OXFORD – A 1927-1929 Ford tractor was taken for a ride on Aug. 24 to the Oxford County Fairgrounds.

Don and Barbara Hancock of Mechanic Falls presented it to the Oxford Historical Society on June 24, 1988, for public display.

It had been in the Oxford Historical Society’s barn on display since that time, waiting for someone to repair it. Tucked into the rear of the barn for 17 years, few had a chance to see it.

The Oxford County Fair Association has recently completed a lean-to addition to their Farm Museum, making an ideal location for a new home and display area for “Old Faithful.”

A lot of years have passed, but only a few stops made. First the tractor was on a farm on the road from Mechanic Falls to West Minot, then to brothers Clifford and Clayton Strout of Mechanic Falls. Then it was primarily used to ready the gardens in the spring. Don Hancock bought and had it for many years, as he said, more or less as a plaything.

Len’s Auto of Oxford offered to transport it to the Oxford County Fairgrounds and on Aug. 24, Alex “Sandy” Luke arrived at 9 a.m. and completed the transfer. Included were three original manuals showing parts list, with prices and repair charges for the services.


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