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Learning To Drive
I grew up on farms in Northeastern Ohio. When I was about 7 years old (around 1951 or 1952), I began driving tractor for the man that our family worked for. It was a big Minneapolis Moline with a hand clutch. I couldn't reach the pedals very well but I could operate the hand clutch.

We were still putting up some loose hay but mostly small square bales. We were also binding corn stalks, making corn shocks, and then picking up the bundles later. I drove the tractor pulling the hay/corn wagon. I wasn't really strong enough or skilled enough to turn the tractor around at the end of the rows, so if/when I messed up the turn well enough, one of the men would jump up onto the tractor and get me started back down the field.

I can barely remember life before driving. I still love to drive anything that moves.

Tom in TN

Submitted By: Tom In Tn from TN on 2009-11-01

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