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Remembering old days

By Staff | Nov 12, 2016

HEADING OUT FOR A ROUND of plowing are four area farmers pulling three and four-bottom plows. From back to front are Chuck Collman, of Otho; Michael Erritt, of Callender; Ed Robertson, of Gowrie; and Drake Erritt, Callender. Pictured in the background on the John Deere tractor is Vern Thomas, of Somers.

SOMERS – It all started out when John Erritt and his grandson planned to do some old-fashioned plowing.

According to Erritt, his grandson, Drake, 14, of Callender, likes old tractors.

“But some other guys heard what we were doing and said they wanted to join, too,” he said.

And on Saturday, there were six area farmers who showed up with three-, four- and five-bottom plows to turn over about half of Erritt’s 60-acre field.

Erritt said this was the first time he hosted a plowing bee.

DRIVING HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER’S Farmall MD is Drake Erritt, 14, of Callender, during a plowing bee held on John Erritt’s farm Saturday.

The event drew a small crowd of onlookers. A people-mover was used to take visitors out to ride beside the tractors and watch the plows in action.

The rack pulling was provided by Fred Vote, of Farnhamville.

“Today is just about remembering the old days,” Erritt said, watching his grandson complete a loop with a Farmall MD. It was pulling a three-bottom moldboard plow that belonged to John’s father, Jack Erritt.

“None of these guys out here are big farmers, but we just enjoy farming the way our fathers did it.”

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