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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on May 16, 2019 at 17:43:47 [URL] [DELETE] :

We just found out another great one passed away. Dave Schafer of Flat Rock, Michigan passed away on November 26, 2018. Dave, like many other old timers, did not own a computer and had no interest in the Internet thus was not active in the NTC. He was an avid Ford Tractor enthusiast and owner and a close link to Henry Ford. Dave’s father worked for Henry Ford on his farm in Dearborn. He saw firsthand the marvelous invention of the 9N Tractor as it was produced. Dave was born in 1939 and that day Henry Ford gave Dave’s father a brand new 9N tractor, serial number 179. Dave’s father is also pictured in many of the 9N brochures demonstrating implements like plows and cultivators. The tractor was special to Dave, had remained in the family, and when he got older restored it to original. It unfortunately had lost its original aluminum hood over the years so it was replaced with a steel one. Dave and wife Pat often attended shows and the Mackinac Bridge crossing each Labor Day. Dave in later years found a late production 9N locally and bought it and restored it as well. He owned bragging rights to an early production 9N and a late production 9N. There is full story in an issue of Ford/Fordson Journal. We have a story about Dave and the Ford Flat Rock Lamp Factory archived here. Rest In Peace Dave, it was an honor to have known you.


Tim Daley(MI)

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