Charles Cook International Harvester Dealership of Cleveland, Minnesota and the Super M bearing the Serial Number 32096
Brian Wayne Wells
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For a large part of the long production reign of the famous Farmall M from 1939 until 1952, the Model M had been over shadowed by the larger sales of the smaller Farmall Model H. Both of these tractors had been introduced in 1939. Their production lines had been parallel to each other in the Farmall Works in Rock Island, Illinois. However, each year, The Model H outsold the Model M until just after the Second World War.
Part of the reason for this rise in the popularity of the Farmall M was the influence of the returning veterans from the Second World War. In large numbers, these veterans were returning home from the horrors of war and wanting to settle in to the peacetime activities and peacetime economy of the United States. Since, the United States was still a rural and farming nation after the war, the thoughts of these veterans was directed towards returning to the farm and either continuing the family farm or starting a new farming operation. One of these returning veterans was Ambrose Holicky.
Following the end of the Korean War, a slight boom in the sales of farm machinery occurred. This boom as it applies to the sales of the new Farmall Super M tractors is discussed in the article called ” M. & W. Company (Part II): The Clark-Christenson Super M” that was published in the January/February 1998 issue of Belt Pulley Magazine. This article has also been re-published on this website under the same title. The Clark-Christenson Super M bears the Serial Number of 31634 and is currently owned by Wells Family Tractors L.LC. and has been pretty much adopted by the sister of the current author–Eileen Wells, who also serves as the Secretary of the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association.
The article on the Clark-Christenson tractor contained at this website provides the story of the original sale of #31634 by Srsen Implement of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota to George Clark a local farmer in the Claremont, Minnesota community and the later sale of the same tractor to Ray Christenson in 1967.
A total of 39,401 Farmall Super M tractors were produced in 1953. No. 31634 was most likely produced on Friday June 26, 1953. As developed in the article on the Clark-Christenson tractor, unusual events surrounding the shortage of Super Ms at various dealerships and surpluses at other dealerships meant that the Clark-Christenson tractor bearing the Serial Number 31634 did not get into the hands of George Clark until 1954.
Three production days later on Wednesday, July 3, 1953 another Farmall Super M came rolled off the assembly line at the Farmall Works in Rock Island. This Super M bore the Serial Number 32096. This tractor was only 462 tractors removed from #31634. Like #31634, this tractor was also shipped from Rock Island to the International Harvester block house at 25727 University Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pursuant to the request of the local dealership in Cleveland, Minnesota, for a tractor to fulfill an order, #32096 was placed on board a railroad flat car of the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad train headed out of the Twin Cities on a
The Rock Island, Iowa, headed toward the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
Once at the block house on University Avenue in the Twin Cities, N.