January 25, 2023

Avery Company History

Robert H. and Cyrus M. Avery formed the Avery Planter company at Galesburg, Illinois in 1874. Robert Avery had developed some ideas about corn planters during his imprisonment at Andersonville, […]

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December 28, 2022

IH 781 / 881 Forage Harvesters

In 1981, IH replaced its 720 and 830 forage harvesters with newer, updated models, the 781 and 881. These new forage harvesters were very similar to their older counterparts. Both […]

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December 7, 2022

Ford Tractor

Hello, readers! I do hope your summer and fall have been good to you. I am sorry about taking longer to write about Ford tractors than I intended, but farm […]

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October 17, 2022

Nine Goats and a 2640

The house I live in was built in 1907 by my great grandparents, Blanche Sheffield and Clarence Burrell. The Sheffield and Burrell families had been neighbors in Boone, Iowa before […]

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October 14, 2022

Take a look-farm toy sets

My farm toy collecting interests have changed over time and I’m sure that’s true for most people in this hobby. I started receiving farm toys when I was quite young, […]

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October 12, 2022

Shortline

Pig Iron Peddler and déjà vu Okay, hope 2019 has started well for our readers. Down here in Texas, we are still wet from fall and early winter rains. It’s […]

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October 10, 2022

Memorabilia

Bottle openers Part of the fun of collecting is seeing the vast array of different types of literature and memorabilia that is out there in the farm world. Recently we […]

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October 8, 2022

Truck Pages-Snow Plows

Yep, just about done. Only a few scoops left. You’ve been out here shoveling for hours to clear the driveway. You stand up and stretch—it feels like your back will […]

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October 3, 2022

Industry

I am sort of doubling up with this article. What we’re going to be looking at is the bicentennial edition of John Deere’s Furrow magazine. The Furrow is a Deere […]

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September 30, 2022

John Deere art

There have been many very good artists over time and their art has become a large boost to JD nostalgia. Most early advertising was paintings and that continued, along with […]

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September 28, 2022

Back down the line

I am looking forward to this visit. This picture is really interesting and has a lot of small detail in it. If I remember correctly, when I bought the picture, […]

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Huber Model 20-36

On January 25, 1929, Huber completed tractor # 9414. This was the first production 20-36. Probably owing to the success of the Huber “Light Four” cross motor tractor the 20-36 […]

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Minneapolis-Moline Company History

As with the Cockshutt line, the Minneapolis- Moline line had no connection with Oliver Corporation in the strictest sense. The commonality lies in the acquisition of Minneapolis-Moline, Cockshutt, and Oliver […]

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Deering Harvester Co. History

Deering Harvester Company formed another major root of International Harvester Company. When William Deering became involved in the harvester business, Cyrus Hall McCormick had been at it for about forty […]

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September 15, 2022

J.I. Case History

Everything in life has its challenges. The history of mechanized agriculture is certainly no exception. Although the history of J. I. Case Company is seen here through the product lines, […]

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September 14, 2022

My part of the world

An itch gets scratched In our last visit, I mentioned that I was hoping to go to Colorado and cut wheat. Finally this summer, a plan worked out. A few […]

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Ford 6000

Maybe it is fitting that the styling of the Ford 6000 has sometimes been described as odd, because the story of the tractor can only be described the same way. […]

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Versatile 700

When most people think of Versatile, they think of really big tractors, so many would be surprised to learn that it wasn’t until 1972 that the company introduced a tractor […]

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September 13, 2022

Farmall 806

In the year 1963, IH released its first “clean sheet” designed tractor that was engineered at its new Hinsdale, Illinois engineering facility. This was the new model 806 tractor. The […]

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September 9, 2022

Shortline

When we had our John Deere dealership, I played many roles over the years. I first started out cleaning and helping around the place and eventually became the parts runner. […]

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September 7, 2022

John Deere factories

One of the many benefits of being a truck driver for John Deere dealerships was meeting all of the great people working at the equipment factories. Being there often, you […]

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September 6, 2022

Summer Toy Show

In June, I attended the Summer Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Iowa. It had been quite a number of years since I was able to go, so when the opportunity […]

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7100 series Magnum

After the purchase of the IH Ag Division by Tenneco, it was merged with Case in hopes that a new company could be formed to survive the turbulent 1980s’ farm […]

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