For most of those years on that farm, we operated a family dairy farm. Daddy led us through milking, corn-growing, silage-harvesting, hay-harvesting, and lots more. That farm grew from a run-down place with an old house with a fallen-in chimney and an old-time wooden barn to a real showplace due to his leading through those things and working daily.
After he retired, he continued to do what some might call hobby farming there, raising some steers and cutting the pastures and cropland grasses for hay to sell. He kept most of the equipment used when it was a producing dairy farm, however.
Since his passing, we have simply tried to maintain the farm. There has been a spring hay-harvesting overseen by Mike and Mama. A couple of guys were hired to come in and cut the grasses. Mike raked it. Those guys baled it, and one of Daddy's hay customers bought it and hauled it away. Mike and a young fellow also took down some drooping and unnessesary fences.
Maintaining all that equipment is quite an undertaking and when it isn't being used on a daily basis the maintenance becomes another chore. So, Mama has decided to sell the equipment and tools. She hired a couple of guys who have become life-long friends beginning with our interaction as children involved with dairy cow shows at the fair. Their Tradition Auction Services business is handling the back-breaking work and guiding us through the process.
They came a couple of weeks ago and we took photos of the equipment to be posted online and in print advertisements.
This one held buckets, tool boxes, hand tools, welders, grinders, and loads more.
It was probably the hottest day of the year with temperatures hovering around triple-digits in the shade. Yet, we sifted through the years of accumulation that represented Daddy's daily hand tools and prepared them for a sale where other folks can take a bit of his legacy and put it to use in their own lives. We hope you will join us on August 6th, Sale Day and that you will find something of useful or sentimental value to take home with you so that Daddy's legacy of hard work will be a part of your days.