Massey 50
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Description: This 1958 Massey Ferguson is owned by the family of Virgil and Elsie Siedhoff of Union, Missouri. Both Virgil & Elsie grew up on farms and always enjoyed the farming lifestyle. The two met at a church picnic where Virgil said he had to "jump the fence" to get Elsie's attention to ask her for a dance. Many of their first dates were spent delivering milk door-to-door. It sparked the couple to start Siedhoff Distributing Company in Union, Missouri, and the business continues to thrive today. The Siedhoff's were blessed with 5 children, Linda, Denise, Jerene, Virgil, and Monica, all of whom still work together at the same company started by their parents. In the spring of 1985, the couple purchased a farm in Union, Missouri, so they could get back into the farm life they both loved so much. This Massey Ferguson 50 was included as part of the purchase, so it could stay on that farm. Virgil was happy to see it stay. He said "I'm a Massey guy" and added it to his small collection of 35 and 65 Masseys. The 50 served the farm for several years in different capacities, with it's most recent assignment cutting grass and property maintenance to keep the farm in tip top shape. In their retirement years, the couple stayed busy with the farm and their community. For several years Virgil participated in the local tractor cruise for the Knights of Columbus called the Journey for Charity. During this cruise, he was "persuaded" to let his nephew clean up his tractor with the help of the students from the Four Rivers Career center in nearby Washington, Missouri. When the 50 arrived, Virgil had no knowledge of what was really in store for his tractor. With help from his children, the students had the necessary parts and components to make sure this little 50 was restored properly to still provide many more years of faithful service. When his tractor was returned, Virgil refused to work it anymore because it was "Too pretty to use." Virgil and Elsie are dearly missed by all of their family, but having this little 50 is a small way to remember them. The family smiles when they see it.