A Murrow Family Challenge………#173 (80’s)

Bud Murrow new owner of a John Deere 95

.  An unexpected change,  the advent of a new service manager for the Kiowa Service Company, Larry Foster having moved on, the communal being that he desired to go in business for himself, the clandestine reason being,  a discordant with owner Steve Miller’s posture,  on warranties and other irregularities.  Gary having experienced Miller’s pressure to apply a warranty resolution whenever possible,  or even  manufacture a possibility,  Larry’s refusal to be part of this deception,  an added reason for his departure.

.  The Service Company was introduced to Howard  Williams, a middle age service department manager,  who was previously employed by a John Deere Dealership in Norman Oklahoma.  Gary,  as well as many of the Service Company employee’s puzzled over how Steve Miller came about finding Howard, but then again the same could be said about his hiring of Steve McCreary.  Like McCreary, Howard immediately sought  means to establishing permanent residency,  he and his wife  purchasing and preparing a vacant lot on the corner of South 9th and Robinson Street for a double wide modular home.

.  On the home front, Gary’s father-in-law,  Bud Murrow,  was prompted by his family to engage in something he had never attempted before, harvest his own wheat, the only problem was he didn’t have a combine.  Bud in the past, along with other members of his wife’s family,  joined together hiring someone to harvest the once Roth family sections of land.  Bud giving in to the wishes of his wife and daughters, approaching John Miller about renting or buying a used combine to harvest his quarter section of wheat.  John recently having  traded for a vintage 1960’s 95 combine that was in working order,  but in need of some minor repairs and an engine head gasket.  The two coming to agreement at a nominal price for what Gary thought might be the Murrow’s first and last time in harvesting their own wheat. also having some concern with his younger brother-in law Shawn Johnson,  who was working for Murrow construction at the time,  taking a quasi-part in the repairs.

The harvest event resembled more of a picnic than a serious harvesting endeavor, a family affair with the children and grandchildren all taking turns riding in the combine as it slowly progressed with its cutting endeavor thru the 120 acres.   The wheat hauling truck duties shared among the Murrow daughter Gayle Robb and son-in-law Shaw.  Gary unable to participate, his duty at the parts counter during the harvest weeks stretched into sixteen hour days.

.  Gary’s wife Jan entering Kiowa  Service  looking perplexed, it was nearing the final day for the family’s  95 combine to complete its appointed task.  Jan evoking that the combine had stopped running,  Shawn, Gary’s brother-in-law spending several hours trying to remedy its problem but to no avail.   Jan with a look of hopelessness  presented a question,  “could you do something?   Gary immediately thought of his friend Ron Zahtner but he was on a service call and unavailable.   A walk thru the shop area finding Keith Hoffman,  Jim Pulliam and Danny Callison,  all three having returned from service calls.  Gary relating the Bud Murrow combine predicament,  mentioning that Shawn  had attempted to resolve the problem without success,  the three all shaking their head, acknowledging they knew Shawn.

. Keith volunteered to make the short journey to Bud’s acreage, then Denny added his voice,  followed by Jim,  all three would participate.  Keith’s service pickup was full, with three mechanics,  Gary notifying Craig Brattin he would be out of the building,  telling Jan that hope was on its way before following the others.  The short excursion to the Murrow’s state line  farm accomplished,  the three journeyman mechanics discovering a solace 95 combine sitting in the field with a sulking  Shawn Johnson giving a summary of the circumstances,  and what he thought the problems was.  the three addressing  the situation,  Jim cranking the engine,  Keith and Denny on top assessing the engine problem.

.  Within what seemed like minutes a resolution was determined, with some skilled adjustments the vintage harvester came to life,  once again ready to fulfill its appointed task.  The task completed, Gary posing a questioned to three about submitting a work order,  all three just smiled,  “tell Bud the service call is on us”.

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