Allis Employee/Dealership Registry
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My grandfather was an Allis Chalmers dealer in this small town of 400 beginning in 1939. My dad and uncle worked at the garage and I remember them loading a "WC", "B", or "RC" on an old trailer and taking it out for farmers to try. Old Fordsons, horses, mules, cows, and almost anything was traded in to make a sale. As a young kid I assembled many plows, culitvators, belly mowers, and other pieces of AC equipment. To assemble that equipment, you had to remove nuts and bolts that were covered in paint. No air wrenches in those days. Our blockman,Irv Jahr, was a wonderful person and took an interest in his dealers. Just before WWII we got a Model 40 All Crop harvester with a bagger attachment. It had an auxillary engine. This was something new in harvesting in our area and we couldn't sell it so we went out straight combining. I drove the "B" tractor, my uncle worked the levers and my brother did the bagging. In the late 50s I taught school in La Crosse, WI and worked in the Allis Chalmers factory there during the summer months. In '83 I became an Allis dealer for lawn and garden equipment, the year before they sold out to Deutz. Allis Chalmers was a part of my growing up years and a name that was synonymous with inovation, quality, and value for the buck. Seeing those old bright orange tractors in the fields today brings back fond memories of a wonderful time in my life.
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