gutzler of Maupin said the record was an Indurance Plowing Contest, and 6,800 acres were plowed in 46 days. “They ran her (Old Tusco) up into the 1950s,” Gutzler said, which is when the anniversary picture above was taken.
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