“I’m In a Hurry”

WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON May 15 1925

“I’m In a Hurry”

WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON May 15 1925

“I’m In a Hurry”

WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

The course of true love didn't run straight in the case of David Crockett Suggs and old man Rogers' daughter, especially when it got mixed up with the cussedness of a decrepit tractor in Northern Saskatchewan.

I’m in a hurry I want a new main drive gear for my tractor. This tractor was formerly owned by Joe Banks, of Hopeful, Sask., and bought by me at the auction after he died. The main drive gear in the tractor has busted and I just been over and asked the widow Banks where Joe used to buy the parts for his tractors and she said she aint sure but she thinks it was the Farmers Friend Tractor Company, Earthworm City, Manitoba. So please let me know if you are the folks, and if so please send the gear at once. As I am in a hurry. It is the main drive gear. It is the big bull gear in the back end of the transmission that goes round and round and drives the tractor excuse this paper as my regular business letter paper has not come yet yours truly.

given therein. As soon as this necessary information is received, immediate shipment will be made. In the meantime we wish to extend you a most cordial welcome into the happy family of Earthworm users, to congratulate you upon selecting an Earthworm Tractor—even though it be of such an old model—and to assure you of our constant interest and desire to cooperate with you to the fullest extent.

Very truly yours,

Frederick R. Overton,

Parks Department.

Chinook Flats, Saskatchewan, October 1,1924.

To The Farmers Friend Tractor Company, Earthworm City, Manitoba.

Dear Sir,

David Crockett Suggs.

Chinook Flats, Saskatchewan.

October 6,1924.

To The Farmers Friend Tractor Company,

Earthworm City, Manitoba.

Dear Sir,

I got your letter I got no parts book. I asked tne widow of Joe Banks, who is the man owned the tractor before I bought it at the auction after he died, I asked her did they have a parts book for the tractor and she said they once had a parts book but it is lost. I would look up the gear in the parts book if I could, but you can understand that I can’t look up the gear in the parts book if I got no parts book. What I want is the big bull gear way at the back. The great big cog wheel with 44 cogs on it that goes round and round and drives the tractor.

I’m in a hurry because the tractor is unfortunately broke down right while I’m doing a very important job for Mr. Rogers of this city. The tractor run fine until 3 p.m. October 1, when there come a loud and very funny noise in the back and the tractor would no longer pull. We took the cover off the transmission case, and this big cog wheel was busted. Six cogs was busted off of it and the tractor will not pull, only make a funny noise.

I am a young man 24 years of age just starting in business and expect to get married soon, so please send the gear at once as I’m in a hurry and oblige.

David Crockett Suggs

edition of English parts books was very limited and has been exhausted. We are, however, sending you one of the French parts books.

We regret exceedingly that we are obliged to give you a parts book printed in the French language; and we realize, of course, that possibly you may be unable to understand it. However, you should be able to find the desired gear in the pictures, which are very plain. Kindly give us the part number which is given under the picture of the gear, and we will make immediate shipment.

Very truly yours,

Frederick R. Overton,

Parks Department.

Chinook Flats, Sask. October 12, 1924.

Farmers Friend Tractor Company Makers of Earthworm Tractors

Earthworm City, Manitoba October 3, 1924.

Mr. David Crockett Suggs,

Chinook Flats, Sask.

Dear Sir,

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of October 1, in which we note that you request us to send you a gear for your tractor.

In this connection we are pleased to advise that an inspection of our files reveals the fact that Mr. Joseph Banks of Hopeful, Sask., was the owner of one of our old style Model 45 Earthworm Tractors. Mr. Banks acquired this tractor on June 3, 1915. We are changing our records to indicate that this tractor has been purchased by yourself, and we are most happy to assure you that all the resources of the Farmers Friend Tractor Company are at your service and that we can supply you promptly with everything you may need in the way of spare parts, service, and information.

We regret, however, that your description of the gear which you desire is not sufficient for us to identify same, as there are a number of gears in the transmission to which the description “main drive gear” might conceivably apply. Kindly look up this gear in the parts book and advise us the proper part number and name as

Farmers Friend Tractor Company Makers of Earthworm Tractors

Earthworm City, Manitoba, October 9,1924.

Mr. David Crockett Suggs,

Chinook Flats, Sask.

Dear Sir,

This will acknowledge your valued letter of October 6, stating that you desire a gear for your tractor but are unable to give us the parts number of same owing to the fact that you have no parts book. We have carefully gone over your description of the gear, but we regret that we have been unable positively to identify what gear it is that you desire. We note that you state the gear has forty-four teeth, and we feel sure that some mistake has been made, as there is no 44 tooth gear in the tractor.

We are therefore mailing you under separate cover a parts book for the Model 45 Earthworm Tractor, year 1915, and would suggest that you look up the gear in this book, and let us know the part number so that we can fill your order.

Unfortunately we are not able to supply you a parts book printed in English. Nearly all the old style Model 45 tractors were sold to the French government in 1915 to be used in pulling artillery on the western front. As only a few of^these tractors were sold in Western Canada, the

To The Farmers Friend Tractor Company,

Earthworm City, Manitoba.

Dear Sir,

Your letter has come your book has come you was right when you said I might not understand it. I can’t understand the Dago printing and I been looking at the pictures all evening and I can’t understand the pictures they don’t look like nothing I ever seen. So I can’t give you no part number, but I’m in a hurry so please send the gear anyway. It is the one way at the back. You can’t miss it. Its not the one that lays down its the one that sets up on edge and has forty-four teeth and meshes with the little one with 12 teeth. The little one goes round and round and drives the big one. And the big one is keyed on the main shaft and goes round and round and drives the tractor. Or I should say used to go round and round, but now it has six teeth busted out and wont go round— only makes a funny noise when it gets to the place where the teeth are busted out.

I’m in a hurry and to show you that I need this gear quick, I will explain that the tractor is laid up right in the middle of an important job I’m doing for Mr. Rogers of this city. I’m a young man, age 24 years, and new at the house moving business and I want to make a good impression and also expect to get married soon.

When Mr. Rogers of this city decided to move his house from down by the depot up to the north end of

town, and give me the job, I thought it was a fine chance to get started in business and make a good impression. I got the house jacked up, and I put heavy timbers underneath, and trucks with solid wheels that I bought from a contractor at Hopeful. And I bought this second hand tractor from Joe Banks at Hopeful at the auction after he died, and all my money is tied up in this equipment and on October 1, at 3 p.m., we had the house moved half way to where they want it, when the tractor made a funny noise and quit. And if I don’t get a new gear pretty soon and move the house the rest of the way I’ll be a blowed up sucker.

I’m just starting in business and want to make a good impression and I’m expecting to get married so please hurry with the gear. Excuse paper as my regular business paper has not come yet and oblige,

David Crocket Suggs.

Farmers Friend Tractor Company Makers of Earthworm Tractors

Earthworm City, Manitoba, October 14, 1924

Mr. David Crockett Suggs,

Chinook Flats, Sask.

Dear Sir,

This will acknowledge your valued favor of October 12, and we regret exceedingly that you have been unable to locate the part which you desire in the parts book, and that consequently you have been subject to annoying delay. As it is always our desire to render the greatest possible service to Earthworm Tractor owners, we have gone into this matter with the greatest of care; and after checking over very thoroughly the descriptions given in your latest letter and also in former letters, we have come to the conclusion that the gear you desire is the 45-tooth intermediate spur gear, symbol number 6843, as illustrated on page 16 of the parts book. We note that you state the gear has 44 teeth, but as there is no such gear in your model tractor, and as No. 6843 gear fits the description in other particulars, we can only assume that you made a mistake in counting the number of teeth.

Accordingly we are shipping you by express this afternoon one No. 6843 gear which we trust will prove to be the part desired. Assuring you of our constant desire to render you every possible service, efficiently and promptly, I remain,

Very truly yours,

Frederick R. Overton,

Parks Department.

Chinook Flats, Sask.

October 18, 1924.

To The Farmers Friend Tractor Company,

Earthworm City, Manitoba.

Dear Sir,

Your letter come yesterday your gear come to-day C.O.D. $41.26 and not only that, but it is no good and it wont fit. It is not like the old gear. It looks like a well made gear but there is nothing like it on my tractor so it is no good to me it is too big it wont go on it wont fit on the shaft. And if it did fit on the shaft, it would not work because it is too big and the teeth would not mesh with the teeth on the little gear, and it ought to have 44 teeth like I said, NOT 45.

So will you look thi? up again more carefully and send me the right gear and send it as quick as possible. I’m in a hurry, and I will explain to you how things stand so you can say I am no liar when I say I got to have this gear right off or I am a blowed up sucker.

I am new in the house moving business and I am moving a house for Mr. Rogers of this city, and Mr. Rogers is a very stubborn old cuss and he insisted that the house be moved all together*—which includes the main part which is two stories high and built very strongly and solid, and also the front porch which sticks out in front and is built pretty weak, and also the one story kitchen which sticks out behind. The kitchen is very frail.

But Mr. Rogers did not listen to me when I wanted to move the kitchen and front porch separate from the house. So, as I am a young man and new at the house moving business and anxious to make a good impression, I tried to do it like he wanted. I jacked up the whole works all together, and put timbers underneath, and heavy trucks that I bought from a contractor at Hopeful, and we came up from the depot fine—the tractor pulling good and the little old house rolling along smooth and quiet and beautiful. But at 3 p.m., October 1, just as we was going past Jim Ferguson’s Drug Store on the main street of this city, there come a funny noise in the tractor, and we have been stuck ever since waiting for a new gear because the tractor will not run with six teeth busted out of the old gear.

So you can see that it is no lie that I am in a hurry, and I will explaift that for 2 and H weeks, no traffic has been able to go past Jim Ferguson’s Drug Store. All •traffic on the main street of this city has been detoured— turning to the right through the field next to Johnson’s Garage, following the back lane past the shed where Harvey Jenkins keeps his cow, and then around Wilson’s Hardware Store and back to the main street, and all this

owing to the stubborness of old man Rogers making me take the porch and the kitchen along at the same time.

The porch is now resting two feet from the drug store and the kitchen just three feet from the Post Office on the other side of the street. If old man Rogers had listened to me and we had taken the kitchen off, there would have been room for traffic to get past, but now we can’t take the kitchen off on account of being so jammed up against the post office, but people don’t figger on that and everybody in town blames it on me that traffic is held up which is very wrong as I am doing the best I can.

And now old man Rogers says I contracted to move his house, and I had better hurry up, and he says why don’t I hire some horses but I say horses would be unsafe, because when they get to pulling something very heavy they get to jerking and they would be liable to jerk the house and injure it owing to the fact that Mr. Rogers was so stubborn as to make me leave the kitchen and the porch on the house, thus weakening it. And besides I got no money to waste hiring horses when I got a tractor already so you can see why I’m in a hurry for this gear, being anxious to make a good impression and expecting to get married.

Please send at once the right gear which has FORTY FOUR TEETH (44), because the old gear has 38 good teeth, and 6 busted off, making 44 like I said, NOT 45. And the right gear is an inch narrower than the one you sent, and the hole through the middle is smaller. I am making a picture so you can see just what gear it is, so please send it at once and oblige,

David Crockett Suggs.

Farmers Friend Tractor Company Makers of Earthworm Tractors

Earthworm City, Manitoba, October 21, 1924,

Mr. David Crockett Suggs,

Chinook Flats, Sask.

Dear Sir,

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of October 18, from which we note that you are having trouble in installing in your tractor gear No. 6843, which we shipped you on October 14.

We regret exceedingly that you have had this trouble, and to the end that the basis of the difficulty might be discovered, we have carefully checked over your former correspondence and have at length come to the conclusion that gear No. 6843, which we sent you, is the proper gear. We are therefore at a loss to understand why you have been unable to use it, and can only suggest that you Continued on page 70

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may possibly have made some error in installing it.

To obviate this difficulty we are to-day mailing you, under separate cover, a copy of our latest instruction book on the care, operation, and repair of Earthworm Tractors. We regret that this book was prepared for the new style tractors, but as the method of installing transmission gears is essentially the same in both old and new style tractors, we 1-eel sure that you will have no trouble in applying the instructions to your old style tractor. Please study carefully the pictures and full descriptions on page 34, and if you proceed as directed, we feel sure you will experience no further difficulty in installing the gear.

In ease, however, there still remains some minor trouble to interfere with the perfect operation of the tractor, we shall appreciate it if you will notify us, as we are always anxious to give owners of Earthworm Tractors the fullest possible co-operation.

Very truly yours,

Frederick R. Overton Parks Department.

Chinook Flats, Sask.,

October 25, 1924

To The Farmers Friend Tractor Co., Earthworm City, Manitoba.

Dear Sir,

Your letter come yesterday your book come to-day they are no good to me. It takes more than a book for a new tractor to put onto an entirely different old tractor a gear wheel that don’t belong to it. I tell you again you have sent me the wrong gear. What I want is the big bull gear on the back that has 44 teeth. FORTY-FOUR NOT 45. And it goes round and round and makes the tractor go. It is the great big cog wheel that meshes with the little cog wheel. I bet you have sent me a gear for one of your new style tractors how do I know. You told me you had looked it up what model tractor I got, so why don’t you send me the gear that will fit?

I got to have it. If it was some other part, I could make it, but you can’t make a steel gear like this in no shop in Chinook Flats.

If you people knew what I was up against, you would get busy, and you would send me that gear in a hurry. The whole town is sore at me. And I will explain that this is a big place with trolley cars and everything.

The trolleys here run on a track, but they are not electric they are run by gasoline motors inside, and are very modern and up to date like everything else in this city. And for over three weeks now the trolley from the depot has been coming up almost as far as Jim Ferguson’s Drug Store, and then it has to stop and the conductor will give the people transfers. And they will get out and squeeze past old man Rogers’s house, and get on the other trolley and ride on. And it is lucky they have two cars. A few years ago they only had one.

And old man Rogers says if I don’t get action by the first of the week, he is going to hire horses himself, and pull the house where he wants it. And if I expect to get a cent for it I can just sue him, and he says he is tired of living in a house sitting in the middle of the street with the front porch poking into the drug store window and the people kidding him all the time. But its all on account of his own foolishness and stubbornness because I told him

he had better go live with his brother in Hopeful while the house was being moved, but he is a guy that you can’t tell him nothing and so he is living there with Mrs. Rogers and daughter Mildred, and Mrs. Rogers is cooking on an oil stove on account of the chimney being torn down for moving, and now they blame it on me because the oil stove smokes up the whole house. So you can see I’m in a hurry, and everybody is sore because the traffic is detoured, and me having to hang red lanterns on the house every night so people won’t run into it, and the Police Department has served notice on me that I got until next Thursday to move the house or get pinched. And they had given me a permit to move the house. But they say a permit ain’t no 99 year lease. And that just shows how it is—they all try to make mean cracks like that.

And this afternoon, old Mr. Rogers came up to me and he said; “Dave, I hope you ain’t still thinking of getting married.” And I said, “I sure am,” because, as I told you in another letter, I’m expecting to get married.

Then Mr. Rogers said, “I may have something to say about that, young man.” A.nd I will explain that it is possible that old Mr. Rogers—whose house I am moving with my tractor—may have some influence in the matter, owing to the fact that the girl I expect to marry is a girl by the name of Mildred Rogers, and unfortunately happens to be the daughter of old Mr. Rogers.

So you see, I want that gear, and 1 want it quick. I am sending back the new gear please credit me with the $41.26 I paid on the C.O.D. I am also sending you the old busted gear. Please look over the old busted gear and send me one just like it, only with the six teeth not busted out. Please hurry and remember FORTYFOUR TEETH, and oblige yours truly.

David Crockett Suggs.

P.S. NOT 45 teeth.

Farmers Friend Tractor Company Makers of Earthworm Tractors Earthworm City, Manitoba,

October 29, 1924.

Mr. David Crockett Suggs,

Chinook Flats, Sask.

Dear Sir,

This will acknowledge your valued favor of October 26 in reference to the trouble you are having with your tractor. We regret exceedingly that the misunderstanding in regard to the gear which you need has caused you the annoying delay which you mention.

As soon as your old gear arrives, it will be checked up and every possible effort will be made to supply you promptly with a duplicate of it.

Very truly yours,

Frederick R. Overton,

Parks Department.

David Crockett Suggs Contractor

Houses Moved Safely, Speedily, and Surely.

Chinook Flats, Saskatchewan, October 31, 1924,

To The Farmers Friend Tractor Cor,'7 Earthworm City, Manitoba.

Dear Sir,

My new letter paper has come your letter has come please send me the gear as quick as possible. I’m in a hurry more than at any time before and unless I can get this mess straightened out I’ll be more ■of a blowed up sucker than anybody you ever seen, and in order that you may see what a rush I am in and send the gear as quick as possible, I will explain two very unfortunate events which has took place dnce my last letter. The first was last night.

Being Thursday night and my regular night to call, I went around to see Miss Mildred Rogers, who, as I have explained before, I had expected to marry very soon, and who used to live down by the depot but is now located temporarily on Main Street just in front of Ferguson’s Drug Store. It is not as much fun as it used to be to call at the Rogers’s house. Formerly it was possible to sit in the hammock on the front porch, and as the house set back from the street and there was trees around and no street lights, a very pleasant evening could be had.

But at present the front porch is located in a most unfortunate way just two feet from the largp plate glass window

of Ferguson’s Drug Store, which is all lighted up—you know how a drug store window ÍS'—lots of big white lights, and all kinds of jars full of colored water with more lights shining through. And people squeezing past between the porch and the drug store and going in to get ice cream sodas or stopping to crack bum jokes about me, which I will not repeat. So you can see that it would not be any fun for me and Mildred to sit in the hammock in the evening, even if it was possible to sit in the hammock which it is not, owing to the fact that the porch pillar to which the hammock is fastened has become so weakened by the jacking up of the house that it would take very little to pull it over and let the whole porch roof down, with a bang.

So we decided that we better sit in the parlor and we had no sooner entered and I was not doing any harm in any way when old Mr. Rogers came in and there was a very painful scene which I won’t describe only to say that he used such expressions as “Get to Hell out of here,” and “I don’t want my daughter keeping company with any moron,” which is a word he got out of the Saskatoon Star. So after he had hollered around and Mildred had cried, I left the house in a dignified manner. Being a gentleman and always respectful of old age, I did not talk back to him, the dirty crook. But'you can see why it is I am in a hurry.

The other unfortunate event was just this a.m., when old man Rogers went out and hired twelve horses from all over town and also one small size flivver tractor to move his house up to where he wants it. He tried to get a big tractor, but there is none in town or nearby except mine which is broke down. But there is plenty of horses and there is this little flivver tractor that would not be big enough to pull the house all by itself.

So this morning they wheeled my poor old tractor out of the way, and they . hooked up to the house and there was about a hundred people from the town and from round about that was helping with advice and hollering and yelling and telling Mr. Rogers how to do it. And there was I—the only practical and professional house-mover in the whole city—and none of them asked my advice about anything and so it is not my fault what happened.

When they was all ready, Mr. Rogers he stands up and hollers out, “All ready, GO!” And the six drivers yelled at the twelve horses and all the people standing around began to cheer and shout. And the feller on the little flivver tractor started up the motor so quick it made a big noise and scared the horses and all the horses began jumping and heaving and they jerked the house sidewise, and some of the timbers slipped, and the kitchen that I told you about—it give a little lurch and fell off the house. Just let go, and fell off.

So that scared them and they unhooked the horses and the flivver tractor and didn’t try no more moving, and the house is still there all except the' kitchen which was busted up so bad that they finished the job and knocked it to pieces and took it away in wheel barrows.

One good thing is that now the traffic can get in between the house and the Post Office so they don’t have to detour any more. But one very unfortunate thing was that Mrs. Rogers happened to be in the kitchen when it fell off, being shaken up considerable but not seriously injured so you can see that I got to have the tractor running again so I can move the house right and I hope you will send the gear at once yours truly and oblige,

David Crockett Suggs

Farmers Friend Tractor Company Makers of Earthworm Tractors Earthworm City, Manitoba.

November 2, 1924.

Mr. David Crockett Suggs,

Chinook Flats, Sask.

Dear Sir,

This will acknowledge your valued favor of October 31 requesting that we use all possible haste in sending you a gear which you need to repair your tractor. We are also pleased to report the receipt of one No. 6843 gear which we shipped you on October 14 and which you returned unused owing to the fact that it will not fit your tractor. We are crediting your account with $41.26 C.O.D. which you paid on this shipment.

The broken gear which you sent as a sample has been carefully checked over I

by our Engineering Department. They report that they have been unable to identify this gear, and they are of the opinion that no gear similar to this has ever been manufactured by this company. We are, therefore, at a loss to understand how this gear ever came to be in your tractor. We do not make gears similar to the one you have sent in, and it will therefore be impossible for us to supply you with one. However, it is always our policy to be of the greatest possible service to Earthworm owners, and we would suggest that the best thing to do in the circumstances would be for one of our service mechanics to inspect your machine.

Fortunately, it happens that Chinook Flats is the nearest railroad point to the Canyon Ranch which has just purchased a Ten Ton Earthworm Tractor. Consequently, Mr. Luke Torkle, one of our service men, will be at Chinook Flats in a few days to unload this tractor and drive it overland to the ranch. If you desire, we will have Mr. Torkle stop off and inspect your machine, advising you what steps to take to put it into first class running condition; or, if this is impossible, to confer with you in regard to turning in your old machine and purchasing one of our new models. Kindly let us know what you wish us to do in this matter.

Very truly yours,

Frederick R. Overton, Parks Department.

TELEGRAM

Chinook Flats, Sask.,

Nov. 4, 1924.

Farmers Friend Tractor Co.,

Earthworm Cy., Man.

Have the guy come quick in a hurry.

David Crockett Suggs.

Farmers Friend Tractor Company

Service Man’s Report Written at: Chinook Flats, Sask.,

Date: November 7, 1924.

Written By: Luke Torkle, Serviceman. Subject: Tractor belonging to D. C.

Suggs.

Reached here 7 a.m. Unloaded tractor

for Canyon Ranch, and will drive, it.over to-morrow.

Before I had a chance to look up D. G. Suggs, the mayor and prominent citizens urgently requested me to use the new tractor to move a house that was blocking the main street. This looked like a good advertising for us, especially as the roads commissioner here is expecting to buy a tractor for road work. Accordingly, I spent the morning moving the.house to. where they wanted it, and then looked up Mr. Suggs.

Found he has left town. It is reported that he was shot at three times yesterday by a man called Rogers, but escaped. Last night he sold his entire property, consisting of a second hand tractor, and old Ford car, one radio set, and the good will in a house-moving business for $450.00 He then took the train north with a girl called Mildred Rogers of this place.

I inspected the tractor formerly owned by Mr. Suggs. No wonder we couldn’t supply him with repairs for it. It is not one of our tractors. It has no name plate but I was able to identify it as a 1920 Model, Steel Elephant Tractor, made by the S. E. Tractor Company of Edmonton.

I talked on the phone with Mrs. Joseph Banks, whose husband formerly owned the tractor. She says her husband sold the old Earthworm Tractor three years ago to a man in Prince Albert. He owned four or five different kinds of tractors. She remembered he had once bought ' tractor parts from the Farmers Friend Tractor Company. She had never paid any particular attention, but she had supposed he got all his tractor parts from the same place.

In regard to your suggestion that Mr. Suggs might be persuaded to buy a new tractor, I think this is hardly possible. It is reported that before he left, Mr. Suggs stated that he and Miss Rogers would be married and would locate in Vancouver. He was uncertain what business he would take up, but said very emphatically it would be nothing in any way connected with house moving, or with tractors or any kind of machinery.