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Nancy    Posted 10-15-2019 at 05:46:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • On Oct 2 and 3 was the 10-year anniversary of Palmer Fossum auctions we said goodbye to 75+ tractor's 150+ implements and no clue on the parts and acessories. It started raining on the first day of the sale and rained through the whole auction. There was somebody from every state in the United States and 26 different provinces of Canada. There was people from New Zealand, Australia and right around 20 people from England. Palmer started collecting tractor in 1976. And at the time that he passed away in 2007 he was known as the largest Ford collector in the United States and the second largest in the world. Loren said a year before he passed away that they just went through all of the tractors and he had 275 tractors! (From 1924-1964) And over 300 implements! Wow time flies!!!

    John in MIch    Posted 10-15-2019 at 18:16:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I had the pleasure of visiting Palmer at his farm in 1999 following the F/FCA gathering in LeSeur, Minn. I have pictures of "most" of his tractors as they were parked around his farm.
    I also attended the auction, in the rain, and was almost overwhelmed by the size of the sale. I did buy parts for my Arps tracks.
    A side note, I got stuck in the mud. 4x4 pickup didn't like 8" ruts. 8 wheel tractor hooked on and I asked the driver if he wanted me to be in drive or neutral. He said, "I don't care if you put it in park, you are coming out of there" SURE DID! LOL
    Palmer is gone but not forgotten.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 10-15-2019 at 13:18:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I went to the first day of that auction when they sold the parts, etc. Time sure flys.
    Lots of people and lots of neat stuff. Lots of mud too!
    I bought the bumper I still have on my 3000 there.
    I had met Palmer a few times before.
    Bought a few small things from him and bought my first One Armed Bandit loader from him.
    He told me the story of how he acquired it.
    An old man had it on an 8N for many years and used it a Lot - but gently.
    Then he passed away and and a young couple bought the homestead including the tractor.
    The new owner was way too rough with it and broke the tractor in half.
    Palmer bought the tractor/loader and had to winch it on his trailer in 3 pieces. Then he put a different transmission in the 8N and sold it.
    I bought the loader from it.
    He used another 8N with a Dearborn loader to put it on my trailer.
    Watching him clamber up the 3 point to get into the seat convinced me right then and there that I didn't EVER want one of those jungle gym loaders.
    Fair winds and following seas to you Mr. Fossum. You were a kind and friendly man and I feel fortunate to have met you.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-15-2019 at 07:52:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Nancy-

    I remember that day well -lotsa mud and cold rain. I had spoken with Palmer a few times on the phone and ordered some parts from him. He told me that he had once come to my town in Lapeer, Michigan to pick up an early 9N tractor. It was but 2 miles from my house but I didn't know he was coming there. I also bought some early 9N parts from you prior to the auction. I saw this on a Ford Tractor Facebook page the other day too. I can't believe it's been that long. He was a good man and I am honored to have known him. Rest In Peace Palmer.

    Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)

    *9N653I* & *8NI55I3*

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