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Future Farmer: 1939

Future Farmer: 1939

September 1939. "Bud Kimberley, a future farmer of America, driving a tractor. Jasper County, Iowa." The brother of Margaret, seen here yesterday. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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There isn't much shown of the tractor Bud is driving - so I had to do some digging.

It appears to be an Allis Chalmers WC series tractor. The stamped end of the fuel tank makes this an earlier model; later versions of the tractor had rounded tanks.

[Below, more of Bud and his tractor. - Dave]

James Bud Kimberley 1922-1993

December 25, 1922 to Feb. 3, 1993.

James Bud Kimberley of Collins, Iowa, died age 70 of a heart attack at his home in rural Collins.

He was born to John B. and Carrie (Dunlap) Kimberley at Collins. He was a lifelong resident in the Collins area, graduating from Collins High School and attending Iowa State University for one year. He married Alta Harris on Nov. 21, 1942, at the Little Brown Church at Nashua. He was a self-employed as a farmer. He was a member of the Collins United Methodist Church and was a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Alta, of Collins: his three daughters, Nancy Smith and Jean Nielsen, both of Chicago, and Kerry Funke of Norwalk; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Fisher of Twin Lakes and Blanche Bodie of Knoxville.

Keeping up with the Kimberleys

Margaret Lou's two brothers, James and Howard, outlasted World War II. Generations of the extended Kimberley family included owners of at least six farmsteads in northwestern Jasper County and southeastern Story County, small-town bankers, county and state agricultural agents, and many others. According to a 2016 Des Moines Register story, Kimberley Farms Co. now owns or rents over 4,000 acres in Jasper, Story and Polk Counties. One of its farms has been visited twice by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who announced plans to use it as the model for a demonstration farm in Hebei province.

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