My grandfather farmed in Monkton (VT) near the Starksboro town line on the States Prison Hollow Road. It was his father’s farm as well. While on the farm my grandfather also sold Massey-Harris equipment and Gulf Oil products. Through his dealership he ordered 2 GP’s, one which he kept and the other he sold. When my grandfather acquired the GP it was the only tractor he used on the farm for many years. My grandfather eventually added a Massey Harris “81”. Before the GP he had an “old” Case.
My father recounted that my grandfather would drive the GP over to “Gramp Carpenters” (father-in-law) farm to help him out. Frequently in fields where possible, sometimes in roads. Gramp Carpenter lived at the David Russell farm, about 5 miles away.
My uncle took over the farm at one point and operated it for several years and continued to use the GP. My uncle eventually sold the GP to Randall French, another Monkton farmer, and it left the family.
Randall French eventually traded the GP in at a local John Deere dealership. It was added to their collection of vintage tractors. It was eventually sold when the owner of the dealership passed it on to his sons.
Around 2000, my father went with a nephew to look at some tractors that the nephew was interested in. The nephew was a collector of John Deere equipment and going to go look at some Johnny Poppers. He suggested that my father might be interested in going along as the person also had an old Massey Harris for sale as well. The Massey for sale was a GP. My father was pretty excited to see it and took the serial number wondering if it had gone thought my grandfather’s dealership. He then went to see my uncle, who had my grandfather’s business books for the dealership when he was on the farm. When they looked to see if the GP was one sold by my grandfather, they discovered that it was the one he kept and used on the farm.
My father bought it. My father took the wheel drives apart, cleaned, repaired them, and reassembled them. He also cut new felt gaskets for the wheels.
My father recently moved and down-sized, leaving no room for a Massey Harris 44, which he sold or the GP. I was given the GP and am now the 3rd generation caretaker.