The MRS. and I went to dinner with friends Sunday evening. They live 45 miles away so we don't get together as much as we'd like. They live near the largest amish community west of the Mississippi River.
He had recently went to an amish auction 1/2 way across the state with some friends from his local amish community.
He bought this horse drawn grader. The grader was one of the first items to sell in the auction. My friend liked this because it is smaller than most.
Front wheels are 18 inches across for a size reference. It fit on his 16 foot trailer with room to spare.
Its made for one-man operation. There never was a seat. The operator stands near the rear on a [long gone] wooden platform, running the controls and horses too.
Before the sale started he was admiring the grader and a fellow walked up and ask him if he was interested in the machine. Admitting he was intrigued, the man told my friend that grader was once owned by Harry S. Truman. Supposedly there was documentation of ownership but the former owners house burnt to the ground so the proof was lost. This grader has been a yard ornament for some time.
[For you overseas members, Truman was President of the U.S.A. in the later part of WWII and made the decision to drop the bomb on Japan.] Truman also had a farm close to where this auction was.
After the purchase, my friend was loading his new prize and another fellow came up to him and offered the exact info on Mr. Trumans ownership. This man was clearly upset and short with my friend at first. As they talked he losened up some and stated that the auctioneer promised that this grader wouldn't sell before 1PM. This man's father had also owned the grader and this man wanted to purchase it back. He seemed somewhat relieved that it went to a collector and would be preserved.
One of the two men also offered info that somewhere in one of the Truman museums there is a picture of Mr.Truman sitting on this grader. My friend plans to seek out that picture and try to redocument the machine so its history is not lost.
He has also been trying to identify the brand and has sought the advise of experts here in the USA and in Canada as to its identity.
Edited by Gtractor, April 20, 2016 - 09:29 PM.