Comment on The Amish & Steam Engines (9 Photos) by OldKat.
I remember when we were newlyweds living on a prairie farm in south central Texas and had a similar experience. It was the fall of the year on a cool, quiet Saturday morning and we had the windows open to enjoy the first blast of fresh fall air.
Our neighbor 3/8 to 1/2 mile south had an old John Deere tractor that he had been restoring, but so far had not fired up. At least not while we were at home anyway. It was of the series referred to by several nicknames; Poppin’ Johnny, Johnny Popper, etc. His was a “G” I think. Anyway, apparently he thought it was a good idea to fire this thing up about 6:00 AM and head to one of his winter wheat fields that he had plowed with his newer, larger John Deere so he could harrow the clods down before drilling in his wheat.
I heard it fire up and heard him idle it down the drive to the field in front of his house, but when he enetered the field and dropped the disc harrow he throttled it up & that thing just ROARED to life. My wife jumped straight out of bed and in sheer terror screamed “WHAT is that?”. I think she had visions of a nuclear attack or something. I had to laugh; “Don’t worry, it is just Charlie playing with his old John Deere”. She was not amused and none too happy with him for disturbing the peace.
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