Tractor - International Harveter Company Titan 10-20
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RPM 575 (TY serial number prefix designates 575 RPM)
Drawbar 16 HP
Belt 26 HP
TITAN \ MFD BY \ INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY \ CHICAGO USA
THIESS \ 1
TITAN \ 10-20 \ IHC
CHAIN TOO LOOSE MAY BREAK SPROCKET \ SHIFT AXLE ECCENTRICS TO TIGHTEN CHAIN \ SEE INSTRUCTION BOOK ...
Tractor No. \ TY70827
This tractor was purchased by Bert Thiess's father Henry in the early 1920s, in order for his five older boys to have a way of making an income. Henry took a bold step and sold off his dairy cattle and purchased this tractor, a chaff cutter and corn husker/thresher. The tractor was used to haul the chaff cutter and cornhusker to their farm contract jobs. The boys took on contracts with local farms around the Darling Downs. Within a few years the younger boys, lead by Leslie, took over the contracting work. This was the beginning of what would be become Thiess Bros, a small contracting company that became a global construction and mining giant.