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Farmall Super H Plowing Sidewalks - This picture was taken in Rochester New York. These tractors are still being used today. Seventy plus years and still working each and every winter.
Farmall Super H Plowing Sidewalks
Horse Drawn Sidewalk Plow - Plowing sidewalks in the City of Rochester New York
Horse Drawn Sidewalk Plow
Farmall Sidewalk Plows - As the late Paul Harvey would say There is a whole fleet of Farmallís plowing sidewalks in Rochester NY, they have been doing it that way for over 60 years now. Most are operated by the Krenzer family they contract with the city to plow snow, not just sidewalks but also do many streets with Steigers. They run a very large farm just south of the city. Their family has the longest standing contract with the city of Rochester probably almost 100 years now. They originally started plowing sidewalks with horse drawn walk behind V plows.

The story of the Farmallís started after WWII though I'm not sure exactly the year or who was the first to use a Farmall. There used to be several different farms that plowed. When they first started they had wooden V plows and very soon they found out that the axels needed to be torched off so they didn't catch trees and building walls. My grandpa and several uncles used to plow for Irving Hopkins in the 50's and I have heard many stories. One was before the axels were cut off when my uncle caught a tree with an ax and it broke the whole rear end off of the tractor, an H back then. My grandpa drove a farmall M, the only one in the fleet at the time. He was asked by the city inspector to open a sidewalk that went under the University Ave railroad bridge after it was badly drifted in. He knew there was a hydrant somewhere in the drift but couldn't see it until he hit it and by the time he was back out the other side the whole street was flooded with almost 3 feet of water. Another uncle hit a sedan rite between the front and back doors as it rolled out a driveway almost splitting the car in two. Another time the boss took them all bolling after a long storm then returned to plow again an uncle was so drunk that he drove rite through the doors of the garage they stored the plows in. The steel trap doors going down to basements are also a problem, many won't hold the tractor and you wind up stuck in the hole.

Now a days most are at least Farmall Super M's and later tractors there are a few 460's 560's and even now some 656's. Krenzerís rebuild them with rear ends from W4-6 and International standard tractors since they are a little narrower and then put the taller row crop rear wheels back on. You would be amazed at how narrow they are.

To my knowledge Rochester is the only place in the world this is done. Someday someone should really sit down with the Krenzerís and write the whole story down in a book ' WIDTH=120 SRC=http://www.tractorshed.com/gallery/vphotos/c50540_sml.jpg BORDER=0>
Farmall Sidewalk Plows

CA. 1920 - 1930S Chevrolet Hot Shot - A
CA. 1920
1930S Chevrolet Hot Shot
Family Farm Photos - Guernsey Cow and my Grandmother
Family Farm Photos
 Family Farm Photos  - These are photos of the family farm in the late 20
Family Farm Photos
Ford Ferguson Educational Farm- Tractor School - This is my father, Frederick A. Stobbe,(center)1913-1974. He graduated Dearborn High, worked at Dearborn Inn, near Ford Rouge. Started career doing instructional and prototype work for Ford Ferguson System at the Rouge facility before WWII. Drafted US Army, served Corps of Engineers 460th France Belgium North Africa. Returned 1945 to re-establish career at Ford Tractor & Implement until his death in 1974, Field Test & Engineering Tech
Ford Ferguson Educational Farm- Tractor School
Ford 2N - This is my father, Frederick A. Stobbe, 1913-1974. He graduated Dearborn High, worked at Dearborn Inn, near Ford Rouge. Started career doing prototype work for Ford Ferguson System at the Rouge facility before WWII. Drafted US Army, served Corps of Engineers 460th France Belgium North Africa. Returned 1945 to re-establish career at Ford Tractor & Implement until his death in 1974, Field Test & Engineering Tech
Ford 2N
Moving A Silo #6 - These are 6 pictures from 1962 when my Uncle Jerry Orbaker had a wooden stave silo moved from his farm across the road to my Grandpa
Moving A Silo #6

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