A Pioneer with Tractors
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The late Clark Young had claimed to have the first "small" farm tractor in York County. "Small" would mean that the large engines typically used in the enormous fields of western Canada did not "count".

While the following record from a local paper, September 21 1916, may not relate to Clark's first use of tractors, it is a suitable introduction to the career of a pre-eminent agriculturalist. Clark was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. When he retired, he sold the farm for use as a Massey Harris experimental farm.

Oil Tractor Demonstration

That York County farmers are fully alive to the value of anything  that will add to the productiveness of the farm or reduce operating expenses was demonstrated yesterday afternoon at the farm of John Young & Sons, Hagerman's Corners. From all parts of York County leading farmers gathered to witness the demonstration given by the International Harvester Co. of there Mogul 8-16 Kerosene Tractor drawing three Oliver Engine Plows. The test was a severe one as the ground was hard as a bone, yet the tractor, operated by Mr. Clark Young, pulled the three plows set to a depth of seven inches through the soil without apparent effort, doing the work much better than could be done with horses. In fact, Mr. Young informed the Economist-Sun that the ground was so hard that he found it impossible to plow with horses, but he had been turning over five acres a day with ease with the tractor. He also had used the tractor for threshing his grain, and having a cleaner of his own, had threshed his grain as fast as two teams could draw it from the field to the barn, and throw the sheaves into the self feeder of the cleaner, the   blower taking care of the straw, all without extra help. He expected next spring to disk, harrow and seed his land all with one operation of the tractor. In talking to the farmers present, your reporter found them almost unanimous in opinion that this style of tractor was just what was needed on a farm of from 150 acres up, as it would do the work of at least four horses and an extra man and do it better and quicker. The Mogul 8-16 Kerosene tractor weighs 2 1/2 tons, is simple in construction, and operation, turns quickly, costs about 25 cents per acre for coal oil for plowing and has a device for automatically steering itself after the first furrows are turned, so that the furrows are straight as a line. Any person of average intelligence can learn to operate it in a few hours. Mr. Andrew Wideman of Markham, the district agent, who arranged the demonstration, will be glad to quote prices and furnish all information.

The Scarboro Heights Record V11 #7