1926 to the end of 1932, New Holland Corporation farmed the drained
bed of Lake Mattamuskeet. In January 1932, as part of its expanding
farming operation at Lake Mattamuskeet, New Holland Corporation bought
twelve new 1930 Oliver Hart-Parr Model 28-44 steel wheeled tractors.
This purchase brought the inventory of tractors on the lake farm to
After the owners of the
lake property decided to discontinue the farming operation in the lake
bed in the fall of 1932, the old tractors were sold at auction. Dr.
Reubin Bennett Stotesbury, a local veterinarian who owned a farm
nearby bought one of 1930 Oliver Hart-Parr tractor with the serial
number 500723. He used the tractor until he “wore it out” and then
abandoned it as junk. Dr. Stotesbury died in 1971.
In 1996, Nancy Stotesbury
Cook, daughter of the late Dr. Stotesbury, donated the tractor to The
Mattamuskeet Foundation on behalf of the Reubin Bennett Stotesbury
1999, the foundation contracted Joe Gress or R&R Services, Repair
& Restoration, Shreve,
Ohio, to completely restore the tractor.
Gress encountered some
difficulties, the major one being a twelve-inch crack in the engine
block. He arranged to have the block welded, put replacement sleeves
in the cylinders from a parts tractor, and now the restored engine is
tight with solid compression. The restored tractor looks and runs like