Ahh, Grandpa's Orchard. Great times spent there. It was out in front of the farm by the highway. I remember it being huge, but it really wasn't that large at all. It had around 15 to 20 apple trees that were different varieties of "reds" and 2 or 3 yellows. He also had 2 apricots a red cherry and 1or 2 pear trees that I remember. I remember blossom time in the spring, it smelt so good. My brothers, my cousins and I played around out there alot. Climbing those trees (gettin' trouble for it) rotten apple fights in the fall ( gettin' yelled at for that too) and at night, well those "Big" trucks would go by on the highway and.......... I won't say no more cause now-a-days they would put us in jail. Grandpa & Grandma and the rest of the family used everything from that orchard. Fresh pies, jams and jellies, and everyone canned alot then. The best thing to come from that orchard was Grandpas "Apple Jack". I think I was around 9 or 10 when I got to sample the "Jack". It was sippin" stock and you learned that real fast. That recipe went to heaven with Grandpa and it sure is missed today. I was told that one of my cousins by marriage has the recipe but I don't know for sure. I remember after blossom that Grandpa would hook the sprayer to the front of the David Bradley and mix his stuff ( don't know what) for the trees. I would ask him whats he doin' and he say gettin' ready to spray for worms. I would say fish worms and he would laugh and say no, apple worms. My job was to drag the step ladder he would use to help reach the top of the trees. I would walk beside him, no taller than that big tractor (it was to me), all the way to the front of the house where I would have to stop. I wasn't allowed out in the orchard during spraying time. Time to go play with the dogs. After Grandpa was finished, I would hear that tractor headed for the barn and take off running. I would help him what I could with tools and rags and such, unhook that sprayer and more than likely hook up the cultivator. I asked my Uncle one time what model the DB
was. He said he didn't know off hand but said they got it new when he came home from Korea. That Bradley was used around the farm for just about everything except the main plow in the spring ( Ford 8n 2 bottom) and potato diggin' also the Ford. I remember asking my Uncle if the engine on the DB
was original and he laughed and said "heck no" thats like the third one. That tractor was a worker. The old Bradley still sits over in the barn today and one day I will get to it. My uncle has said when ever I am ready to come get it. I know once it is here and re-done, it will be my pride and joy and will never leave the Family.