The 1946 Farmall Model H Used by the Campbell Soup Company of Napoleon, Ohio
Brian Wayne Wells
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In a previous article contained at this website, called “The Wayne A and Marilyn Wells 1950 Farmall,” it was mentioned that early Wayne Alwin Wells traded a 1942 Farmall Model H in to the Sease and Oksanen International Harvester dealership located in Le Roy, Minnesota, as a part of the purchase of this Farmall M. This Model H tractor had originally been purchased as a new tractor by Wayne’s father, George Cleveland Wells. The purchase and history of this Farmall H from 1942 until 1950 is related in another article contained at this website called “Wartime Farmall H’s.” Additionally, the use of this 1942 Farmall H in pulling and powering the Woods Brothers one-row corn picker as a custom picking operation during the 1946 ripe corn harvest is described in a third article at this website which is called “Wood Brothers Company(Part II).”
Clearly, the 1942 Wells Family Farmall Model H was a subject of interest to the family, especially, the current author and his brother, Mark Wells. However, the serial number and the history of this 1942 tractor following 1950 were lost and remain unknown. Additionally, no picture of the 1942 tractor was thought to exist, until one recent Christmas at which Mark Wells saw a series of slides at the home of his uncle, Fred Hanks. Contained in the slides was a very good color picture of the Wells Family Farmall H taken during the soybean harvest on the Howard and Fred Hanks farm in the autumn of 1947. This was the first picture he had ever seen of the George Wells Farmall H. The picture created a great expectation that a “representative” tractor could be obtained that could be made to appear like the tractor in the slide picture
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