My name is Lenwood G. Holo. I was born in 1938 on a farm in Loma, North Dakota. I was raised on the family farm
until 1952 when my father sold the farm. Following the sale of our farm, I continued to work for local farmers in and around
the Loma area. Throughout these years, the fall harvest grew to be my passion.
In 1955, I started working for a farm implement dealer. Again, my love was for the harvest time and working around
In the late 1950's I bought a Massey Harris combine and custom combined until Uncle Sam called me to serve my country.
I sold my combine and truck and left to serve in the U.S. Air Force for four years. It was during this time, I met my wife,
Pat, and we began raising a family. Following my discharge from the Air Force, I returned to my job at a farm implement dealer
in Kindred, North Dakota.
In the late 60's, we decided to move to the big city of Minneapolis, Minnesota because of the opportunity for better
wages and benefits. At this time, my career took me from farm implements to the heavy duty trucking industry.
As a natural born mechanic, I was well suited for the heavy duty trucking industry. I have worked the service maintenance
side either as a technician or a manager for both truck leasing companies and new truck dealers. Although I remained working
in the trucking industry, my love for farming and the harvest has endured.
Last fall, I started working toward my life's dream - to complete a tribute to the custom harvesters
in the year 2004. My plan includes restoring one Massey Harris 21A combine, one 2-ton truck, one pickup truck, and a travel
trailer - all from circa 1940's. I had chosen 2004 to coincide with 1944, the year of the first harvest brigade. Being born
in North Dakota, I plan to start the tribute in Langdon, North Dakota. The journey would begin by traveling the eastern edge
of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and arriving in Texas in late March into early April of 2004 in time
for the winter wheat harvest. The tribute would then continue along a north central route of the wheat belt and return to
Langdon, North Dakota. We would combine wheat at pre-determined locations along the entire route.
And so...the journey has begun.